Standing seam metal roofing panels have been used on traditional and contemporary homes for more than a century.  These types of roofing panels are clean, graceful lines have been an enduring roofing favorite on a wide range of architecture. The metal roofing panel is a premium standing seam metal roof panel that is designed for distinctive, high-end looks. Standing seam metal roofing panels are popular in up-scale residential and commercial roofing applications. Standing seam metal roofing panels snap securely together with completely concealed fasteners for maximum wind and weather resistance.

There’s metal roofing, and then there’s a particular type called standing seam metal roofing. Houses in your neighborhood with metal roofs most likely are of the standing seam variety. Continuous panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. This is where we get the term standing seam, because the seam is raised or standing, as opposed to flush-mounted.

Why is it called Standing Seam Roofing?

When most homeowners begin thinking about a metal roof, all they can envision are the roofs they have seen on barns and commercial buildings. Those types of metal roofs typically have panels that run vertically up the roof. These types of metal panel roofs are called “Standing Seam” because their prominent visual feature is the raised interlocking seam.  This seam joins one panel to the next. This type of roof is often called “commercial roofing,” or “agricultural panel roofing,” or even “barn roofing.”  Standing seam products provide great protection and durability for which metal is known.

Standing seam metal roofing has been engineered in narrow panels for a clean, contemporary look that is architecturally scaled for the scale of any home rather than for the larger scale of a barn or shopping center. Manufactured from heavy-duty, rust-free aluminum, Your roof will stand apart from most standing seam panels that are steel. Additionally, in standing seam roofing conceals all fasteners, eliminating failure-prone rubber washers beneath exposed screw heads.

For homeowners who want a metal roof with a traditional appearance, J Duncanson is here to help your roof be the best. The stainless fastening clips and screws ensure secure and lasting attachment with no chance for problems resulting from expansion and contraction. The trims used to complete a  roof have also been carefully designed for beauty and durability.


High Seams

One great advantage of standing seam metal roofs is contained in the name itself: seams, the weak point in any roof and a potential entry point for moisture, are raised above the level of the roofing panel. You can’t say this for composition shingles.

Fewer Seams

Because the metal panels run unhindered from the top to the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total the roof has a far fewer number of seams.


Yes, metal is tough–very tough–but it’s not impervious to all hazards. The sheet metal in this type of roofing can be penetrated by heavy falling limbs or dented by a severe hailstorm.

“Cool Roof”

All metal roofing in general is considered a “cool roof” by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This is because metal roofing can be painted any color, including colors on the lighter end of the spectrum which will prevent solar heat gain.

Sleek Looks

Standing seam roofs are perfect for certain types of contemporary or country-style houses. Due to the smooth, straight lines, these roofs give your house an “industrial” feeling, yet with a modern flair. These are not the rippled tin roofs that you might remember from warehouses of the past.


As mentioned this earlier, but only in terms of lighter, sun-reflecting colors. But what about style? Metal comes in a decent array of colors: grays, browns, forest greens, earthy reds. Perhaps this isn’t the full palette of colors as you might find at a paint store, but it’s more than you’ll find with composite/asphalt shingles.