Standing Seam Roofing – Taking Metal Roofing To Another Level
By Ernest Jarquio
People might think of the roofing industry as a boring field, but it is actually a dynamic trade that has been around for quite a time. With the great advancements in roofing technology coupled with a wide array of choices, there is actually more to roofing than meets the eye. One of the great breakthroughs that make roofing exciting is the emergence of standing seam roofing.
Standing seam roofing is considered to be among the most important breakthroughs for the roofing industry within the past two decades. It is highly recommended for builders who need a durable protection that is puncture-resistant and strong enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.
The Benefits of Standing Seam Roof
What people like most about standing seam roofing is its durability. With the revolutionary sliding and concealed clip system, this type of roof can manage thermal shock. The clip system lets equivalent amounts of force to be diffused in two directions, allowing for better shock absorption. This is made possible through rigid base upon which the clips are attached to the structural members of the building. The roof panel is clipped to the upper pat to form a seam.
Standing seam roof are also lightweight.
A square foot of panel weighs merely from 1 to 1.5 pounds. This contributes to the roof’s ease in installation. They can practically be installed any time of the year. Standing seam roofs can easily be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the need to tear the previous layer off.
Standing seam roof is also quite easy to maintain.
The roof may perform problem-free for at least 20 years with minimal or no maintenance measures. This is so much better compared to other roofing options such as built-up roofs, which need to be maintained frequently.
Standing seam roof is also weatherproof.
It can withstand win, rain, and even snow because of the weather-tight seam that join panels together. Sealants may even be applied to these seams to further increase its protective properties. When properly installed, the roof can withstand high wind conditions, passing standards as high as UL 580 for wind uplift, as well as ratings as high as ASTM E-1592 for structural performance standard. The fire rating is high as well with a classification of Factory Mutual Class A, passing the highest standards for the industrial setting.
Standing seam roof is also very reliable.
The drainage of snow and rain is quite efficient, and thus water ponds are avoided as well as leaks and other problems that usually plague other flat roof systems. The effects of thermal movements are also prevented with the fastening system used for standing seam roof panels. The metal panels are securely locked in their places by clips within the raised seam. These clips are subtly movable, allowing the panels some room for contraction and expansion during extreme weather changes. The concealed clip also helps prevent leaks while keeping the roof attractive.
Standing seam roof is also very cost-effective.
They come with at least 20-year warranties, which is rather long compared to conventional roofing options such as single-ply and built-up systems. Because of their durability, owners can save a lot from maintenance costs.
Even if standing seam is made of metal, it can be designed to resist corrosion. To reinforce the roof’s durability, it only needs a coating of aluminum, zinc or, better yet, an alloy of aluminum and zinc. As a bonus, the protective coating may even add to the roof’s aesthetic value especially for additional coatings of organic paints with special protecting pigments. Standing seam roofing also allows for great flexibility in designing. It can be attached to both flat and steep profiles.
Another great thing about standing seam roofing, especially for those who are environmentally concerned, is that it is highly recyclable. As it is made of steel it can be recycled better than other roofing materials. It may also be reused in some cases, so standing seam roofing is a great choice for those who want to help save the planet.
The roofing industry has definitely come a long way. Standing seam roofing is one of those things that has made this industry an exciting one. So if you are choosing a good roofing material then standing seam might be the one for you.