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September 01, 2015

Metal Roofing: Know What You’re Getting – Part 3

Finishing: Standing Seam vs. Ribbed/Barn Metal

This is the third 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. Follow these links to read the previous posts:


The primary reason for installing a standing seam metal roof – whether for residential or commercial applications – is probably aesthetics. Properly installed, a standing seam roof will not only provide decades of service, but will provide a distinctive, elegant look to virtually any home or building design. Color is, of course, critical in this respect, but also important is how edges and other details are “finished” to complete the roof.

DSCN0350.jpgStanding seam panels can be bent effectively to terminate securely and cleanly at the drip edge of the roof and other locations, virtually eliminating the potential for wind uplift damage. In addition, metal trim components (rakes, caps, and other flashing pieces) are custom-made for each roof, ensuring good aesthetics and an excellent, long-term, watertight and bird-proof fit through all weather conditions.

In contrast, roofs with panels made from ribbed metal are usually not trimmed or finished effectively, because the ribs/striations in the panel inhibit bending the metal to provide a clean termination at the roof’s gutter edge and other areas.


Foam is often used to close gaps on ribbed panels, which can deteriorate over time, inviting wind uplift problems.

Trim details for barn metal roofs are typically one-size-fits-all items that have to be adjusted to install properly. This can lead to problems down the road when the roof is subject to expansion and contraction, and components can work themselves apart, inviting water penetration and bird nesting.

Royalty Roofing has a proven history of installing standing seam metal roofing systems for homeowners and commercial facilities. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and our capabilities. Please give us a call at 800-303-8392 or submit the contact form on this page. 

Learn More We invite you to learn more about Royalty’s metal roofing capabilities by visiting our standing seam page, where you can also view a short video testimonial. Or download our brochure by clicking on the image at left.
Article by Royalty / Metal


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