Unless you need a flat roof to cover a tall building, a standing seam metal roof is one of your best options. Most small business and homeowners prefer composition shingles, but the number of standing seam metal roofing systems is quickly catching up. Your roofing contractor might offer both options.
What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?
A standing seam metal roof is a type of metal roof that has seams raised above the level of the rest of the roof. The raised or “standing” seams give this type of roofing system its name. The weakest points in a roofing system are the seams, as these are where water might be able to penetrate. A raised seam keeps the roof safe from water penetration.
How Does It Fare Against Asphalt Shingles?
A standing seam metal roof is generally a better option than asphalt shingles. Most people believe asphalt shingles are the best option because of their low cost, but many don’t realize that shingle prices are affected by fluctuations in oil prices since these products are petroleum-derived. While they may cost a bit lower than standing seam metal roofs, they also need to be replaced sooner. You can expect your standing seam metal roof to last up to 50 years with proper care. Google “roofer near me” and choose a roofer that offers standing seam metal and they can tell you about the longevity of this type of roofing system.
A standing seam metal roof is easy to paint with any color you like, so you can increase its “cool roof” properties or its ability to prevent solar heat gain. While you can paint a composition shingle roof, it’s not as easy.
Asphalt shingles lose their mineral-based surface over time. The deterioration is easy to observe. You are likely to find granules in your gutters when your roof gets older. This is not a problem you will encounter if you have a standing seam metal roof over your business.
Search “roofing company near me” and you will find Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. We are local roofers ready to help you with all your roofing concerns. Call us today at (865) 444-6070. We can work on your home or your business in Knoxville.