There are many types of metal roofing out there, and all of them have their advantages.
When it comes to longevity in tough Central Texas weather, nothing beats standing seam metal roofing.
Standing seam metal roofing is very distinct from the flat metal roofs you might associate with barns or industrial buildings. Instead of having a single plane, these roofs have “seams” with a flat space between them. The seams are vertical and come in different sizes and shapes.
These seams look striking, but they aren’t just for show: They help keep your roof strong.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing is One of the Most Reliable “Concealed Fastener” Roofing Systems
The main purpose of standing seam metal roofing is to enhance longevity by concealing fasteners in the roof system. No matter what type of roof you have, fasteners – which connect the metal to the roof deck and two pieces together – are a major weak point. Exposed fasteners can leak and often back out causing loose roof panels.
A metal roofing system consists of metal panels in precise sizes designed to lock together. Instead of leaving the fasteners exposed, standing seam metal roofing reinforces them and protects them from the elements. That makes it much less likely that fasteners will be damaged even by powerful storm-force winds.
In fact, the biggest risk to standing seam metal roofing has nothing to do with the weather.
It’s all about installation.
Installed correctly, a standing seam metal roof may last up to 50 years or more with minimal maintenance. A poor installation job changes the equation, however, giving moisture opportunities to penetrate the seams. Rising air from a poorly ventilated attic can heat the water to cause damage.
So, no matter what type of roof you choose, be sure to pick expert metal roof installers!
Standing Seam Metal Roofing Resists Weather and Looks Great Doing it
Standing seam construction also contributes to the well-being of the roof in other ways.
The seams provide strong defense against wind and allow rain to run effectively off the roof. This lowers the risk of pooling that you might see around the gutters and low points of a standard shingle roof. It's also a great foundation for solar.
On top of that, the seams contribute to a unique appearance. A pattern of beautiful vertical shadows is created by the roof’s “seams.” This cuts down on the glare many people worry about from their roof. It also adds an element of visual interest you simply can’t find elsewhere, no matter the color of your roof.
It’s worth pointing out that standing seam metal roofing is easy to maintain, too.
A quick annual inspection may be all your roof needs to stand strong for decades to come. But if you do face damage after a storm, standing seam construction helps ensure your roof can be repaired in full. It’s easy for experienced metal roofers to take a damaged panel out and create the perfect replacement.
All this doesn’t even touch on lower energy costs and a variety of other amazing benefits of metal roofs.
To learn more, contact Longhorn Roofing today.