Frequently Asked Questions

How are standing seam roofs manufactured?

Standing seam roofing panels can be formed on-site or preformed at a manufacturing facility or a sheet metal shop.

Site-formed panels are formed from a roll of metal coil, which is fed through special equipment that crimps the metal into rigid panels. Forming standing seam panels right on the job site offers the advantage of speed and convenience and the option to form panels of considerable length that would otherwise be difficult to transport.

What are snap-lock standing seam roof panels?

Snap-lock standing seam is a common type of roof panel style that locks the panels together when one side is adjoined with the one next to it.

 

What are the benefits of standing seam metal roofing?

Great curb appeal:  If you want a modern look for your home, a standing seam metal roof is an ideal choice. While the sleek lines of the roof give your house a very contemporary feel, the multiple combinations of panel widths, seam profiles and rib heights offer amazing design flexibility. Standing seam metal roofs come in many sizes and styles, allowing for an array of beautiful visual effects.

Durability and longevity:  Standing seam metal roofs are known for their exceptional durability and longevity. This type of roof will not crack, shrink, erode or perforate and gives superior protection against fire and strong wind. A standing seam metal roof lasts more than 50 years and requires virtually no maintenance so that you’ll have real peace of mind with this roofing option.

Impervious to moisture:  Seams often become the potential entry point for leaks and are the weakest point in any roof. The seams of a standing seam metal roof are raised above the level of the roofing panel, making them impervious to moisture. Also, standing seam metal roofs have fewer seams in total than other types of roofs.

Sustainable:  More homeowners today are looking for a green roofing solution. A standing seam metal roof is one of the few truly environmentally friendly roofing systems on the market. Made of metal and recycled metal content, standing seam metal roofs are completely recyclable. Additionally, the reflective properties of a standing seam metal roof will help you reduce energy waste and realize a significant saving on your electric bill throughout the year.

Life expectancy:  Properly installed metal roofs can seal out water, survive high winds, shed snow easily and last as long as the house. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects and rot. Although warranties can vary widely, most companies back their products for 20 to 50 years. Paint finishes generally have a 30-year limited warranty.

Weight:  For an area equal to 100 square feet, tiles weigh 750 pounds and concrete tiles 900 pounds. Comparatively, metal roofing is lightweight as most varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square.

Certain metal roofing materials may be applied atop an existing roof instead of tearing off or adding extra structural support. Whether you are building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members.

Fire resistance:  Because metal roofs are noncombustible, they are given a Class A fire rating, which makes them the most resistant. The classification of roofs depends on many factors, including the materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat. Metal roofs applied over a combustible material, such as wood shingles, generally have a lower Class C rating.

Heat conduction:  Because metal roofs are noncombustible, they are given a Class A fire rating, which makes them the most resistant. The classification of roofs depends on many factors, including the materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat. Metal roofs applied over a combustible material, such as wood shingles, generally have a lower Class C rating.

Maximum shedding of rain and snow:  Metal roofing is designed to interlock and has a hard and slippery surface. Because of this, metal roofs are practically impervious to rain and snow.

 

What are the drawbacks of metal roofing?


Cost:  The biggest drawback of metal roofing is the initial cost. As metal roofing materials offer long-term durability, you can ultimately save the difference and more if you stay in the house for a long time. You save on seasonal maintenance as well. However, if you plan to move in a couple of years, you probably won’t get the return on your investment.


Expansion and contraction:  As metal expands and contracts as it warms and cools, most new products have fastening systems that accommodate movement. Otherwise, fasteners that secure the roofing tend to come loose. Expansion and contraction on hot days can cause a wavy effect.

Expensive:  Several factors determine the final price of a standing seam metal roof. First, the cost of materials may vary from supplier to supplier and depends on the type of material. This means that you should do your research and get quotes from different suppliers to ensure that you are getting the best deal. The price per square feet will also depend on the total square footage needed for your project. The larger your overall roof area, the less it will cost per square feet of material.

A standing seam roof should be installed by specially trained installers who have the right skills, technical know-how and the right tools to do the job. The cost of labor for a standing seam metal roof will be relatively high due to this requirement.

An average size standing seam metal roof can cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 per 100 square feet, which should include materials, labor and warranty. Get in touch with AAA Metal Works for complete metal roof installations at competitive prices.