Standing Seam Metal Roof

Commonly agreed on by architects as THE best roofing available, the standing seam metal roof is worth considering for your custom home.  Here’s some basic information to help you get started.

What is it?

A standing seam metal roof comprises metal panels running from the roof top to the eaves of the house.  Every panel is made with ribs along each side, these fit into the corresponding panels on each side which effectively hides the fastenings but also creates the signature raised seams running from the top to the bottom of the roof.  The metal used to make these roofs is typically aluminum, copper, and steel, with the most expensive of these being coper.  While the standing seam metal roof seems to have popped up out of nowhere, it has actually been around since the mid-1700s.


Made of thin sheets of metal, a standing seam metal roof is lightweight, which will reduce your structure’s load bearing costs.  You can also install a metal roof directly on an existing roof, this will effectively abolish the cost of removing and disposing the old roof.  Metal roofs are durable and more will last long past their usual warranty of 30-50 years.  It is also wind and fire resistant.  In a hot climate like South Texas, a standing seam metal roof can reduce your home energy consumption because the roof reflect sunlight which means that roof absorbs less heat which will help to lower your utility bill.  Because of the material of which it is made, metal roofing can be 100 percent recycled whenever you decide to replace it, not to mention that it is initially made up of mostly recycled material as well.  It’s a great choice all around for those that are trying to be eco-conscious.

Though metal roofing has been around for a long time, it really hasn’t changed much, though there are now many more finishes available for home builders.  Zinc is another choice metal for roofing and it can last for a lifetime if it is properly made and installed.  With metal roofing, there is also the choice of a non-gutter roof or an integrated gutter.