Thinking about a metal roof in 2020 or 2021? A standing seam metal roof may be right for you.
A standing seam metal roof is a type of metal roof that includes raised vertical seams on the sheet metal panels. These seams not only look great and create striking shadows, they have an important functional purpose: They protect roof joints from the elements.
This extra protection makes the standing seam metal roof the option of choice for maximum durability.
Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know when buying a standing seam metal roof:
Standing Seam Metal Roof Pros
There are plenty of good reasons to choose residential metal roofing, but a standing seam metal roof stands out above the rest. Compared to virtually all other roofing options, standing seam lasts longest and stands up to weather the best. You can expect it to last over 30 years with proper maintenance.
A standing seam metal roof is fireproof and strongly resistant to wind and rain. It’s completely fireproof and helps protect your home against algae and other exterior growth. And virtually all homeowners can enjoy significant cooling and heating savings, thanks to the way it reflects solar radiation.
Standing Seam Metal Roof Colors
If you’ve been looking for standing seam metal photos online, you’ve probably seen many pictures of the standard metallic gray color. However, if you’re buying a standing seam metal roof in 2020, you should know that premium metal roofing colors are now available.
The strongest standing seam metal roof is made of high-gauge Galvalume steel panels fabricated on site. About three dozen premium colors are common, including bronzes, browns, tans, and a variety of blues, but you may need to wait a few weeks for a special order color to be filled.
Standing Seam Metal Roof Costs
Your costs for metal roofing material will vary mainly based on the square footage of your rooftop. The price per square foot tends to go down with larger orders. The right metal roofer will be able to buy high-quality materials at preferred prices and pass the savings on to you.
For less than 1,000 square feet of material, expect to pay about $6.50 to $7.50 per square foot. The cost goes down to around $5 -$6 per square foot for orders greater than 1,000 square feet. Flashing, including specialized flashing for chimneys and skylights, is slightly more expensive.
Beware of prefabricated metal roofing material available at your local hardware store. This can retail for as little as $2.00 per square foot but is usually made of thin, low quality galvanized steel. Likewise, the panels come in standardized lengths and colors that may not be suitable.
When you want a metal roof that lasts, the most important thing is to make sure that you're getting excellent installation. Poor installation leaves you vulnerable, as your roof could fail in just a few short years. Ideally, your roofing should be customized to your roof dimensions and installed by true experts. To find out more, call Longhorn Roofing today.