Regular Ag Panel vs. Standing Seam Metal

2 Key Differences You Should be Aware Of

Picking between Standing Seam Metal Roofing vs Corrugated Metal Roofing is not an easy decision, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in roofing installation or home customization.

Both Standing Seam and Corrugated Metal Roofing are both excellent choices and yet the benefits and drawbacks when they are compared to each other can be significant.

The last thing you would want to do is spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money investing in a new roof, only to find out that you have to rebuild it again because you picked the wrong one.

Both roof types have their own pros and cons that must be analyzed so that you can select which one will be a better fit for you and your home. This article will help you objectively compare the two options, so you can know that you have picked the right roofing construction type for you and your family.

In this article, the following categories will be explored comparing Standing Seam vs Corrugated Metal Roofing, followed by a summary at the bottom.

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Strength and durability

1. Standing Seam vs Corrugated Metal – Aesthetics

Corrugated metal roofing was originally designed to be lightweight, easy to transport, and is typically galvanized for rust prevention. The corrugations were specifically included to increase the bending strength of the sheet metal in the direction perpendicular to the corrugations. Aesthetically speaking, corrugated metal roofing is cheaply made and yet generally can last many years. Developing countries such as Australia, especially in the early 1800s first began using this type of metal roofing, and it is still widely used on military buildings and in rural settings such as on farms, barns, and other agricultural applications. Although fabricated to be rust proof, marine areas which are located near salt-water can greatly accelerate corrosion on this metal and although structurally sound – the appearance of neglect and aging can be unsightly if not properly protected. This can be easily addressed however with the proper application of specialized painting or coatings – also depending on the type of metal alloy being used.

On the other hand, standing seam metal roofs require far more precision and expertise for installation by the installer. Overall, the standing seam metal roof is more attractive than a corrugated metal roof with unexposed fasteners, clean lines, and is a clear winner for residential-type applications.

2. Standing Seam vs Corrugated Metal – Strength and durability

When considering Metal roofing over asphalt shingles, there are marked advantages such as greater solar reflectance decreasing the amount of heat absorption during the summer and subsequently lowering your heat bill via lower HVAC usage.

Additionally, both corrugated metal and standing seam roofing have very long lifespans, low maintenance, and excellent durability.

The average lifespan of asphalt shingle roofing can be anywhere between 10 to 20 years. Metal roofing can last up to 50-80 years depending on installation quality.

Corrugated metal roofing is typically found adorning barns and on industrial buildings. It is less common to find this type of roofing used in residential applications.

Standing seam metal roofs have a very modern look that is distinctive, totally waterproof, available in Copper, Steel, and Aluminum. The installation process requires skilled precision and master craftsmanship techniques. These roofs appear far more stately and attractive than any other metal roofing type.

In summary, although standing seam roofs are more expensive for installation cost than our corrugated metal counterpart, they appear to be far more attractive, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and are just as strong, lightweight, and advantageous as corrugated metal type roofs. If you are building a barn or government building, corrugated metal roofing is the way to go – less expensive, strong, durable, and overall reliability. If you are building your dream home – attention to detail is critically important and the standing seam roof is hands-down the most appropriate option.