Standing seam roofs are a popular choice on commercial buildings, whilst their use on prestigious residential projects is growing too thanks to the attractive finish they offer. Many architects and building owners choose a standing seam roof because of its visual appeal; the long, narrow panels that run from the eaves to the ridge create a stunning visual effect. It’s helped by the fact that there are no visible fasteners on a standing seam roof, which creates a sheer, smooth roof profile that accentuates the linear roof seams.
Standing seam roofing systems are well known for their outstanding performance characteristics and have been used extensively throughout the public and private sectors in the UK for over 30 years. The raised seam avoids any water ingress whilst creating an architectural feature of the roof.
Compared to a concrete tiled roof, metal standing seam roofs are lightweight, durable and long lasting.
The low weight and durability arise due to the the aluminium, pre-painted galvanised steel, copper or zinc used to create the standing seam roofs are relatively thin materials, but create a low maintenance covering. The lightweight nature of standing seam roofs enables savings to be made on the supporting structure of the building which contributes to the overall development cost.
Standing seam roofs can last significantly longer and require less maintenance when compared to other kinds of roofs such as felt, asphalt shingles and even concrete tiles. The invisible fasteners don’t penetrate the surface of a standing seam system – they are completely hidden beneath the raised seam – so the waterproof outer layer remains integral across the roof.
They are a versatile roofing solution that can be used on steeply pitched as well as shallower pitched roofs.
Here is a summary of the benefits offered by standing seam roofs:
- Aesthetic appeal
- Lightweight compared to most other roof systems
- Long Lasting and Durable
- Fire Resistance
- Less Maintenance
- Wide range of colours
- Suitable for steeply pitched and low pitched roofs