LOW SLOPE ROOFS
AMT Metal Roofing is a roofing company specializing in low slope roofs in Edmonton. Our team of in-house metal roofers are experts in installing the Standing Seam metal panels on low pitch roofs. Standing seam metal panels are one of the best options for low slope roofs due to their durability, longevity and curb appeal.
The aesthetic of a low slope roof is modern and sleek, but it comes with its own set of challenges that need to be addressed when choosing roofing products for your Edmonton home or business.
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What is roof pitch?
The pitch of a roof is generally determined by calculating how much the roof rises vertically over the span of 12 horizontal feet. (For example: a pitch measurement of 2:12 would mean that for every 12 feet horizontally, the height would increase by 2 feet – this would be considered low pitch.) Depending on the pitch of a roof, different roofing materials are recommended.
CONCERNS WITH LOW SLOPE
Low pitched roofs are a popular choice for contemporary house design and commercial buildings. However, as mentioned before, low slopes can create potential problems for your Edmonton home if you do not choose the appropriate roofing materials or do not have them installed properly.
The main concern with low slope roofs is reduced drainage. Water is far more likely to pool on the roof top, which can lead to serious problems, such as roof leaks. In colder climates, like what we experience here in the Edmonton area, the freeze-thaw cycle of pooled water is particularly concerning for flat roofs.
Temperature changes can cause roofing materials to shrink or expand, creating gaps between material. Water is far more likely to seep between any small crack or gap because of the low slope and when that water freezes it also expands, causing potentially irreparable damage.
Water infiltration can lead to cosmetic and structural damage of your house, as well as mold and mildew growth, which can have serious health implications for you and your family.
THE STANDING SEAM SYSTEM
The good news is that despite the concerns that come with low slope roofs, there are roofing materials specifically designed to mitigate these issues.
The Standing Seam metal roofing system offered by AMT Metal Roofing is the perfect solution to the common problems of flat roofs for residential and commercial buildings in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
The Standing Seam system is unique in its architectural profile. Standing seam panels perfectly compliment the modern aesthetic of flat roof homes and commercial buildings.
The metal panels are available with either self-locking or mechanical-locking seams.
Self-locking (also known as snap locking) panels are easily joined together without the need for mechanical seaming.
Seams on mechanically locking panels are usually double folded, thus providing the best protection against water penetration. These panels utilize a hidden clipping system and can be used in different widths to create a unique roofing pattern.
The Standing Seam metal roofing system is known for its superior durability. It is a maintenance free roofing option that is backed by up to 40 year paint warranty and 25 year workmanship warranty. You cannot get that kind of guarantee from other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles or SBS.
Another highly attractive quality of standing seam metal panels is that they offer customizable installation options for your Edmonton home or business. They come in a variety of colours, lengths, and widths to fit any roof or design plan, ensuring that your low slope roof is as alluring as it is effective.
Standing Seam panels do not have any exposed fasteners. This is an extremely beneficial attribute, given that flatter roofs are more susceptible to water accumulation. As mentioned before, the best roofing material for low slope roofs must be waterproof. The standing seam system fits that bill perfectly. The way that the seams are joined and fastened to the roof deck prevents water from getting in it.
The panels are also designed to withstand a certain amount of expansion and contraction as the hidden clips allow for some movement. This is particularly beneficial during temperature change.
In a study conducted by the Florida Solar commission, it was discovered that up to 70% of heat is reflected by metal. AMT Metal Roofing’s standing seam metal panels are constructed with the highest quality materials and are also coated with highly reflective paints. The more heat that is deflected, the less likely your home will experience thermal transfer (where heat is absorbed by the roof deck and ultimately transferred to the inside of your home). Findings from the Cool Metal Roofing Coalitions and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory state that this increase heat deflection could mean up to 40% savings on energy bills.
Installing a standing seam roof on your building undoubtedly adds value to your structure. The increased durability, improved energy efficiency and enhanced curb-appeal increases the resale value of your Edmonton residential or commercial property.
With a Standing Seam metal roofing system, you can rest assured that your home or business will be fully protected from the top, down.
The many benefits of standing seam panels effectively mitigate the potential concerns that come with low slope roofs, making it the superior roofing material option. Your home or business is sure to look amazing and be fully protected with a Standing Seam metal roofing system.