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Making the Metal Roofing Choice Part 2

Making the Metal Roofing Choice Part 2

The Last Roof You’ll Ever Need for Your Home . . .
Second in a 2-part series . . . Standing Seam Metal Roofing

By Tim Martin and Cindi Kimmel

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of metal roofing in general and more specifically exposed fastener metal roofing. This time, we will be talking about standing seam metal roofing.

The main difference between the two roofing styles is the application. Standing seam takes a little longer to install but only because the existing roofing underneath is removed rather than roofed-over. There are good reasons to completely remove existing shingles – maybe they have rotted or the structure of the roof underneath needs work. Removing them gives the ability to repair and seal with new underlayment materials before placing the long-life metal roofing on top. This makes the extra time spent well worth the effort when you realize a successful new roof is made up of more than just what’s on top.

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Standing Seam Roofing

There are two other main differences to point out, the weight of the roof and the concealment of the fasteners when installed. Standing seam roofing is generally heavier than Ag panel or exposed fastener metal roofing. It is made of heavier gauge steel panels and therefore can cost more initially. It can also create a nice appearance as the fasteners conceal completely and the roof appears smooth. Home or business owners may prefer this type of roofing to gain a clean, professional appearance.

Standing seam is one of the oldest forms of metal roofing.  Many older homes, cabins and out-buildings have had this type of roofing installed for years and years. It is no surprise to find 80 year old buildings with original standing seam roofs! This was galvanized steel, so people would – and many times did – paint the roof different colors. Today, pre-painted versions allow for pre-selected color matching and give the ability to match any color before it is installed.

Standing seam roofs have become easier to obtain for today’s local contractors and metal dealers. The risk of transportation damage has been mitigated by using better transportation solutions. In addition, the ability of a roll-former to come to the job site and make custom cuts has improved the ease of application. Yes, there is initially more cost but longevity in many cases outweighs the additional cost.  A quality installation of a standing seam metal roof provides you with the last roof your home will need.

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Metal Building Components

Levi’s has embraced providing metal building components for all types of metal roofing.  For the standing seam roof, underlayments like RoloShield and Ice and Water Protector are stronger than felt and protect against the weather elements Mother Nature can dish out. Matching colored snow guards in both the 6500 and 55RF Snow Defender line do not penetrate the metal when installed on a standing seam roof and provide safe, snow retention solutions.

A handy way to figure out how many snow guards a roof needs is to use Levi’s mobile friendly Snow Defender Calculator. Enter in key information specific to your roof type and receive both the recommended number of guards to purchase and their installation pattern.

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Levi’s 6500 Snow Defender

Tim Martin is the Regional Sales Manager for PA, NJ, DE, MD and northern VA and Cindi Kimmel is the Marketing Director for Levi’s Building Components based in Leola, (Lancaster County) PA.

Levi’s has over 40 quick ship colors in stock of their Snow Defender line of snow guards designed especially for exposed fastener panel or standing seam metal roofs. Visit their web site  to view their entire product line or find your nearest Sales Rep. Call 877-897-7020 to find your nearest Distributor or to become part of their network of Distributors.

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