If you want a modern-looking metal roof, you can always go for the ever-affordable corrugated metal roofing seams. True enough, most homeowners view them as sub-par material when they compare it to standing seam metal roofs. London ON property owners often use standing seam metal roofs whether they want a long-lasting roof that will not deteriorate easily and deliver exceptional value for money in the process.
Standing seam metal remains a top-tier roofing material. While it is initially expensive, it is exceptional in its capacity to deliver strong resistance against rain, wind, and hailstorms. In addition, many renowned London ON metal roofing companies can extend its lifestyle with proper installation and maintenance services.
If you’re planning to own a new roof in 2020 — and you definitely want one that can last forever — here is why you should skip on corrugated roofs and go straight to standing seams. Learn more below from Bridger Steel.
Corrugated Metal Roofing
A corrugated metal roofing panel can describe a wide range of looks. A repeating corrugated pattern is all that defines a corrugated metal panel. For this discussion we are going to focus on wave corrugated, as this is often the first panel people think of when talking about a corrugated panel. This repeating wave creates an incredibly strong panel and is very often used in areas where affordable, yet durable roofing panels are needed. For this reason, you often see corrugated metal panels in tropical hurricane zones, or in high-wind regions.
Corrugated metal roofing almost always uses an exposed fastener system, meaning the screws that hold the panel to the substrate or framing are exposed to the weather. Exposed fastener panel systems often install very quickly but do require the occasional inspection (3-5 years) to ensure that the washers are intact and that the fasteners have not loosened over time.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
A standing seam metal roof offers a range of advantages over corrugated metal panel profiles. The panels are often preferred from an aesthetic point of view as their sleek lines are commonly used in high-end residential and commercial projects. Standing seam, or standing rib panels, are usually heavily tested and have excellent performance characteristics. While both corrugated metal roofing and standing seam roofing have engineered solar and snow retention options, standing seam roofing is usually preferred as the base for these roofing accessories.
A crucial difference between corrugated metal roofing and standing seam metal roofing is the fastening system of a standing seam profile. Standing seam panels are designed to conceal the fastener below the surface of the panel, either using a clip or nail flange system. This hidden fastener eliminates the issues related to faulty or improperly fastened exposed systems. (Continued)
Unfortunately, even with its sturdiness and the clever hiding of its fasteners, standing seam metal roofs are not immune to possible leaking risks. Before things arrive at this stage, it’s important to know about them so you can inform roofers about your issues without fail.
You can learn all about problematic roof leaks from Roofing Calculator‘s detailed post below. Read more here.
The best homeowner defense is vigilance and fast action. Maybe a new roof is in the near future and it seems like a folly to bother with a leak. But even a small, out-of-the-way drip in a house that seems like nothing more than an inconvenience is a major repair bill waiting to happen!
Did you know? Roof leaks can ruin insulation, become a breeding ground for black mold, damage interior ceilings and walls, and rot the wooden framing.
So let’s look at the ten of the most common culprits in causing your roof to leak and what you can – and should – do about them (other than recruiting a bucket brigade):
1. Villain: Age
Roofing materials, especially asphalt shingles, get old and tired. Expansion and contraction with the change in temperatures cause aging roof protection to turn brittle and eventually crack. Years of harsh rays from direct sunlight can melt the tar that holds composition shingles together. Father Time has not lost a battle yet and when roofing materials run up against their life expectancy, it will be time to budget for a new roof at the first sign of a leak.
2. Villain: Brick Chimneys
Have you ever seen house ruins from 200 years ago? The chimney is often the only thing standing. While brick chimneys may seem indestructible, the mortar that binds the bricks together is nothing more than a hard-working mixture of water, sand and cement. Exposed to the weather elements, it can erode and crumble over time. Check the mud cap on top of the chimney for deterioration and inspect the mortared joints where the chimney enters the roof. If patches are required, it is a cheap and quick fix. (Continued)
When you need to have your new standing seam metal roof installed, you’ll want to work with an exceptional and greatly-reliable roofing contractor. If you have yet to find one, you can always count on us at Cub Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about our services and workmanship!