Your Complete Guide to a Standing Seam Metal Roof

If you’re considering a roof replacement or a brand new roof, you may benefit from a standing seam metal roof. Many roofing contractors recommend this type of roof based on its excellent insulation, extra durability, and longer lifespan compared to traditional corrugated metal roofing. Although there are less expensive metal roof options, standing seam metal roofing allows you to get the most out of your investment in the long run.

Standing Seam Metal Roof

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

Roofers install traditional metal roofing using huge ridges and lock each panel at the seams with nails. Then, they caulk the nails to seal them to provide insulation and prevent leaks. On the other hand, there are four different installation methods for standing seam metal roofs:

  • Nail-hemmed
  • Mechanically seamed
  • Exposed fasteners
  • Snap-locked


For this type of standing seam metal roof, the panels are much like vinyl siding panels. There is a raised interlocking system along the edges, with a hidden channel underneath for fastening. These channels consist of elongated holes that allow the fastener to interlock two panels together. As with mechanically seamed roofs, the most common materials that roofers use are stainless steel and aluminum.

Mechanically Seamed

Hidden fasteners and clips give mechanically seamed roofs a clean, uniform appearance. Roofers often recommend this type of standing seam roof due to its simple and quick installation. Once installed, they use hand crimpers or a specialty machine to seam the metal sheets together. This type of roof is especially valuable for roofs with a low slope. Typically, roofing contractors will use steel or aluminum for this installation.

Exposed Fasteners

This is the least expensive type of standing seam metal roof panels available on the market. While traditional metal roofing utilizes nails and caulk to lock panels together, exposed fastener metal roofing uses either rubber grommets or screws with washers to form a waterproof seal. The biggest downside to this type of metal roof is it typically requires that you replace the screws every 10 to 15 years. This means it is a little more high-maintenance than other metal roofing types.


Of all the standing seam metal roof panels, snap-locked panels are the quickest and easiest to install. In addition, this type of metal roof is ideal for regions that experience very high temperatures. This is because it allows for movement triggered by thermal variations. Roofers install snap-lock systems using clips that they secure to the roof deck for stability. Unlike mechanically seamed panels, there is no need for crimping with snap-locked panels. This type of metal roof is available in steel, aluminum, and galvanized iron.

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Advantages to Standing Seam Metal Roofs

When compared to most roofing materials, the biggest advantage of metal roofing is its longevity. Metal roofs can easily last over 50 years. This results in longer warranty plans for the metal panels. Standing seam metal roofs can withstand even the toughest extremes weather can offer. They are also extremely energy efficient, making them a conscientious, green option for our environmentally savvy customers. Furthermore, they are very effective at reflecting the sun’s rays, which will keep your home cool in the hot months. In addition, when it comes to style and color options, you won’t feel limited at all with a standing seam metal roof. They provide a sleek and consistent modern look that just about any color can complement.

Disadvantages of Standing Seam Metal Roofs

The biggest drawback of standing seam metal roofing is its higher cost. This type of roof can run you a significant amount more than traditional roofing materials. This is especially true if you have to factor in a particularly labor-intensive installation. The higher cost of this material also makes it more challenging to repair or replace it when or if the need arises. Moreover, standing water on a metal roof can result in color changes and premature aging. Finally, it is typically more challenging to find roofing companies who have plenty of experience with standing seam metal roofs. However, the Titan Roofing team knows metal roofing inside and out.

Standing seam metal roofing has clear benefits and drawbacks. A metal roof can provide an amazing upgrade to your home that adds beauty and functionality. Although, it can also be quite expensive to install, maintain, and repair.

If you think you might be interested in a standing seam metal roof for your home, fill in our online Contact Form to schedule a free roof inspection. All roof replacements and new roof installations come with our 10-Year No Leak Guarantee!