Metal roofs provide a massive amount of durability to your roof, and come in a wide range of different colors and thicknesses, allowing you to customize your roof to your exact specifications. However, in addition to their degree of customization in color and gauge, metal roofs also come with two different types of connections between panels: standing seams and batten seams. While the difference between the two may seem superficial at first, there are actually some real differences between the two types of seams. Understanding what each type of roofing seam has to offer your metal roof can help you choose the one that best suits your roofing needs.
Standing seam roofs provide a clean and flat appearance to the metal roof system that they are used with, as they are designed so that seams are not visible from the outside. Instead, metal panels fit snugly together, with the seams completely covered. Standing seam roofing systems will make use of large panels, to limit the overall amount of seams in your roof and thus to reduce the amount of potential entry points for water to get into your home.
On one hand, the larger panels used with standing seams, coupled with the reduced amount of actual seams, can speed up the installation process of your metal roof. On the other hand, the larger panels means that if any section of your roof becomes damaged, a large portion will have to be replaced, which can make repairs much more expensive.
Batten seam metal roofing makes use of a raised seam, which is then covered with its own metal cap. These raised seams make a grid that the panels of metal are fitted within, providing a greater degree of structural support to the roof when compared to standing seam roofs. Further, these types of metal roofs make use of much smaller sections of metal roofing material than standing seam roofs do.
The smaller section size of batten seam roofing means that they are more easily installed on roofs that have non-linear or non-uniform shapes, and also means that if any part of your roof ever becomes damaged, the repair process will be simpler and less expensive when compared to standing seam systems. However, batten seam metal roofs do not have the same clean aesthetic that standing seam metal roofs provide, and the installation process is somewhat more involved due to the nature of the seams and the smaller panel size.
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