Have questions? Ask the experts.

Ask-The-Experts forum

Below is a forum for exchanging information concerning residential metal roofing, including general material and metal roofing installation questions. Should you have questions or concerns that deal with specific branded metal roof products please contact the manufacturer directly.


Log In

Ask-The-Experts >

Classic Rib vs Standing Seam roof
We are in need of a new roof and are considering metal roofing. I am a bit confused about the differences between the standing seam and the classic rib roof. I believe the standing seam has hidden fasteners while the classic rib has exposed fasteners and the classic rib is put down in larger sheets, but is that the only difference?
You have the big two ones there. By bigger, you would also mean wider.

Price is also a differentiator too.
What is the difference between quality and durabilty between the two?
The lack of an exposed fastener usually means that standing seam will be leak proof for longer.

In terms of quality, the Standing Seam is usually more expensive and requires a more skilled installer.

As long as you are getting a skilled installation, my nod would go to the standing seam.


This topic has been closed or locked. You can no longer post a reply.

If you have a metal roofing question, please post it above and a member of our panel of contributors will provide a response. Answers provided by contributors are based on the limited information posted and, therefore, may not provide a complete or accurate answer under all of the relevant facts and circumstances. No advice or information obtained through the forum or this website shall create any warranty by MRA or its contributors whatsoever and all warranties are disclaimed. MRA and its contributors disclaim any liability of any kind arising out of or relating to use of the answers or information provided hereunder, and by using the forum, you agree to waive any claims against MRA and its contributors and hold them harmless from any liability or damages of any kind arising out of or relating to the forum. For a detailed description of the terms and conditions of use of the Forum and this website, including a more detailed description of disclaimers of warranties and limitations of liability, please see the Terms and Conditions section of this website. MRA does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of contributors to this Forum do not necessarily state or reflect those of MRA or its members, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

  • Read industry related articles about metal roofing.
  • View all the types and styles of metal roofing
  • Locate a metal roofing contractor near your home
Find a contractor near your home