Exposed fastener vs. standing seam roof

Guest User
4/24/2002
I'm having a mountain cabin built with two roof pitches - 12/12 and 4/12. My wife wants a navy blue color and in my search for that color, I discovered that two basic roof types exist - exposed fastener and standing seam. My builder quoted me on both types and the standing seam was double the cost. Here's my question. For residential use, do the benefits of a standing seam roof justify the substantial cost increase? Thank you for any help that you can provide.
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
4/24/2002
Thanks for the question, Greg. As an advocate of metal roofing in general, I am not real comfortable making judgment calls between particular product types. Generally, I think the best thing you can do is make sure you're well-informed of both products and the differences between them and then make your own call based upon your own criteria. Here, though, are a few things to think about. Most manufacturers of one of these products will also manufacture the other. I'd suggest posing this question to a company that produces both types of metal roofing. You need to consider what type of paint system the roof has. Kynar / Hylar systems are widely recognized as premium performance systems. They are noted for their fade resistance. This could be important with a color like blue. Look at the metal thickness of both products. Also, look at whether they are both the same grade of galvanized steel or galvalume. Standing seam systems have concealed fasteners and most standing seams install using fastener clips. The concealed fasteners can be desirable from an aesthetics standpoint as well as from a durability standpoint. The clips allow for the metal to expand and contract. The aesthetics of these two product types vary greatly. Go out and look at jobs with each type and decide what you like best. Again, the best thing you can do is be well-informed and then make your final decision.
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