With so many roofing options, we’ve made your selection process a whole lot easier. Corrugated metal and standing seam roofing are the two most durable choices. Learn their similarities and differences before you make a decision.
For hundreds of years, metal has been the top preferred roofing material for commercial and industrial buildings. Tried and true, metal roofing has been tested around the world and its proven strength and durability is a force to be reckoned with. Two of the most common types of metal roofs are corrugated and standing seam.
Your roof is bound to age as it shelters you from the weather with each new season. However, metal roofing ages much more gracefully than other roofing materials. Metal won’t succumb to the unpredictable weather, so you can be sure it will withstand intense conditions that cause thermal shock.
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Corrugated metal roofing gets its name from its design. Constructed with metal panels that are environmentally friendly, corrugated metal roofing is designed with alternating ridges and grooves in a repeating pattern.
While metal itself is already 100% recyclable, this system is usually made with 25% recycled materials. Also, corrugated metal roofing is very lightweight—not nearly as heavy as traditional asphalt shingles, which in contrast are made of heavy, non-sustainable petroleum products.
Don’t be fooled by the lightweight, eco-friendly aspects of corrugated roofing. Although it is not as heavy as other roofing materials, corrugated metal is still metal, meaning it is durable and robust. As a matter of fact, corrugated metal roofing is so sturdy, it’s most popular within tropical hurricane zones and regions with frequent high winds of up to 140 miles per hour. At the same time, its panels resist corrosion and cracking.
Arguably one of the most commonly used types of metal panels, corrugated metal roofing is always readily available. You won’t have any issues with finding your desired color panels and, most importantly, since it’s so plentiful, the materials are generally inexpensive.
Not only will you save time considering corrugated metal is easy to source, but you will also ultimately save more money. Since metal roofing ranks higher in durability, you save money on repairs down the road. With regularly scheduled inspections, your corrugated metal roof is expected to last for decades, at minimum.
When you purchase this option, you have the advantage of a quick and easy installation process. So, whether you decide your roofing is best as a DIY project or if you hire professionals for the job, this roofing system requires fewer accessories you’ll have to purchase.
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Standing seam is another roofing system made of metal. For this option, a series of panels are mechanically interlocked. The ribs (standing seams) are normally 12 to 24 inches apart—the space in between depends on the structure and the aesthetic of the building.
Standing seam systems are so sturdy because they’re constructed with interlocking metal panels. Because of this method, some people even refer to standing seam as “hidden screw” roofing. This type of roof is often preferred since it scores highly among professionals in regard to its strength and resilience.
This is a weathertight roof system, meaning that once the panels are secured with hidden screws it creates a tight seal to protect against the outdoor elements. Needless to say, heavy winds, rain, ice, and snow will all be no match for your standing seam roofing system.
Both corrugated and standing seam roofing systems are metal, durable, and have longevity, so what is the difference between the two? The answer is that the fastening methods are not the same.
With a corrugated system, the screws that secure the panels are exposed. Conversely, standing seam panels are designed to be secured below the surface, so their screws are not exposed.
Since 1924, Rainville-Carlson has upheld a reputation of great rapport with satisfied customers and quality work we take pride in. Your company’s roofing system requires the hands of our professionals, plus the knowledge and guidance of our experts. No matter which roofing option you choose, the common goal is that it will weather each and every storm with stability, protection, and longevity.