If you are deciding between panel roofing and standing seam, the article will help you to make an informed decision. The comparison is essentially based on the Metal tiles / Straight rib panels and Standing seam panels. To narrow it down: the question is how the material is fixed onto the roof and what kind of slope is optimal for this or that covering.
Roofing panel vs standing seam
These two systems are very similar in the function and very different in their pros and cons.
Panel Roofing (exposed fasteners)
This type of metal roof is used exposed fasteners. It is because the top of the screw is visible, while the lower part of it goes through the two overlapping panels. It is very important that the installers who claim having the needed skills and tools did the job accurately. Once the screw is wrongly positioned (should they be sloppy or under screwed), the chance of leaks increases drastically.
It is very important to remember that panels are designed for 3/12 slopes and higher. You do not want the water to pond on your roof which has screwed holes. Though sealed they are, they are still holes. So, keep it in mind: no exposed fastened panels for the roof, which is close to flat roof (slope is less than 3/12). In this case you should consider the standing seam.
Also, the panel roofing is a cheaper option compared to standing seam. The panels are wider which means the less material is needed. The paints used on panels are usually the same as for standing seam but might be less expensive and of a lower quality as well. On top of that: as the panels are installed directly onto the frame or the structure, there is no need to buy any extra accessories like clips or expensive self-adhesive membrane.
Now, standing seam is another story. This is a more lasting and more reliable system which consists of special panels that are joined seamlessly and without drilling any holes. So, there are no exposed fasteners at all meaning zero chance of leakage, moisture or rust. In addition to the traditional look standing seam roof. This is not all. Standing seam offers opportunity to mount solar panels, snow guards, safety items, you name it, without making any perforations. Moreover, mechanical standing seam panels can be used on slopes less than 3/12.
The thing you should be careful about is the skills level of the contractors. Many roofers claim having the experience, but improper installation will surely result in poor performance of the roof. Roof Experts can ensure having the necessary equipment and certified installers. That is why we give warranty on all our projects.
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