Smart Loc Standing Seam Metal Roofing
While there are several types of metal roofing, standing seam metal roofing is increasing in popularity. More and more, homeowners want a metal roofing system that will last a long time with a sharp, modern look, while offering premium protection for their home or commercial property.
Roof Lux Smart Loc metal roofing panels are constructed of premium U.S. steel.
The metal roofing panels we use are rolled from American-made steel here in the United States. Unfortunately, many roofing companies use panels made from steel rolls that are made in China. We’re proud to state that we’re using the top quality steel in the world today in order to give you the best possible standing seam metal roofing system.
- Our #1 Premium Metal Panel carries a 40-year warranty.
- And our #2 Budget-friendly Panel includes a 20-year warranty.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing FAQs
Standing seam metal roofing is a fully interlocking metal panel system that uses concealed fasteners. Therefore, there are no screws exposed and rubber washers that can break down and leak as they wear from age and weather. The metal panels feature vertical ribs on either side with a broad, flat area in between. The engineered locking design forms an extremely strong weather-resistant unit.
So the raised ribs on the sides, or seams, provide the reason for being known as standing seam metal roofing. Either metal roofing or metal walls can be constructed with standing seam systems.
The primary feature of standing seam systems is the hidden fastener panel. In addition to its durability, the broad choice of colors and various other options are what make standing seam metal roofing the new favorite for so many homeowners. Besides the attractive color options, customers now have choices that include the thickness, profile, and some of the other dimensions, as well.
The standing seam metal roof advantages include: they are very durable, require little to no maintenance, have few exposed fasteners, and can be installed anywhere there are studs or rafters.
One of the most important advantages of standing seam roofs is their durability. Our metal roofing materials are extremely sturdy, which means they will last for a very long time. And, they are dense material, which increases their strength. This means they can support heavier loads and stand up to greater stress.
So when these qualities are combined with the fact that they have few, if any, exposed fasteners, the result is a roof that is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions.
Because standing seam metal roofing consists of numerous panels that are attached so continuously, it requires very little maintenance. However, we do still recommend that a free roof inspection be performed periodically to ensure that no repairs are needed.
Another great advantage of this type of roof is that the panels stay together better in extreme wind and weather conditions. Corrugated metal roofs are typically connected by overlapping seams, but this does not work as well at withstanding strong winds.
- First, the standing seam design cuts down on the number of seams that are necessary which decreases the potential for failure at a seam. Furthermore, the steep overlapping of the seams and the way they lock together further increase the strength at the seams.
- Secondly, contrary to popular belief, standing seam roofing is very difficult to dent or scratch, and far more difficult to puncture. The typical hail storm is not at all likely to dent the roof. And it would take an extraordinarily powerful storm producing exceedingly large hailstones to cause significant dents, let alone penetration of the metal. Still, this should be a consideration when it comes to choosing your insurance coverage.
- Finally, and most importantly, the standing seam roofing system allows the panels to fit together tightly and continuously all along the seam. Therefore, when two adjacent panels are overlapped and locked, you can rest assured there will be no separation or leakage.
A common mistake made by homeowners is that they look for ways to cut down on installation costs. One such mistake is to install a new standing seam metal roof over their existing shingle roof. And while this can be done, still, we strongly advocate for the removal of existing shingles. So whenever possible, it’s best to strip the roof down to the sheathing. Read on to learn why.
When you install a metal roof over asphalt shingles, they will continue to break down and deteriorate over time. Then, the asphalt granules mar the backside of the metal roofing, allowing it to rust.
Expansion and Contraction
Your metal roof will absorb heat which causes expansion and contraction. Therefore, when metal roofing is installed over a shingle roof, the metal panels will expand and contract to an ever greater degree. In turn, then, the screw holes expand faster, loosening more. So these screws become problematic allowing the panels to shift. Then once the roof starts to leak, it can be difficult to fix the problem.
When at all possible, we recommend the use of high-quality ice and water shield or some other highly-rated underlayment over the exposed sheathing. Then when the metal roofing is installed, the potential for leaks is greatly reduced. While some companies may advise against the extra step, most reputable roofing companies will endorse the use of the moisture barrier.
The Best Solution
So, in conclusion, if a homeowner is insistent about installing a new metal roof over existing shingles, we prescribe the application of a quality moisture barrier and wood batten strips. The result is those future problems are minimized since the new roof is elevated up off of the old shingles.
It must be noted that while it is a good choice for commercial and high-end residential projects, standing seam metal roof installation requires higher-skilled craftsmen and more labor costs for installation. And though the cost to install corrugated metal roofing is lower, standing seam is clearly the better quality option and it comes with many advantages.
The national average price for the installation of a standing seam metal roof on a home can range from around $23,000 to $30,500. There are, of course, many price variables including the size, pitch, and construction of your roof. Typical prices are from $8 to $14 per sq. foot or $800 to $1,400 per square. The prices are for ordinary installations on a standard-sized one-story house.
Metal roofing prices might seem too expensive in comparison to asphalt shingle options. But fortunately, there are different options and price points. And in many circumstances, the cost of a metal roof will be worth it in the long run.
So if the cost of installing a metal roof is concerning for you, there may well be a type of metal roof or metal roofing material that better fits your budget. However, due to matters of quality and warranty, at this time Roof Lux only installs Smart Loc standing seam metal roofing.
While asphalt shingle roofs are considerably less expensive than metal roofs, the expected lifespan of metal is far superior.
Depending on the type of metal used and the features of your home, you may expect a properly installed standing seam metal roof to last from 40 to 70 years. On average, metal roofs will last two to three times longer than asphalt shingled roofs.
Speaking in general terms, though a standing seam metal roof installation will cost more up-front than asphalt shingles or corrugated metal roofing, for many, the long-term benefits outweigh the initial cost. Standing seam metal roof installations will outlast an asphalt shingle roof, provide better protection against extreme weather, and will offer improved energy efficiency as well as aesthetic style advantages.
Still, one should weigh the costs against high-grade architectural shingle roofs, where you may still pay less in the long-term, even when factoring in future roof replacement costs.
Of course, personal preference will play a large role in this decision. However, while darker colors are very attractive, lighter colors such as white, light bronze, beige and peach tones tend to be more reflective of the sun’s radiant heat than the absorptive dark colors.
Consequently, the lighter colors are sometimes referenced as the “cool colors” for metal roofing.
Generally speaking, roofs that perform better will typically carry lower insurance costs since they are less likely to require filing a claim.
As a result, insurance companies will many times factor in the type of roof and the quality of the construction material when they calculate the cost to rebuild. To this point, slate roofs, clay tiles, composite or synthetic shingles, or metal roofs offer better protection. But their replacement costs are also higher.
It’s not usually the best choice unless you plan to use a special roof coating like a seamless elastomeric coating. There is not a steep enough pitch on a flat roof for the water to run off adequately. Plus, The lower the pitch, the more susceptible the metal will be to hail dents and dings. So the usual choice is a TPO roofing membrane or EPDM. However, a standing seam metal roof can sometimes work quite well on a low-sloped roof. There are building codes that help determine the best applications for flat roofs.
Consult a Roofing Expert
Always be sure to speak with an experienced roofing professional to check out the features of your chosen roofing product. They can help you evaluate and determine which products will best suit your needs. Roof Lux has friendly representatives available to answer questions for you. Give us a call today!
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