Snap-Lock Metal Roof
What Is Snap-Lock?
Snap-Lock is a type of standing seam metal roof panel that has a male and a female leg that snap together. Clips are used to attach the panel to the roof deck. They fasten underneath the panel and out of view to keep the clean look of a standing seam roof.
Snap-Lock is one of the most attractive and durable roofing materials available today. It’s also noncombustible, meeting the strictest building and fire codes. Snap-Lock’s innovative standing seam design is self-locking for a watertight seal. Installation of the Snap-Lock roofing system is a “snap.”
Metal roofing is one of the fastest-growing segments of home improvement – more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade. The benefits offered by today’s metal roofs allow homeowners and business owners to upgrade their roofs with products of lasting value.
Advantages of Snap-Lock Metal Roofing
Easier To Install – This roofing system consists of panels that simply snap together. By eliminating mechanical seams, the installation process is much faster and simpler. If you like tackling home improvement projects, an easier installation might make it tempting to want to install Snap Lock yourself (which some people do). However, we recommend having your roofing installed by a licensed professional. Our company does not perform installations, but we do know this is the best way to ensure that a roof is done safely and correctly.
Less Labor Costs – The big advantage to you is that an easier installation equals a more affordable installation. You will save on labor costs with Snap Lock as it’s a less labor-intensive installation. Fewer hours are required to complete the job, which decreases the overall job cost. The cost savings are not only a result of less labor but also because fewer tools are required. The tool for mechanically seamed installations used in other standing seam installations can cost up to $400 per week per seamer.
A More Affordable Standing Seam Panel – Standing seam is not the right roof for someone on a small budget. It will cost you about twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof or a corrugated metal roof. However, Snap Lock is the more affordable panel within the standing seam roofing category. A Snap-Lock standing seam system will run you anywhere between $8 to $14 per square foot including materials and installation.
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Disadvantages of Snap-Lock Metal Roofing
Less Weathertight – This may seem confusing as standing-seam roofs are known for being a weathertight roof. After all standing seam roofs do not have exposed fasteners so there’s less of a chance for water to penetrate through. While Snap Lock is certainly more weathertight than other types of metal roofs, such as corrugated, it is less weathertight when compared to a mechanically seamed roof. Mechanically seamed panels, especially when double-locked, are secured together so tightly that there is no room for water to come through. This eliminates worries of leaking or water damage to your roof.
Not A Good Fit For Low Sloped Roofs – If you have a flat or very low sloped roof, Snap Lock is not the right roofing choice for you. These types of panels cannot be used on a roof that is less than a 3:12 pitch. The chances of leaks are greater on lower sloped roofs as water will accumulate more easily on them. If you have a roof with a pitch that is 1:12 or greater, a mechanically fastened standing seam is a better solution for you.
What Is A Mechanically Seamed Metal Panel?
Mechanically seamed panels are concealed fastener standing seam roofing panels with a male and female leg. They are designed with clips that line up with one another so they can be locked together by a mechanical or hand seamer.
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