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 lines, 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, along with its 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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Standing Seam vs. Corrugated Metal
Standing seam roofs are generally made from thicker grades of steel than corrugated steel roofs. While many corrugated steel roofs are made using the thinner 29 gauge steel, a minimum of 26 gauge G-90 galvanized steel or more commonly Galvalume steel (better) is used for manufacturing of standing seam metal panels.
A 24 and 22 gauge steel can also be used for residential and commercial styles including architectural (requiring a roof deck) and structural (requiring a suitable roof frame only) profiles.
A mid-panel stiffening technique is sometimes employed by the sheet metal fabricators, suppliers and manufacturers for a 16 inch and wider standing seam panels in order to prevent “oil canning” of the panels.
A metal coil from which standing seam panels are manufactured is usually factory painted with a high-end Kynar 500 paint finish. — this is unlike its close cousins corrugated and ribbed metal roofs (featuring exposed fasteners) that are often painted with cheaper, acrylic paints.