Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Commercial and Residential

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My last blog post was mainly about corrugated metal roofing and how it compares to asphalt roofing shingles. The standing seam metal roof was mentioned, but in this article I’d like to elaborate a bit more on them.

Standing Seam metal roofing is a significant investment!

A standing seam roof can cost up to 50% more than a 30 year architectural shingle or a corrugated metal roof. This translates to close to 50% longer lifespan, however. Keep this in mind when exploring your options.

Standing Seam is for you if:

  • You are looking for a truly maintenance-free residential roof with a lifetime of 50 years or more.
  • You have a commercial building with a slight pitch and want a metal alternative to shingles.
  • You are sick of shoveling your roof to remove dangerous snow load. A metal roof will cause the snow to slide right off after a certain accumulation.
  • You want a unique-looking roof that will stand out from the rest of your neighborhood.

Standing Seam isn’t for you if:

  • You are planning on flipping the house. Standing seam offers an excellent value for the long-term, not so much in the short-term.
  • You have open deck areas, landscaping, or other items near or below the eaves of your home. They can be damaged when large amounts of snow slide off your roof. This is especially important for areas like Oswego, Fulton, Pulaski, and Wolcott…Lake Effect!
  • You are looking for a entry level roof for an entry level house.

What do they look like?

There is a certain amount of prestige that goes with a standing seam metal roof. One of the reasons for this lies in the variety of materials you can choose for your roof composition; standing seam is readily available in copper, stainless steel and painted metal colors.

You can look at almost any commercial building with a roof slope in nearby areas, especially Syracuse, and see a copper standing seam roof. The aging process transforms the bright copper color to an antiquated and tasteful verdigris: a delightful shade of green.

In closing: if you live in, or around the Syracuse – Rochester areas, and are in the market for a truly lifetime roof on your residential home or commercial building, the value of standing seam is hard to beat.

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