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Standing Seam Steel Roof

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Property owners and commercial investors considering installing standing seam metal roofing on their property often do so because they like the raised seams that give the structure a bold, modern and contemporary look, along with unmatched durability, longevity, and energy efficiency.

The Standing Seam Panel is the high-end upgrade from a classic rib or Pro Panel style metal sheet roofing that became comparable to industrial and agricultural corrugated metal roofing applications. Unlike Pro Panel Classic Rib steel roofing, which is still being widely used today for many commercial, industrial, and even some rustic residential roofing and siding applications, standing seam steel roofing has an improved design featuring concealed fasteners. Raised seams, with no roof penetrations, helps minimize any chances of roof leaks.

Standing seam roofs are generally made from thicker grades of steel than corrugated or Pro Panel steel roofs, which are often made using a very thin siding thickness 29 gauge steel. We use a minimum of 26 gauge steel coil for the manufacturing of our standing seam panels. A 24, and even 22 gauge Corten steel can also be used for residential and commercial panel styles, including architectural (requiring a roof deck) and structural (only requiring a roof frame with purlins) profiles.

A mid-panel stiffening technique incorporated within the roll forming process is sometimes employed by the sheet metal fabricators, suppliers and manufacturers for a 16 inch and wider standing seam panels in order to prevent "oil canning" of the panels. Nowadays, the metal coil from which standing seam panels are manufactured is usually factory painted with a high-end Kynar 500 paint finish, unlike corrugated and Classic Rib metal roofs that are often bare galvanized or painted with cheaper, older technology baked enamel.

Denver, Broomfield, Castle Rock and Boulder architects are especially fond of specifying standing seam for new construction and existing roofs thanks to the modern, clean lines, durability, along with traits like being fire proof. 75 year longevity with a high performance for a reasonable cost compared to tile also makes metal a rational investment. Standing seam roofs can also help improve the overall energy efficiency of a house, as well as helping prevent ice dams during the winter months by readily shedding snow load if designed properly.

We prefer and use almost exclusively a snap lock standing seam system - the seams can be locked by a simple snapping of the panels together. We will always use manufacturer approved fasteners with every panel during the installation. The quality of your installation and strict adherence to your system's manufacturer's specifications is by far the single most important consideration in getting a roofing system that will truly last its RATED Lifespan of 75 years. Other than that, the quality of installation workmanship, and making sure your deck is properly prepared before the installation of the standing seam panels, are the next most important aspects of a standing seam roof installation.

We always completely remove the old roofing before installing standing seam metal panels, and always use High Temperature Ice and Water Shield on the entire slopes. This product will remain stable and waterproof under the metal for much longer than the #30 felt required by most codes, or the Synthetic Underlayment used by most roofers these days. As with a tile roof, it can cost almost as much to repair a future leak in a steel roof as it does to replace the section.