What is a Standing Seam Roof ?
Definition of Standing Seam Roof in Construction Standing seam is a construction term that describes a method of interlocking panels together in a watertight joint. The standing seam means that the panels are turned up on the edges and the profile of the turned up edges interlocks together. This interlocking allows one piece to cover the other in such a way that water does not penetrate or can enter under the system. The use of a standing seam roof is standard when using metal panels that can be constructed of copper, aluminum or other synthetic materials. The standing seam allows the actual seam to be raised above the elevation of the surface of the roof. Standing seam is an excellent method for waterproofing the tops of bay and bow windows, specialty dormers, entry porches, etc. In some contemporary architecture the use of a standing seam is specified for the entire structure. One of the negative issues with a standing seam roof is the volume of noise that is created with a heavy rain or hail storm. A positive aspect of a standing seam roof is that, even if there are ice dams on the eaves, the water has no ability to enter the structure due to the water tightness of the standing seam roof.