When you are considering having a metal roof installed, you might find it difficult to understand all of the terms that are used to describe different types of metal roofs. There are several types of systems used by metal roofers.
Commercial Metal Roofs Rely on Fasteners
Metal roofs rely on fasteners to attach metal panels to a building. In the past, these fasteners were often very visible. However, newer fasteners, referred to as standing seam, do not have any exposed screws.
How Exposed Metal Fasteners Look
The problem with screws is that many building owners believe that they don't look very good. It's better to have a smooth roof with no screws sticking out. When a roof has visible screws, it becomes more obvious that the roof is made of metal and this gives the roof a less natural look.
The Maintenance of Your Roof
Exposed fasteners can also cause problems with regard to the maintenance of your roof. This is because they will create openings that allow for water to enter and corrode your roof.
The Installation of a Standing Seam Roof
One of the reasons why some buildings don't use standing seam is because these types of roofs are more difficult to install and require better craftsmanship. However, if you find the right commercial roofing contractor, you will be able to benefit from this type of roof in the long run.
Exposed fastener roofs are more commonly used for roofs needed for light commercial buildings. They are more common because they can be installed more quickly, require less labor, and are less expensive. These types of roofs can also look more traditional and might fit in well with the aesthetic of your company.
Both Types of Roofs Can Last a Long Time Given the Right Circumstances
Regardless of which option you choose, both types of metal roofs are highly durable and can last a very long time. Metal roofs can be painted and can have a special coating applied to change the appearance of the roof and also protect it from the elements.
Contact a Commercial Roofing Contractor
To make sure that your roof is highly durable, it's essential that you consult with a roofing contractor. They will be able to point you in the right direction. For example, even with roofs that have exposed fasteners, there are types of roofs that are much more capable of resisting the infiltration of water.
To learn more about commercial metal roof systems, reach out to a roofing contractor.