What Is a Standing Seam Roof?

A standing seam roof is a metal roof with small seams that stand above the flat, level surface. It looks much different than the corrugated roofs seen on barns and large industrial buildings. It has a much more refined appearance and it tops any residence without looking out of place. Standing seam roofs are becoming more and more popular among homeowners because they offer a number of advantages. 


There are so many advantages to a standing seam roof; durability, lighter weight, low cost, and energy efficiency are just a few. 

Standing seam roofs are especially durable. They can last upwards of 50 years. Metal roofs are known for their durability and there are metal roofs still functioning properly after 100 years of service. If you live in areas known for extreme weather there isn’t a better roofing option. In fact, there are even standing seam roofs available in a distressed finish. People who live in areas with frequent hail storms prefer this finish. 

The standing seam roof is also very lightweight. In fact, it is much lighter than a standard asphalt shingle roof and can be applied without an asphalt tear off if there is only 1 layer of asphalt to begin with. This is especially important to a lot of homeowners who don’t want to invest the funds or time associated with a roof tear off.

While the initial cost of a standing seam roof is more expensive than asphalt shingles, the cost over the life of the roof is exceptionally less. Because there is virtually no maintenance and a standing seam roof will last 50 years or more, you will definitely spend less on your standing seam roof. If it is installed properly, you won’t have to incur any additional costs for a very long while. 

All metal roofs, including standing seam roofs, are energy efficient. Homeowners with metal roofs usually see a decrease in their heating and cooling bills. There are also a number of paint options for standing seam roofs that magnify the reflective properties of the metal and create even greater energy efficiency. The installation of a metal roof will also qualify most homeowners for a tax credit for energy efficient home remodeling.  


There are a couple of minor disadvantages to a standing seam roof such as ventilation and tension irregularities. 

Standing seam roofs, like all metal roofs, are a bit difficult for the average do-it-yourselfer to master on their own. It is very important to make sure that the ventilation system for your standing seam roof is perfect. In fact, if the ventilation is not done properly many of the energy efficient benefits will be diminished.

Tension irregularities can occur with a standing seam roof. This means that there are areas of the metal that are pulled tighter than others. This can create a wavy or wrinkly look in the metal. Because this is a common issue with these types of roofs, any professional roofer will be able to eliminate or adequately address the tension irregularities. A do-it-yourselfer, however, may have trouble dealing with this issue. 


Any type of metal roof is going to be considerably more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. However, over the life of the roof, a standing seam roof will be less expensive. There are a number of factors that go into determining the cost of a standing seam roof. Any contractor is going to want to know the pitch of the roof, whether or not there are dormers or levels, the dimensions of the roof and the desired finish of the metal roofing material. The best way to get an idea of the price of a standing seam roof is to have a contractor come out and do a bid. 

That’s it. Standing seam roofs are a popular choice for homeowners looking for durability and a low cost.