Standing Seam Metal Roof Pros and Cons for Floridians

Standing Seam Metal Roof
April 24, 2024

Have you noticed more and more metal roofs cropping up across Central Florida and the Greater Tampa Bay region? It’s not just you — Floridians are increasingly relying on metal roofs to protect their homes against hurricanes and other extreme weather events. And specifically, standing seam metal roof replacements have become extremely popular for residential structures.

There are lots of reasons for this, and we’re going to walk you through them all. We’re PITCH Roofing, your local roofing partner with decades of experience. Keep reading to see real insights from our local experts on all things standing seam!

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof

Many people are surprised that the designation “standing seam metal roof” has nothing to do with the type of metal or coatings applied to your roof. Rather, it’s all about your metal roof’s fasteners.

A standing seam metal roof has hidden fasteners. In other words, the metal panels slot together underneath the panel and are adhered that way. This is notably different from 5V metal roofs, which are screwed into your roof from the top down.

While this may seem like a small difference, having hidden fasteners gives many advantages to standing seam metal roofs. But at the same time, it can also lead to problems for some homeowners looking for metal roof replacements.

Pros and Cons of Standing Seam Metal Roofs

While standing seam roofs are popular and high-quality, they aren’t perfect. And if you don’t know the upsides and downsides of having a standing seam metal roof, you could have some nasty surprises waiting for you.

We’re here to make sure you’re informed, so let’s talk about the good and the bad of a standing seam metal roof replacement!

Pro: The Best Metal Roof for Homes

Sometimes people avoid metal roofs for their homes because they don’t want their new roof to look industrial. This is understandable, but it’s also not something that you have to worry about with a standing seam metal roof.

Thanks to their hidden fasteners, standing seam metal roofs have a sleek, smooth profile. This perfectly suits residential structures and creates a very modern aesthetic without looking industrial.

Con: High Metal Roofing Costs

High Metal Roofing Costs

There are many great things about standing seam roofs, but their price point is not one of them. Metal roofing in general tends to be expensive, especially if you’re comparing it to asphalt shingle roofing. But because of the high cost to manufacture standing seam panels and their difficult installation process, getting this type of metal roof is not cheap.

So what’s the damage? A standing seam metal roof costs between $10 and $35 per square foot, but their average price is closer to $20 per square foot. This price can fluctuate depending on the particulars of your roof and local pricing factors, which is why the price range is so large. To get a more accurate number for your metal roof replacement, we strongly recommend getting a free roofing estimate from trusted roofers.

Pro: Great Durability and Minimal Maintenance

Standing seam metal roofs don’t just look great. They’re also among the hardiest and most durable roofing materials available in Florida. Let’s talk about just a handful of the ways that standing seam roofs stand up to Florida’s weather:

  • Thanks to their hidden fasteners, standing seam metal roofs can expand and contract with the Sun’s heat, which prevents premature aging of your roofing system.
  • Standing seam roofs can resist winds of up to 140 mph, which means they can withstand a Category 4 hurricane!
  • Most metal roofs in Florida receive anti-rust coatings, which will prevent the year-round humidity from wearing on your roof.

Because of these protective features, standing seam metal roofs need very little maintenance. So if you want a metal roof that you don’t have to worry too much about, choose standing seam!

Con: Potential Oil Canning

Oil canning

sometimes happens on standing seam roofs, and while it doesn’t structurally weaken your roof, it’s certainly unsightly. But what even is oil canning?

Oil canning is a process that can happen when your standing seam panels are adhered together too tightly. This starts as a bubbling due to your roof trying and failing to expand with the heat, and it eventually leads to wavy patterns on your otherwise smooth roof. This can slightly, but not drastically, decrease your home’s curb appeal.

The good news is that you can avoid oil canning. It only happens when roofers incorrectly install the panels and place them too close together. This is part of why choosing reputable roofers is so important!

Pro: Long-lasting Protection

One of the best features of a standing seam roof is how long it lasts. Whereas your typical shingle roof might last 20 or even 25 years, a properly installed standing seam metal roof can last for 50-60 years.

This long lifespan is one of the biggest reasons that people choose standing seam metal roofs. But to get a roof that lasts this long, you’ll have to carefully choose your contractors. Even minor issues during installation, like scraping paint off your panels, could allow rust to set in and shorten the lifespan of your roof.

That’s why it’s crucial to be picky about your roofing contractors. And at Pitch, we certainly don’t expect you to accept that we’re the best around just because we say so. Instead, we prove our competence. And that starts with your free roofing estimate!

Get a Free Standing Seam Metal Roof Estimate

As we’ve established, standing seam is not cheap. But you can better plan for your standing seam metal roof replacement by getting a free roofing estimate. When you work with our experienced roofers, you can count on a roofing estimate that’s detailed and covers the full scope of your metal roof replacement.

It’s even easy to get started. Just call us at 727-607-4280 or reach out to us online and we’ll schedule your free estimate. From the very beginning, we’ll demonstrate our expertise and customer service to make sure you know that you’re working with the best roofers in Florida.

A standing seam metal roof is a significant investment. Make sure you’re getting your money’s worth by choosing the pros at PITCH Roofing!

Last Updated:May 31, 2024