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There are 3 types of standing seam metal roofing panels and all of them are a concealed fastener system. This means that the fasteners on each metal panel are not visible or exposed to the weather. Concealed fastener panels are more weather-tight and expensive when compared to exposed fastener panels.
Mechanically Seamed - The panel edges are connected together with a roof seamer.
Snap Lock Panels With Concealed Fasteners And Clips - The clips attach to the panel and fasten directly onto the roof deck.
Nail Strip or Nail Flange - A standing seam panel that does not use clips.
This is the most weather-tight style of standing seam metal roofing. It's ideal for very low sloped roofs with a pitch as low as .5" to 1":12". It's a difficult panel to install and is rarely installed by DIY roofers.
The vast majority of standing seam metal roofing jobs are 24 gauge steel. It’s a premium roofing system that’s expected to last 40 plus years. The components must be designed to work as a whole. Standing seam roofing panels are the most expensive panels and use the best paint system. It wouldn’t make sense to use a light gauge steel for minimal savings and lesser performance.
What is the difference between standing seam vs corrugated metal roofs?
The biggest difference between these two classic metal roofing systems is the method of attachment. Standing seam panels are a concealed fastener system which means the fasteners don’t penetrate the face of the panel during installation and they’re not visible. Corrugated panels are an exposed fastener panel, meaning that you need to drill a screw hole through the panel to fasten it to the structure.
Standing seam metal roofing has a flat area in the middle and raised vertical seams at both ends. It's a concealed fastener system, meaning that the fasteners are not visible or exposed to the weather. It's water-tight and long lasting, but it's also an expensive panel system.
What Is Snap Lock Standing Seam Metal Roofing?
Snap Lock is a concealed fastener standing seam metal roofing that has a male and female leg that snaps together. It's available as a clip fastened or nail flange fastened panel.
How Do You Install A Standing Seam Roof System?
A metal roof installation for standing seam panels is a detailed process. To help make it easier, we have created a video series that goes over how to do each step of a standing seam roof installation to guide you through the process.