Standing Seam Metal Roofing for Your Home

What is Standing Seam?

In a nutshell, a standing seam metal roof is a succession of vertically-oriented, standing/laying sheet metal roofing panels secured in place by concealed fasteners, and connected side by side by means of an overlapping/locking mechanism forming a raised rib/standing seam. The metal panels are joined at the sides, with a connecting/overlapping panel-lock forming a raised seam as a joining line in between the panels.

Common Uses:

Standing seam metal roof is frequently employed as a residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional metal roofing system known for its straight vertical panels. You can see standing seam metal roofs almost everywhere. For instance, you are probably familiar with the Governmental buildings that are commonly covered with copper standing seam roof, which usually looks greenish, due to patination occurring as copper ages. If you take a walk through downtown Providence, RI, or Boston, MA, as well as many other city centers with their older zinc and copper sheet roofs. – Take a look around next time you find yourself in one of those older city centers, and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Aside from the wealthy governmental buildings, standing seam metal roofs can commonly be seen on a multitude of commercial and institutional buildings such as banks, restaurants such as IHOP that frequently have blue colored standing seam metal roofs, various shopping malls, and industrial buildings such as power plants. Truly, you can see standing seam metal roofs all around us. Even the gas stations such as Hess are starting to adapt standing seam metal roofs as part of their corporate visual appeal, and recognition symbol.

Standing Seam in Residential Roofing

Smart homeowners desiring a beautiful modern look and durability, often choose standing seam when building a new home, or replacing an older roof on their home. Many northern regions of New Hampshire are filled with thousands of homes protected by standing seam metal roofs. These new, modern-day-styled roofs not only help to bring that modern fresh look to peoples’ residencies, but also offer some very important benefits such as long lasting protection, and peace of mind. One of the key benefits of standing seam metal roofs is the ease with each they shed snow and ice, keeping your roof light, preventing ice-dams, and helping with a better ventilation of your roof.

Different Types of Standing Seam Roofs

There are a few different types of standing seam metal roofing systems; The most common is a field-locked standing seam that requires a special seam locking tool to join the panels together. Another common type is a snap-lock standing seam that locks the panels together when one side is adjoined with the one next to it. And finally there is also standing seam shingle based panels, that have the look of standing seam, but in reality they are the vertical shingle panels. Standing seam can be rolled out in the field, it can be prefabricated and shipped to the plant, or it can be custom bent at a sheet metal fabrication site.

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What metal is used for the construction of standing seam metal roofing panels?

Standing seam panels can be made out of painted galvanized steel/G-90 Steel, Galvalume steel (offers a higher level of protection from corrosion than galvanized steel), Stainless Steel, Painted Aluminum, Zinc, and Copper.
Commercial Standing Seam Metal Roof Profile:

What is a minimum Roof slope for a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

Unlike conventional roofing systems, standing seam roof can be installed on a very low slope roof, in fact, our most popular Dutch Seam – standing seam system by Atas manufacturing can be installed on roof slope as low as 2:12. DUTCH SEAM is a structural panel and can be fastened directly to purlins, or solid substrate such as wooden or plywood roof deck.

What type of standing seam metal roof can you install for my home?

We can supply and install snap lock based metal roof made out of steel, aluminum, or copper. We offer water tightness warranty on our installations, and there is a manufacturer’s warranty on the panels, and paint coatings.

Standing Seam we install, product information:


.032, .040 Aluminum

24, 22* gauge metallic coated Steel

24 gauge 55% Al-Zn alloy coated Steel with acrylic coating

16*, 20* oz. Copper

Panel Width: 11″, 15″, 19-1/4″ (Specify with or without stiffening ribs.)

Seam Height: 1-1/2″ Nominal

Texture: Embossed, Smooth

Finish: KYNAR 500® PVDF or HYLAR 5000® PVDF

Anodized: Clear, Bronze

Colors: Choice of 30 standard colors.

Accessories: Same gauge and finish as the panel or as specified.

Minimum Pitch: 2:12

Our residential/architectural and commercial/structural standing seam metal roofs are solar roofing ready, meaning that we can outfit your standing seam metal roof with thin-film, PV solar roofing laminates, or we can recommend a professional solar integrator who can attach photovoltaic, crystaline solar panels right to your newly installed standing seam metal roof using a special bracketing system. There will be no penetrations made to the roof itself, as the bracketing system can be attached directly to the seams of your new metal roof. Talking about combining solar roofing panels with an energy efficient green roofing system – this makes for a one tough and durable, long lasting and energy efficient green metal roof!

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