What Is Standing Seam Roofing?

There are many distinct types of roofing available that fall under metal roofing and standing seam roofing is one of them. The best metal roofing for your property is determined by a variety of criteria, including its ultimate use, budget, and needs. So, before settling on your new metal roof, you should conduct some study.

That’s where we come in. Our team of roofing professionals at SPS Roofing will guide you throughout the process and give you experienced guidance to ensure you make the right selection for your unique property.

This blog post will provide you with a complete reference on a specific style of popular metal roofing.

Standing seam roof
Standing seam roof by SPS Roofing Ltd

What is standing seam roofing?

Standing seam roofing is a popular style of metal roofing. It’s used in residential and commercial applications, and it’s particularly well-suited for areas that get heavy snow loads or wind gusts.

Standing seam panels are made from extruded aluminum sheets that are pre-formed with flanges on them. 

The seams between the panels are sealed using an adhesive or by welding. The seams create a waterproof seal between the panels, which prevents leaks from occurring at this vulnerable point in your home’s exterior walls. 

This also means that you don’t need to worry about water penetration where you might have to contend with other types of metal roofs, such as tile or shingle roofs that don’t have any waterproof sealant applied before installation begins!

How does standing seam roofing work?

Standing seam roofing is a type of metal roofing that is corrugated.

Standing seam roofs are built with panels that are joined at the seams with fasteners (nails or screws) to form runnels (vertical grooves) and ridges around the perimeter of each panel. The vertical ridges, which can vary in height depending on your design, give standing seam roofs their distinctive look.

The individual panels are typically made from galvanized steel, copper or aluminum; they’re then assembled into starter strips by crimping seams together with special tooling before being fastened to structural members such as purlins or load-bearing beams called trusses with nails or screws.

Benefits of a standing seam roofing

Standing seam roofing brings with several benefits which is listed below:

  • They feature an appealing, contemporary, and simple design.
  • These roofs may be relied on to safeguard the structure of the building because of their exceptional strength and longevity.
  • The materials are lightweight.
  • These roofs can be built in a matter of hours.
  • They are a very inexpensive choice (particularly when cost-saving metals, like pre-coated steel, are used).

In addition to the above, it’s energy efficient too.

Because standing seam roofs are made from materials that naturally reflect heat back into the environment instead of allowing it to build up inside your home, they keep your house cooler in summer while keeping it warmer in winter (depending on the climate where you live). This helps reduce your energy costs by preventing excess heating/cooling usage throughout all four seasons! 

In addition: Because standing seam roofs have less surface area than other types – such as asphalt shingle – they also require less energy input than other types do during manufacturing processes before installation onto homes (which means lower greenhouse gas emissions).

How long does standing seam roofing last?

Standing seam roofing can last up to 50 years, making it a great option for homeowners looking for durability. Other types of roofing like shingle and tile don’t last as long, so if you want something that is going to last, standing seam is your best bet. In addition to being durable, standing seam roofs are also resistant to fire and wind damage because of the galvanized steel used in their construction.

Installing a standing seam roof

The standing seam roof installation process is fairly straightforward, but there are some steps to take before the actual installation.

  • You’ll need to remove your old roof and any other materials that were installed on top of it. The new standing seam metal panels will replace these materials, so make sure all of them are gone before proceeding.
  • Install lock strips at the rakes and eaves (the parts of your house where two different types of plywood meet). The lock strips will be fitted at the eaves and rakes of your roof (the slanting edge of your roof). Your lock strips will be constructed of the same material as your metal panels, in the same color and gauge.
  • Your underlayment will be placed once the lock strips are set on the rakes and eaves. Underlayment is often a felt (15 lb, 30 lb, or synthetic) material that is applied over your decking to give additional protection.
  • Once those steps are taken care of, you can begin installing your standing seam metal panels on top of your house’s decking material (the plywood layer that covers most roofs). Make sure they’re tight against each other so no gaps exist between them; otherwise water could get through between those gaps over time and cause damage inside your home! 
  • Following the installation of your panels, a piece of metal flashing must be fitted to fill in the gaps between the ribs of your metal panels and the ridge of your roof. This type of flashing is known as a z bar.
  • After installing the Z bars, your standing seam metal roof will be ready to lock into the ridge capping or transition metal. Ridge capping is the trim that is added at the apex of a roof where the two slopes meet. On your standing seam metal roof, it will be the same type and color as your metal panels.

Is this roofing type eco friendly?

Standing seam roofing is an eco-friendly, durable, affordable and energy-efficient option for your home. This type of roofing offers many benefits over traditional roofing materials like shingles or metal panels. In fact, standing seam is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to add a new roof to your home.

Standing seam roofs are made from galvanized steel that’s rolled into a corrugated shape and then welded together at seams along its length. These seams form ridges on top of each panel that offer protection against water penetration while also adding aesthetic value to homes with this type of covering. 

Traditional shingles have no seams and therefore create more openings through which moisture can enter into your attic space; standing seam panes have just one small hole at each joint where they’re joined together so there are fewer places for moisture to get in through compared with other types of construction materials used in residential construction projects today!

Looking for a professional roofer?

By now, you are probably convinced of the need for a professional roofer to install a standing seam roofing. 

If you’re looking to install a new roof on your home, then standing seam roofing may be the right choice. Standing seam roofs are designed to last and can provide many benefits including a higher level of durability and strength than other types of roofing materials. 

If you have questions about whether standing seam is right for your home or business, please contact us today!

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