Solar Metal Roofing 2022: Thin Film Laminates vs. PV Solar Panels

Not all PV solar power systems are created equal…

Some are more equal than others! 😉

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An ever-increasing number of environmentally conscious and high-energy-cost sensitive homeowners and savvy businesspeople consider installing a PV solar power system to harness the energy of the sun to generate electricity for their homes, or commercial buildings.

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For years, the traditional approach has been based on installing the rather heavy, crystalline solar panels on top of an asphalt shingle roof, an oil-based roofing system with a relatively short lifespan.

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This approach has worked for a while, however, roof penetrations, needed for the installation of a solar panel mounting or racking system, made to an asphalt shingle roof, can increase the likelihood of premature roof leaks down the road, and further shorten the already short lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof.

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2022 Standing Seam Metal Roof Details: Cost, Colors, and Pros & Cons

Standing seam is a descriptive industry term for vertical sheet metal panels. It’s one of the most popular metal roofing styles for homes, thanks to its beauty, durability, longevity, simplicity, versatility, energy efficiency, and its remarkably clean, bold looks.

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If you like the modern style of raised metal seams and clean vertical lines on a metal roof, then consider installing this system on your home. A standing seam metal roof will not only compliment your home, but it will also give it that contemporary look and feel, providing unmatched durability, longevity, and energy efficiency. 😉

Standing Seam Metal Panels in a Nutshell

Standing seam is a high-end upgrade and an undisputed step up in quality and longevity from the classic corrugated and ribbed style metal roofs. Unlike its predecessor, corrugated steel roofing, which is still being widely used today for many commercial, industrial, and even some residential projects, standing seam has an improved design featuring concealed fasteners.

The ingenious design of standing seam metal roof featuring its characteristic raised seams, with no exposed screws in the roof, helps minimize the chance of a roof leak down the road.

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$14,500
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How Does Standing Seam Compare to Metal Shingles?

Standing seam metal roofs can sometimes cost 20% to 30% more to install than metal shingles on more complex roofs. This is largely attributed to a more tedious labor necessary to install standing seam panels on a more complex roof with multiple dormers and valleys.

In terms of performance, there is no significant difference between the two systems, however the quality of your installation and strict adherence to your system’s manufacturer’s specifications is by far the single most important factor determining longevity and performance of any residential or commercial, high-end metal roof.

How Much Does it Cost to Install Standing Seam?

Total average cost to install a new architectural standing seam metal roof on a house can range between $10.00 to $16.50 per square foot or $1,050 to $1,850 per square, depending on the roof size, accessibility, home style, and project location. — This price range includes any required building permits, materials and supplies, professional labor, and workmanship warranty from the installer.

Standing seam roof on a two-story house

For a typical 2,000 square foot residential roof, it will cost between $22,000 and $37,000 to install standing seam. More, if there is also a detached garage to re-roof.

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Top 6 Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Their Costs in 2021

Are your ready to make your home greener and more energy-efficient? If so, consider the following five home improvement upgrades that can be completed by a professional remodeling contractor, as well as by an experienced DIY enthusiast working collaboratively with a handy friend. 😉 1. Cool Roofs vs. Traditional Asphalt Shingles and Dark EPDM Rubber … Read more