Standing Seam Metal Roofs for Residential Homes

standing-seam-metal-roof-on-a-salt-box-house If you are looking for a roof that can give your home an exquisite, modern look coupled with superb durability and longevity, a standing seam metal roof is the perfect system to meet your needs. Standing seam roofs are quickly gaining in popularity among discerning homeowners who want to invest into an environmentally-friendly, premium quality roofing system that offers a true peace of mind for many decades to come.

What is it all about?

A standing seam roof is a metal roofing system, where continuous interlocking panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. The upturned edge of one metal panel that connects it to adjacent panels creates distinctive vertical lines and a trendy, modern look. Most of residential standing seam metal roofing systems are designed as watershed systems, requiring a minimum roof slope of 3:12 (14 degrees) or greater.

Green Standing Seam Roof

Residential standing seam panels are generally 12 to 19 inches wide. They are typically made out of painted galvanized steel/G-90 Steel, galvalume steel (offers greater protection from corrosion than galvanized steel), or painted aluminum. It is also possible to order panels made out of copper, or zinc, but these premium metals are more expensive, and are not a typical material choice for most homeowners.

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Are Corrugated Metal Roofs a Viable Option for Homes?

Ever since the mid 1800s, corrugated steel roofing has been used extensively on agricultural, commercial, and industrial roofs. You might remember the old barns, and farm houses covered with those “ugly” U-shaped steel panels. Corrugated roofs would often show rust in many spots of the roof. In those early days, corrugated roofing panels were made from bare non-coated steel, which accounted for their excessive corrosion resulting in a bad rep and perception of low quality at the time. Nonetheless, steel was cheap and abundant material, which made it economically feasible to replace any old, corroded steel panels as and when needed. Such were the expectations and process at the time.


But what about today? First, lets take a deeper look into what modern-day corrugated metal roofing is all about…

Corrugated metal panels are primarily made out of steel in form of U, V, R 5 V crimp shaped roofing panels. Typically, it’s a system of 32 to 36 inches wide corrugated panels held in place by exposed screws / fasteners matched to the color of the panels. Caulk is used at connecting points of overlap in between the panels for water tightness. Corrugated roofing panels can also be made from galvanized, galvalume, stainless steel, and aluminum. Corrugated roofing panel does not have a lot of thickness, which makes it quite affordable, but it does require some maintenance every once in a while depending on the system. More information and system specific details covering features and benefits of corrugated roofing are provided below.

Modern day corrugated metal roofing systems offer superior corrosion resistance, energy efficiency, and provide economical roof solution for commercial, agricultural, industrial, and for some systems even residential uses. Corrugated roofing panels are usually made from thin gauge steel, usually a 24, or 26 gauge steel, which makes it economical and practical, when it comes to covering large areas of roofing surfaces. Corrugated metal roofs are more practical and longer lasting than asphalt shingle roofs, and they cost much less than standing seam or metal shingles.

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