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An Introduction to Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has gained popularity over the years due to the many potential benefits property owners can get with this type of roofing system. However, standing seam metal roofing’s elegant and modern look, superior weather-tight qualities, and longevity make it one of the most remarkable types of metal roofing.

Let’s look at the most important aspects of standing seam metal roofing as this becomes more and more popular each day in the roofing industry.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing 

What defines standing seam roofing is a concealed fastener metal roofing panel system with two vertical legs and usually a flat area between the two of them. It can also be described as a metal panel with raised seams or vertical legs above the flat area.

These metal panels are used in many metal roofing projects. What separates this panel type from the others is its hidden fastener. It can be attached to the roof deck or directly fastened to the decking by using a fastener flange under the vertical leg during the installation process. 

Profile Types


Another great quality that standing seam panels provide is the number of choices out on the market. Beyond just having great options of colors, you can also find different lengths, widths, thicknesses, and shapes. Here are some of the most common choices when it comes to standing seam profile types.

Snap-Lock Profiles

This panel type is carefully rolled with shaped edges, a male and a female leg snap together. During the installation, snap-lock profiles are attached to the roof deck using a clip that gets attached to the seam and fastens underneath.

Mechanical Lock Profiles

Mechanical lock panels are also roll-formed with edges that line up. Once the two panels are lined up together, a mechanical seamer is used to bend and lock the edges together. Mechanical seams come in two different options, a single lock 90-degree seam, and a double lock 180-degree seam.

Batten Panel Profiles

These batten panel profiles work in the same way but with a different seam process instead. Once the two panels are rolled-formed next, the seaming process consists of a metal cap that goes over the legs to mechanically seams.

Fastener Flange Profiles

The fastener flange, also known as nail flange, has a similar locking process as the snap-lock. Still, the only difference between each one is that a nail flange is directly fastened to the deck through the male leg of the panel. 

Some Standing Seam Panel Types Include

  • Ribbed
  • Flat
  • Striated
  • Pencil
  • V-Ribs
  • Bead
  • Clip Relief

Standard Panel Sizing

Standing seam panels widths in some cases tend to vary depending on the manufacturer. Still, most panels are between 12″ and 18″, being 16″ the most common size. On the other hand, seam heights, also referred to as the rib height in most cases tends to be between 1″ to 3″. The most common choices you can find are 1 ½” and 2″. In case of snap-lock panels, 1 ¾” tends to be the standard for commercial applications. 

Benefits You Can Get With Standing Seam Metal Roofing

  • Energy-efficient
  • Longevity & lifecycle 
  • Architectural freedom 
  • Different material options
  • Mounting options
  • Modern look
  • Thermal movement

Hire Qualified Standing Seam Roofing Contractors

Standing seam has one of the most complex and labor-intensive installation processes out of the metal roofing options available on the market. That’s why it is recommended to hire qualified roofing professionals to handle a metal roofing project such as standing seam metal roofing. 

When property owners want to invest in a roofing system of this level, they may look for the highest-quality, experienced contractors to make their investment last.

At One Oak Exteriors, we have everything you need to handle your next successful standing seam metal roofing project. Our roofing contractors will provide you with the utmost benefits of the best metal roofing system in the roofing industry. Trust our roofing company!