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The Pros and Cons of Standing Seam Roofs

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Do you know what the pros and cons are of standing seam metal roofs?

There are metal roofs, and then there are standing seam metal roofs. Standing seam metal roofs stand out amongst traditional metal roofs in their appearance, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Pros
This particular type of roofing material is becoming increasingly popular for homes. It’s attractive, durable, long-lasting, and versatile. Its improved design with concealed fasteners and raised seams even helps to minimize the chance of roof leakage. This roofing material is made of thicker cuts of steel, ensuring the utmost durability and strength. And due to the metal panels running from the top to the bottom of the roof, the roof has fewer seams and no horizontal seams.

Standing seam metal roofs typically last between 30 to 50 years, with the proper maintenance, of course. It’s even considered a “cool roof” by the US Environmental Protection Agency because it can be painted any color, including lighter colors, which will reflect heat from the sun. This will keep you cooler and more comfortable indoors when the hot Texas summer heats up and help you save on energy usage from the air conditioner.

If you are looking to achieve an industrial style home, this is the perfect roofing choice for you.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Cons
The installation of standing seam metal roofs can be quite difficult and costly. During the installation process, all existing roofing material must be removed. The materials alone can cost $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot on average. They are also extremely dangerous to walk on and cannot be installed on flatter roofs.

Much like every other type of roof, standing seam metal roofs have their own pros and cons that might attract homeowners or steer them in a different direction. All in all, this particular type of roof will ensure your money was well spent.

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