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Considering Metal? Comparing Standing Seam to 5V Systems

Metal roofs have surged in popularity lately, which is no surprise given their longevity, durability and sleek aesthetic appeal. But did you know not all metal roofs are installed the same way? That’s right. When choosing a metal roof, it’s important to consider which metal roofing system is best for your home. 

So, what are the different systems? Let’s compare the two most common ones – Standing Seam vs. 5V systems.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing Systems

Standing seam metal roofs are known for their sleek and continuous panels that run vertically from the roof’s ridge to the eaves. These panels are typically custom-fabricated on-site, allowing for precise measurements and a perfect fit.


  • Continuous Panels: The absence of horizontal seams minimizes the risk of leaks and enhances the roof's aesthetic appeal.

  • Hidden Fasteners: Fasteners are concealed beneath the panels, protecting them from weather elements and providing a clean look.

  • Customization: Panels can be tailored to the exact dimensions of your roof, ensuring a tight fit and optimal performance.


  • Durability: Seamless panels are highly resistant to harsh weather conditions, including rain, snow and high winds.

  • Maintenance: Fewer seams means less opportunity for water infiltration and corrosion, resulting in lower maintenance needs.

  • Aesthetics: The smooth, modern appearance of seamless metal roofing enhances curb appeal.

  • Energy Efficiency: Reflective coatings can be applied to reduce heat absorption, lowering cooling costs in the summer.


  • Cost: With the custom fabrication and installation process, seamless systems tend to be more expensive.

  • Installation: Requires expert professionals to ensure quality workmanship with proper fitting and sealing.

5V Metal Roofing Systems

The 5V system, named for the five V-shaped ribs running vertically along each panel, is a traditional and economical option for metal roofs, due to their prefabricated and standard-sized panels. 


  • Distinctive Ribs: Five V-ribs provide structural strength and a unique look.

  • Exposed Fasteners: Visible fasteners on the surface of the panels.

  • Standard Sizes: Panels are generally available in set lengths and widths to simplify the installation process.


  1. Cost: Prefabricated panels and set standard sizing reduces cost.

  2. Ease of Installation: Quicker and simpler installation reduces labor costs.

  3. Versatility: Suitable for a variety of structures, including homes, barns and sheds.

  4. Traditional Look: Offers a classic, rustic aesthetic.


  • Maintenance: Exposed fasteners are susceptible to weathering and may require periodic tightening or replacement to prevent leaks.

  • Durability: While still durable, 5V systems may not offer the same level of protection against severe weather as seamless systems.

  • Energy Efficiency: Less likely to have reflective coatings compared to seamless systems, potentially leading to higher cooling costs.

Decisions, decisions:

  • Maximum Durability and Modern Aesthetics: Seamless metal roofing is the superior option, providing excellent weather resistance, low maintenance, and a sleek appearance. However, it comes at a higher initial cost and requires professional installation, making it ideal for those who prioritize long-term value and are willing to invest more upfront.

  • Cost-Effectiveness and Classic Appeal: 5V metal roofing is a great choice. It offers a traditional look at a lower cost, with easier and faster installation. This makes it suitable for budget-conscious projects or structures where a rustic appearance is desired. However, more maintenance and less customization are factors to consider. 

Both seamless and 5V metal roofing systems have their unique advantages and considerations. When deciding between the two, consider factors such as budget, the structure’s aesthetic style, regional weather conditions, and long-term maintenance expectations. 


Based in Central Florida and founded in 2020, 3MG Solutions, LLC is one of the fastest-growing residential roofer and commercial roofing companies in the country. At 3MG, our goal is to build trusted long-term relationships with our community, customers, suppliers, and corporate partnerships. We believe this positions us as the best roofer and one of the dominant roofing companies in the country. Visit us at OR call (407) 492-5256.


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