This is the first in an occasional series of posts about metal roofing, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, because of its durability and ability to add to the aesthetic appeal of virtually any building – residential or commercial. Although primarily focused on residential applications, our post content is relevant for commercial installations as well.
We’ve recently published a brochure that discusses the differences between standing seam roofing systems and bi-rib metal panels, also known as “barn metal.” If you’d like to download that brochure, click on the image at left.
A metal roof can provide beautiful, watertight protection for 50 years or more - far exceeding the life span of a traditional shingle roof.
There are many different types of metal panels used by the construction industry. Each type of panel has its own application, depending on the type of building it’s being installed on. Standing seam metal roofing is a popular option for homeowners because, when the right materials are installed by the right contractor, a metal roof can provide beautiful, watertight protection for 50 years or more – far exceeding the life span of a traditional shingle roof.
Most homeowners and many contractors believe that any metal on a roof is “standing seam,” but that is incorrect. Often when a roofing contractor proposes standing seam to a homeowner, they are intending to install ribbed (bi-rib or classic rib) metal roofing panels, also known as “barn metal.” Barn metal panels are made from thin (26 or 28-gauge) metal and used extensively in agricultural and pole barn installations.
Our next post in this series will go into more detail about the differences between standing seam and ribbed panels, and attachment methods.