Some of the newest innovations to roofing come in metal. For several years commercial buildings have used standing seam metal roofs and found them not only acceptable but also often superior to the traditional roofing materials. Homeowners are now looking at a standing seam metal roof as a viable alternative for their home. There are good reasons why they should consider this type of roofing.
There are many different benefits for a standing seam metal roof. First these types of roofs are actually more durable than most types of roofs. The system used in this type of roof is a sliding clip assembly. The base of the assembly is rigid but the clip that fits over the seam allows for movement in all directions. This prevents thermal shock when temperatures change.
The ease of installation is another good reason to use a standing seam metal roof. The metal roof doesn’t require the warmth of spring or summer for installation. However, just like other types of roofing, it doesn’t work well when you have weather extremes like high winds, extremely cold weather or heavy rain. This has nothing to do with the material but is more for the safety of the worker.
Most of these metal roofs don’t require the installer to remove the old roof area. These types of roofs go right over the roofing already in existence. This is a real time and money saving feature when you’re reroofing an area. There’s no need to tent or close off the building area.
The panels for this type of roofing are relatively lightweight compared to other traditional roofing materials. The lighter weight helps reduce the stress on the building and underlying structure. Most of these systems are only one third of the weight of the traditional asphalt roof.
The standing seam metal roof offers 20 years or more of maintenance free roofing. Most of these roofs require little upkeep and often no maintenance time during that period. The roofs are far more effective at eliminating leaks and other problems. They don’t rot, crack, split or burn. The metal provides a great deal of strength.
These roofs are weather tight. Many of the factories provide sealants to the seam while forming the panels. When the installers put the panels in place, they have field-seaming machines that complete the seal. The clip system, as mentioned before not only allows the roof to expand and contract with changing weather but also prevents the exposure to the elements of the fasteners.
These types of roofs have a high rating for resistance to fire. They also have a high wind rating. These two ratings can help lower the cost of insurance coverage for your home or business. This means another savings for you each and every year.
The metal roofing system is not only energy efficient, it is also 100 percent recyclable. This means the standing seam metal roof is the perfect choice for those that want their home or business to be green and environmentally friendly. Many of the materials actually come from recycled material too.
There are a number of designs and colors from which to select. You’ll find that the value of your home increases dramatically if you have a metal roof. Because of the reliability of these types of systems and the longevity, people know that homes and businesses that have a standing seam metal roof, also insist on quality in other types areas of the building.