Metal roofs have slowly but surely gained traction as a roofing material not just for commercial buildings but for residential structures, as well. Standing seam metal roofs used to be seen only as industrial-type roofs, but modern versions have become the primary option for many homeowners. Many local roofing companies focus on installing only standing seam metal roofs, while others have expanded their business to include metal as one of their offerings.
There are several reasons behind the steadily rising popularity of metal roofing systems:
Reliability and Durability
When you choose the right standing seam metal roof, it can last up to 3 times longer than lighter gauge, screw-down metal roofs. Top-quality options also have better paint quality that can last up to 35 years.
While good asphalt shingle roofs can last 20+ years, standing seam metal roofs can last 30-50 years. With minimal maintenance, it’s not uncommon for many of these roofs to last as long as 75-100 years. At the end of the roof’s life span, most of the material is completely recyclable.
Resistance to Fire
Unlike other roofing materials, standing seam metal is highly resistant to fire. You can also find treated metal with even higher fire-resistance. This means your home or commercial space is safer. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your roofing contractor so you can set your expectations.
While on the surface you might not think of a standing seam metal roof as the most affordable option, that doesn’t mean it’s not highly cost-effective. As a matter of fact, it’s more cost-effective than regular asphalt roofing choices or even regular metal roofing.
With the longevity of standing seam metal roofing material, you can easily save up to four times the cost of replacing an asphalt shingle roof. Standing seam metal roofs also use clips underneath the panels instead of the several thousand exposed screws used to fasten other metal roofing choices. This means your standing seam metal roof is a lot less likely to develop leaks due to screws, even when you consider the expansion and contraction of the material with temperature changes.
You can also save money on cooling expenses because, contrary to what some might believe, standing seam metal roofs don’t attract heat. They reflect it. It’s important, however, to talk to your contractor regarding this, as some color options might be more reflective than others.
You also save on upkeep, as standing seam metal roofs don’t require so much maintenance.
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