Exposed Fastener Metal Roofs

Exposed fastened metal roofs aren’t exactly in vogue these days – but they do represent a tremendous value in the right situation. Exposed fasteners involve driving a fastener through the panel and right into the deck of the roof, itself. The panels overlap and the fasteners are drilled into both layers – leaving them visible to the naked eye. Thus, ‘exposed’ fasteners

Today, we’re going to talk about the benefit of exposed fastened metal roofs and how they can be a worthwhile investment for you. Let’s jump right in!


Right off the bat, exposed fastener roofs are less expensive than standing seam systems. A big part of the reason for this is that exposed fastener roofs are manufactured to be thinner. On the whole – that means less material is needed for a project and it’s less hassle during installation. These roofs also don’t tend to use much in the way of metal roof clips – which also helps reduce the cost (fewer components).

Different strokes for different folks 

One of the age-old arguments for standing seam metal roofs is that they look better. On the whole – we’d probably agree. They blend in better with their surroundings, don’t have the bulky bolts sticking up and the like. But if cost, ease of installation and the need to match it to appearance is NOT front of mind in your decision – then Exposed fasteners should be your choice.

That being said

One thing to keep in mind with exposed fastener roofs is that they do require a little more maintenance that standing seam roofs do. If you’re looking for a product that you can install and simply forget about – this kind of roofing system probably aren’t for you. While you’ll still have to remove debris, clean gutters and scan for scratches – you’ll also have to check fasteners for damage, check in on lapping location and be on the lookout for any place where water might be seeping in.

This isn’t a heavy lift, necessarily – but it’s certainly more than a standing steam roof.

Hopefully these tips will help you figure out which kind of metal roof system is best for your needs. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give us a call and we can provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!

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