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Corrugated vs Standing Seam Metal Roofing

[fa icon="calendar"] 03/27/2019 / by Steve Collins

Steve Collins

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Examining the differences between corrugated and standing seam roofing panels.

While both roofing panels have their advantages, when choosing between corrugated roofing or a standing seam metal roof a few key performance features need to be considered.Corrugated metal panels have been tried and tested for decades around the world.  One of the first designed metal roofing panels, these systems are also some of the most structural and durable of any panel profile.  Standing seam panels also offer exceptional performance, and are sometimes preferred for their sleek minimal appearances.

 

Corrugated Metal Roofing

A corrugated metal roofing panel can describe a wide range of looks.  A repeating corrugated pattern is all that defines a corrugated panel.  For this discussion we are going to focus on wave corrugated, as this is often the first panel people think of when talking about corrugated panels.  This repeating wave creates an incredibly strong panel and is very often used in areas where an affordable, yet durable roofing panel is needed.  For this reason, you often see corrugated panels in tropical hurricane zones, or in high-wind regions. 

Corrugated metal is almost always an exposed fastener system, meaning the screws that hold the panel to the substrate or framing are exposed to the weather.  Exposed fastener panel systems often install very quickly but do require the occasional inspection (3-5 years) to ensure that the washers are intact and that the fasteners have not loosened over time.

 

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

A standing seam metal roof offers a range of advantages over corrugated panel profiles.  The panels are often preferred from an aesthetic point of view as their sleek lines are commonly used in high-end residential and commercial projects.  Standing seam, or standing rib panels, are usually heavily tested and have excellent performance characteristics.  While both corrugated roofing and standing seam roofing have engineered solar and snow retention options, standing seam is usually preferred as the base for these roofing accessories.

A crucial difference between corrugated and standing seam is the fastening system of a standing seam profile.  Standing seam panels are designed to conceal the fastener below the surface of the panel, either using a clip or nail flange system.  This hidden fastener eliminates the issues related to faulty or improperly fastened exposed systems.

 

Cost Comparison

Steel, Copper, Zinc and Aluminum are all commodities and pricing for these metals can vary depending on current market prices.  For roofing panels, the raw materials are formed into large flat sheet coils which are then ran through a roll-former.  The width of the panel can greatly affect the overall price, depending on the amount of waste created from making the finished product.  Corrugated roofing panels often have little to no wasted material from the base coil, and do not require slitting down to a smaller coil width.  For this reason, a corrugated panel is often less expensive than a standing seam panel, although this can vary depending on the profile.  As an exposed fastener panel, corrugated also has the advantage of a faster installation time than a standing seam panel in most cases. 

 

Examples of Standing Seam Roofing Panels

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Copper Standing Seam Roof

 

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Radius Standing Seam Roofing Panel

 

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Steel Standing Seam Roof

 

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Corten Steel Standing Seam Roof

 

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Rustic Standing Seam Roof

 

Examples of Corrugated Roofing Panels

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Corten Steel Corrugated Roofing Panel on Gazebo

 

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Painted Steel Corrugated Roofing

 

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Corten Corrugated Roofing Panel

 

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Corrugated Accent Roof

 

Overall, both panel types perform well as roofing systems depending on your needs and desired appearance.  In Europe and North America standing seam is commonly thought of as a more modern look, while in the pacific regions corrugated is commonly seen in modern designs.  Both systems perform well, depending on the specific panel chosen, in a variety of weather conditions.  While tested standing seam panels can handle similar wind loads as corrugated roofing panels, other weather like hail is better handled by the repeating pattern of a corrugated panel. 

Ultimately the best route is to speak to a specialist or installer about your options and choose the roofing panel that best fits your needs.

 

Topics: Metal Roofing, modern, corrugated, residential, weathered steel, Home Advice

Steve Collins

Written by Steve Collins

A big fan of understanding how things work, and why they do what they do.