Which metal roofing option is right for you?
While they are both made of lasting, durable metal, there are some differences between these two popular styles of metal roofing. Understanding the differences between standing seam roofing and exposed fastener roofing can help you make the best possible decision for your home or commercial property.
Standard Seam Roofing
Standing seam metal roofing is made from flat panels that connect together to form a seamless roof. Like the name indicates, the fasteners that connect the panels to one another and to the roof are hidden from view.
Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing
In this form of metal roofing, metal panels are connected with visible screws that are not tucked away under the surface; they can be easily seen and accessed and are exposed to the elements.
Comparing Standard Seam and Exposed Fastener Roofing
Both offer strong metal surfaces and the durability that comes with a professionally installed roof, but there are some key differences in the way these roofing styles look, how they perform and how easy they are to maintain:
- Appearance: Whether you need a new roof for your home or workshop or are building something new, you may have a preference for one style over the other. Some people prefer the rough, utilitarian quality of the exposed fastener version, while others prefer the clean look and lines of hidden fasteners.
- Installation: No matter which roofing material you choose, the methods and tools used for installation play a huge role in the overall success and longevity of the finished project. If you are working with a professional team, then there won’t be much of a difference in the installation — if you are using the DIY approach, then the standard seam version may require more time and finesse to complete. Exposed fastener roofing is attached directly to the structure and far more straightforward.
- Maintenance: All metal roofing is durable and long lasting, but standing seam roofing has a slight edge over metal roofing with exposed fasteners. Since those fasteners are exposed to the elements, they could require some maintenance over time. The standing seam roof has fewer exposed parts, so it has a lower likelihood of leaks.
- Cost: You’ll pay less for exposed fastener roofing; if you need a tough and affordable solution, then exposed fastener metal roof is likely your best option. Standing seam roofs are a little more complex, so they cost a bit more; you should balance whether the aesthetics and convenience of a standing seam roof is worth the extra cost.
Get Help with Metal Roofing
The best metal roof for you is the one you find most appealing, that suits your home or structure and that fits your budget. If you are unsure or need additional help deciding, don’t hesitate to get in touch — we can help you choose the right version for your project and needs. Schedule a time to visit our office today or call to speak with a metal roofing specialist and learn more about your options.