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Standing Seam Steel Roofing

For a long time, your only option for roofing materials was asphalt shingles or...asphalt shingles. Few other choices were available, and if you wanted a different roofing material, you had better be prepared to pay big bucks for it.  Not long ago, standing seam metal roofs were only a figment of the imagination in the minds of average homeowners.  Most were confined to commercial buildings or very cool, high-end residential structures. MWest Installations is now making Standing Seam Roofing technology an available option for any home in the Barrie and Simcoe County Area.

Standing seam metal roofs are a completely different animal. Not only is the type of material different but the size and shape of the material and its installation method are different, too. Many homeowners find that the higher initial cost of this type of roofing will pay off in the end because of its greater durability and reliability.

How it Works

Not Just Metal, But Standing Seam

There's metal roofing, and then there's standing seam metal roofing. 

Standing Seam Metal Roofing panels are continuous panels that run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. This is where we get the term standing seam, because the seam is raised or standing, as opposed to flush-mounted.

  • Seam Fasteners: These seam fasteners might be anywhere from 0.5" to 1.5" high. Because these fasteners are concealed, you only see a smooth continuous ridge extending from top to bottom.
  • Pre-Formed vs. Site-Formed: Roof panels can come either pre-formed or site-formed. Pre-formed panels are created in an off-site factory. Site-formed panels are created from rolls of metal that are run through mobile forming machines which crimp the metal into rigid panels.
  • Composition and Width of Panels: 12 to 19 inches wide, panels are usually made either of Galvalume-coated steel or aluminum.


High Seams:  One great advantage of standing seam metal roofs is contained in the name itself: seams, the weak point in any roof and a potential entry point for moisture, are raised above the level of the roofing panel.  You can't say this for composition shingles.

Fewer Seams:  Because the metal panels run unhindered from the top to the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total the roof has a far fewer number of seams.

Tough:  Yes, metal is tough--very tough--but it's not impervious to all hazards.  The sheet metal in this type of roofing can be penetrated by heavy falling limbs or dented by a severe hailstorm.

"Cool Roof":  All metal roofing in general is considered a "cool roof" by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This is because metal roofing can be painted any color, including colors on the lighter end of the spectrum which will prevent solar heat gain.

Sleek Looks:  Standing seam roofs are perfect for certain types of contemporary or country-style houses. Due to the smooth, straight lines, these roofs give your house an "industrial" feeling, yet with a modern flair. These are not the rippled tin roofs that you might remember from warehouses of the past.

Colors:  I mentioned this earlier, but only in terms of lighter, sun-reflecting colors.  But what about style?  Metal comes in a decent array of colors:  grays, browns, forest greens, earthy reds.  Perhaps this isn't the full palette of colors as you might find at a paint store, but it's more than you'll find with composite/asphalt shingles.