All about standing seam hip roofs

When shopping for a metal roof, there’s plenty of makes and models to sift through in order to identify the one that’s the best fit for you and your home. Today however, we’re going to talk about one solution in particular – the standing seam hip roof. 

Standing seam hip roofs are one of the most durable, longest lasting and aesthetically pleasing models of roof and there’s plenty for you to know. So let’s jump right in.

What are they?

A hip roof is a model of roof where all sides slope downwards to meet up with the walls. The ‘hips’ of the wall are external angles where two sides meet. People like them largely because they create more gentle slopes and it allows for the addition of gables or dormer windows. 

Be sure however, to not confuse them with gable roofs. Those have a roof with two sides and a downward angle to the walls however the walls enclose the ends of the roofs. Gables actually make up the space in-between. Hip roofs are a little bit more complex – and you’ll need to have rafters or trusses. 

And in other good news for the folks down here in Tampa, Florida, hip roofs are self-bracing, meaning they’re much better suited to hurricane prone areas and other extreme weather events. While their complexity might be a little bit more complex up front, they’re well worth their cost once you consider the protection they provide. 

Standing seam roofs

Metal standing seam roofs are vertical panels that run the entire length of a given roof. Most of the time they’re simply snapped together or ‘seamed’ that joins them and makes them water-tight. Their most distinguishing characteristic is that you can see the raised, vertical seams where panels connect. These roofs are often blended with hip roofs, to provide stellar protection from the elements and extreme durability. 

If you’re looking to add on a durable, long lasting metal roof to your home, standing seam hip roofs might be for you. To learn more, contact your local roofing professional. And trust us when we tell you yes – they’ll be a slightly higher investment up front, but they’ll be well worth it in the long run. Until then, good luck!

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