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Standing Seam Roofing For Your Self-Storage Construction

Posted by Julie Matibag on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 02:18 PM

Don’t Get Soaked By Leaking Roofs. 

Protect your Self-Storage Business and Your Clients' Belongings With Standing Seam Roofing.

The last thing a Self-Storage Business owner wants to hear is, “Your roof is leaking and my stuff is wrecked.” Too many Self Storage businesses have lost customers and paid out big bucks for their customers' ruined belongings because they used roofing materials that wouldn’t hold up to the elements, were improperly installed or not adequately maintained.


Until recently, the standard roofing material in Self Storage Construction was ribbed metal roofing. Ever heard the phrase, “You’ve got a screw loose”? This is exactly the problem with ribbed metal roofing. Metal roofing is attached with screws through the roof area where water flows. Temperature changes cause the screws to loosen, allowing water to seep in around the screw holes. While standard ribbed metal roofing may be less expensive initially, it requires maintenance to prevent leaks.


This is why more Self Storage owners are turning to Standing Seam Roofing for their Self Storage Construction.


Standing Seam Roofing is constructed with extra deep channels to carry water off the roof and utilizes hidden clips that attach high on the standing seam and away from the trough where water is channeled. The concealed roof clip system allows for the natural expansion and contraction that occurs with temperature changes. No holes or screws penetrate the metal roof so water leaks are virtually impossible.  

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Standing Seam Roof Panels are offered in 22 or 24-gauge and can be applied on a 1/4:12 roof slope. They are made of a Galvalume, carry a 25-year warranty and can be installed over open structural framing or solid surfaces.


Standing Seam Roofing provides the perfect blend of durability, function and aesthetics.   Whether your requirements are for low or steep slope, mansard, retrofit, or equipment screens to hide rooftop clutter, Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems are the ideal solution. They are suitable for spanning across purlins on typical spacing, or laid directly over rigid insulation and/or solid decking. Many combinations of panel widths, rib heights and seam profiles provide extensive application and design flexibility.


Many Self Storage Facilities are being designed with architectural features such as high side and rake parapets, multilevel and irregular roof surfaces. While these various features add aesthetic value to the project, they also make the roof much more complicated to install. There are a number of things you will need to take into consideration when installing Standing Seam Roofing.  

Considerations for Installing Standing Seam Roofing

  • Special attention should be paid to anything that interrupts the flow of water off the roof, such as roof hatches, air-conditioning units, elevator or stairwell penthouses.
  • In addition, thermal movement must be considered on wider roofs. The panels and the trim must be capable of handling this movement. 
  • Manufacturer's installation details should be available for standard conditions such as the ridge, hip, valley, eave and rake. The manufacturer should also be able to help with details on special conditions and provide needed information on approved curbs, pipe flashings and other roof-related appurtenances. To help eliminate the potential for problems, comprehensive details for each special condition on the roof should be addressed in the Self Storage Design and Engineering phase.
  • Water runoff from lead or copper will cause galvanic corrosion and void the Galvalume perforation warranty. This includes condensation from roof-top air-conditioning units. If masonry or parapet walls are to be installed adjacent to the roof, provide protection to prevent these materials from being dropped onto the roof, which may cause corrosion of the Galvalume metal.
  • Roofing materials should not be cut with an abrasive blade, as this melts the Galvalume coating and leads to edge rusting.
  • Inspect your roof twice per year. Standing Seam Roofing is low maintenance, but it is NOT no maintenance. Objects can be thrown on or fall on the roof, and debris can accumulate. Steel objects allowed to remain on the roof can cause the roof to rust through. 
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