Standing Seam Metal Roof: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

If your next remodel includes a new roof, you may want to consider a standing seam metal roof. Here, we go over what it is and some of its surprising benefits.

If the term “metal roof” conjures up thoughts of rusty corrugated airplane hangers or old barns, that’s not what we’re talking about here. A standing seam metal roof gets its name from the distinctive ridges created from the locking system used to assemble them.

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These roofs are assembled using a concealed fastener system with flat panels in between. The interlocking panels are durable and water-tight, with the concealed fastener design helping protect the roof from the elements. Plus, the roof is free of nail holes or other fasteners which could allow in moisture.

Benefits of a standing seam metal roof


One of the main benefits of this type of roof is its lifespan. They come with 40-year warranties, and many may hold up as long as 70 years. That’s compared to 12 to 20 years for a traditional composition roof. That really helps stretch your investment.


A standing seam metal roof is also highly durable. The sturdy material can withstand harsh weather like hail storms, they are fire resistant, and as we mentioned, they do a great job of keeping out moisture.

Easy maintenance

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These types of roofs are also easy to maintain. If you live in a moisture-rich area like the Pacific Northwest, you won’t have to worry about the roof collecting moss. In addition, they’re relatively easy to clean, though as with any roof maintenance, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do it.


The roofs have a variety of sustainability uses. For example, it is easy to attach solar panels to them to help cut down on your energy bills. You can also have them made with special reflective pigments to help keep your home cooler. You can even use them to collect rain water which could be used for drinking, farming, or irrigation.

Contemporary and customizable

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If you’re going for a modern look to the exterior of your home, a standing seam metal roof can be a great option. It’s sleek, clean lines help create a contemporary aesthetic. And it’s highly customizable. The panels come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, so chances are you’ll find a combination that matches your style.



Standing seam metal roofs do cost more than traditional roof types such as composition roofs. On average, they can run about 15%-20% higher. But they also will last more than twice as long in many cases, so it’s generally considered a very good investment.

Local restrictions

If you’re part of homeowner’s association (HOA) or live in a historic home, you may be limited as to what type of roofing material and aesthetic you can place on your home. In these cases, you’ll want to check with the proper officials to get any necessary signoffs.

Wrap up

While standing seam metal roof installation can be more complex than some other roofing materials, in general it doesn’t take any longer. Couple that with the extra longevity and durability, and it’s an investment that may very well make sense for your next home remodel.

Are you planning a home remodel and aren’t sure where to start? We’re happy to discuss your project. Simply schedule a conversation with us!

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