What is Raised Seam Roofing?

Metal roofing is making gains in popularity in the United States, although professionals in the industryRoofer_Houston believe it has already gained wide acceptance due to its durability and low maintenance requirements. Just like a conventional system such as shingles, metal panels come in several varieties one of which is the popular raised seam roofing.


Raised seam or standing seam roofing is a popular system that is unique because of the way in which it is joined together. The sheets of metal are joined at a fold of the material that is about an inch above the panel by clips that hold it together. This guarantees an impenetrable water-tight seal that is as strong as the material itself. The placement of the fold prevents water from seeping between the panel when used on a low slope style of roof. The design is far superior than corrugated counterparts where the corrugation only overlaps by a few inches.


The raised seam type of roofing is a classification among metal panels; however, it also has several sub-classifications. Basically the difference lies in the type of fold that locks two sheets together.

  • Overlap – One panel has a longer raised edge which then folds over the shorter edge of the sheet next to it. This is the simplest type of seam; however, it is not as durable since the two sheets are not mechanically locked together.
  • Single Lock – In a single lock seam, one side of the panel has a short inverted “L” edge. The next sheet beside it has a longer raised edge that can wrap over the shorter one, creating a durable mechanical bond between the two sheets. This type of lock has superior resistance against wind uplift.
  • Double Lock – The double lock seam is similar to a single lock except that the two panels are folded twice for better water resistance and improved durability.
  • Batten – In a batten seam, the two sheets are spaced and held and sealed together by a third piece of galvanized sheet which caps on the top of the two panels and folds on the inverted “L” edges of both sheets in a manner similar to a double lock.
  • Snap On – The snap on is a simplified means of locking the two panels together. One side of the raised seam is formed into a right triangular shape and the other side has a semi- rectangular shape. The two opposing sides are designed to interlock together without requiring any fold, making them easier and faster to install.
  • Tee – The tee seam is similar to a batten except that there are no spaces between the two sheets. A third sheet runs through entire length of the panel and folds into a single lock on both the opposite sides, forming a letter “T.”

Other Components

Similar to a conventional roof, this system uses the same sub-components as a shingled roof. The metal panels have to be installed over a deck; however, spaced decking can also be used instead of a continuous since the sheets alone are already strong enough. An underlayment should also be used in between the panels and the decking to serve as protection from moisture since metal can easily attract condensation due to its low thermal protection. A type of asphalt-saturated organic felt is the most ideal choice for such applications.

In summary, a raised seam structure is one of the most durable systems currently available. It is ideal for areas where high wind is a common occurrence because of its high tensile strength. It is lightweight, easy to install, low maintenance, and comes in a variety of designs and colors. Hopefully this article has provided some helpful information regarding the various types and benefits of raised seam roofs!

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