Standing seam roofs are a popular choice for commercial buildings, and increasingly for prestigious residential projects too. Their visual appeal is a key reason why many architects and building owners choose a standing seam roof. The long, narrow panels that run from the eaves to the ridge create a stunning visual effect, and the lack of visible fasteners makes a sheer, smooth roof profile that accentuates the linear roof seams.
Standing seam roofing systems are renowned for their exceptional performance and have been used extensively in the public and private sectors in the UK for over three decades. The raised seam design prevents water ingress while also creating an architectural feature of the roof.
Compared to other roofing materials such as concrete tiles, metal standing seam roofs are lightweight, durable, and long-lasting. The use of relatively thin materials like aluminium,
pre-painted galvanized steel, copper, or zinc creates a low-maintenance covering that’s also easy to install. The lightweight nature of standing seam roofs enables savings to be made on the supporting structure of the building, contributing to the overall development cost.
The low weight and durability arise due to the the aluminium, pre-painted galvanised steel, copper or zinc used to create Standing seam roofs require less maintenance and last longer than other roofing types, such as felt, asphalt shingles, and concrete tiles. The invisible fasteners don’t penetrate the surface of a standing seam system – they are entirely hidden beneath the raised seam – so the waterproof outer layer remains intact across the roof.
Standing seam roofs are a versatile roofing solution that can be used on both steeply pitched-and shallow-pitched roofs. Additionally, they offer a wide range of colours to choose from, fire resistance, and aesthetic appeal.
The benefits of Standing Seam roofing include:
- Aesthetic appeal
- Lightweight compared to most other roof systems
- Long-lasting and durable
- Low maintenance
- Available in a wide range of colours
- Suitable for steeply pitched and low-pitched roofs.