What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

standing seam metal roof

Whether you’re renovating your house or starting construction from the ground up, a standing seam metal roof is the best investment you can make in your home. Not only does this type of roofing system last for decades, but it gives your home a striking look that adds curb appeal and boosts resale value.

The installation process for a standing seam roof is quite complex, and you’ll need a professional contractor with the skill and experience to handle it. Fortunately, our team of experts is just a phone call away and ready to help you with all your roofing needs.

At Authentic Restoration of Birmingham, AL, we’re a licensed and insured general contractor providing professional home improvement services including roof replacements, roofing installation, insurance claim restorations, and more. Call us today at (205) 982-5252 to schedule your free estimate with our home improvement experts.

What Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

standing seam metal roof

A standing seam roof is a type of metal roofing system that’s exceptionally high quality and one of the best roofing types you can get for your home. Although there are many types of metal roofs, standing seam systems are unique because they have concealed fasteners. The hidden fasteners have better protection from the elements and, therefore, last much longer than a metal roof with exposed fasteners.

During installation, the contractor places the panels vertically (from the eaves of your roof up to the ridge) with an interlocking seam, which connects adjacent panels and hides the fastener for a seamless and modern look. You also have the choice of using a clip or fastener flange attachment to the roofing deck to secure your panels down tightly.

Profile Types of Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Homeowners can choose between various panel profile types, which refer to the seam type, locking mechanism, and how the panels fit together. We can help you find the perfect panel profile for your house based on factors like how steep your roof is, its size and design, and the surrounding landscape. Let’s discuss the different profile types right now.

Mechanical Lock

A mechanical lock profile has two seam options: 90-degree (single lock) or 180-degree (double lock). During installation, we rollform these panels to line up the edges, at which point we use a special piece of equipment to bend and lock the panels.

Batten Panel

Batten panel roofing systems also have two different types: snap caps (snap-on installation) and tee seams (mechanical seaming installation). During installation, we rollform two panels together, push them up against each other, and then cap the legs to create the seam.

Nail/Fastener Flange

Nail and fastener flange systems are generally the most popular profile choice for homeowners, as they’re the least expensive to install. However, the fastener is the only component that secures the panels to your roof in this system, which negatively affects durability and longevity.


Snap-lock profiles do not require any mechanical or hand seaming since they attach to your roof deck with a clip. We rollform the panels during installation to ensure they snap and interlock together securely.

Benefits of a Standing Seam Metal Roof

As an Alabama homeowner, the type of metal roof you choose for your home is an important decision. If you’re going to invest in a metal roof, the best choice is a standing seam system.

  • Highly durable: Standing seam roofs last for up to 50 years.
  • Aesthetically modern: Concealed fasteners make for a seamless look.
  • Energy-efficient: Metal reflects solar heat, lowering your cooling bills.
  • Weather and fire resistant: Metal roofs can resist hail, snow, rain, wind, and fire.
  • Low-maintenance: With proper installation, metal roofs require almost no maintenance.
  • Great for increasing resale value: Standing seam roofs are state-of-the-art and add value to your home.

Authentic Restoration is your trusted source for general contracting, roofing, and home improvement in Birmingham, AL. We offer fast and affordable services, flexible financing, and competitive warranties. Call Authentic Restoration at (205) 982-5252 today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.