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Standing Seam Vs. 5V Crimp Roofing: The Pros And Cons

There are two popular options when it comes to metal residential roofing replacement: standing seam and 5V crimp roofing. While both have great durability and fire resistance, standing seam roofs have no exposed fasteners and that can decrease the level of maintenance and increase the longevity when compared with 5V crimp. Here are the pros and cons to consider when comparing standing seam to crimp. 


Less Maintenance

One of the major benefits of choosing a standing seam over a 5V crimp metal roof is the reduction in maintenance requirements. Standing seam roofs have no exposed fasteners and that tends to eliminate a lot of the maintenance required with repairing exposed fasteners that have moved or broken.

More Durability

Another reason to choose standing seam over a crimp roof is the added durability, again due to the lack of exposed fasteners. Because the fasteners aren't exposed to the elements, they aren't pummeled by harmful factors like moisture and especially UV rays that tend to break down rubber washers and make them brittle over time.

Thicker Panels

One important characteristic of standing seam roofs that gives them an edge over crimp roofs is the additional thickness of the metal panels. Standing seam roof panels have a slightly thicker gauge and it's a major factor that adds to increased durability.

Higher Quality Paint

Standing seam roofs are available in a wide variety of colors and UV protective coatings. Typically these paint systems are a higher quality product than 5V crimp roofing options.


Higher Cost

Like any high-quality roofing system, it costs a little more than the lower-quality option. 5V crimp systems are often the cost equivalent of a high-quality asphalt roof, whereas standing seam roofing can cost between $10.50 and $17.50 per square foot installed. The higher cost comes in the form of thicker panels, higher quality paint, narrower panels requiring a higher quantity, and the use of their characteristic hidden fastening systems.

More Complicated Installation

Another drawback of choosing to install a standing seam roof is that it entails a more complicated installation process because of the hidden fastening system. This necessitates using a contractor that specializes in standing seam roofing, preferably a company with years of experience correctly installing the product. An improper installation can drastically affect all of the characteristics that make standing seam roofing so appealing. The increased difficulties in installation not only require more expertise but also time and that can add to the labor costs.

Contact a local residential roofing replacement service to learn more.