Roofing 101 Types Of Standing Seam Metal Clips

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Owning a building is a long-term investment. Homeowners and business owners alike need their homes and facilities to be built to last, which is why many are choosing a metal roof versus a traditional asphalt shingle roof. Like any major construction project, building a metal roof requires the utmost care — from hiring reputable contractors to using the proper equipment.

In order to ensure the best possible result, quality materials must be used throughout each step of the process. This includes the use of standing seam metal clips, which are a crucial component to executing a secure and successful roof installation. Learn about the different types of standing seam metal roof clips, how they work, and how to select the right clips for your roof.

What are standing seam metal roof clips and how do they work?

Naturally, installing a metal roof is a much more complex process than a classic shingle roof. Modern, metal roofing requires a range of materials to ensure it stays put and lasts through years of wear and tear. Standing seam metal roof clips are small, but mighty hardware essential for securing the metal panels, bearing plates and gutter hangars. To put it simply, metal roof clips are quite literally the glue that holds a standing seam roof together.

The overall quality and life expectancy of a metal roof is largely dependent on the clips and materials used.

They anchor metal plates, help to prevent metal on metal deterioration and can help you avoid costly roof leaks. Metal roof clips can also be referred to as “cleats.”

How to select the right clip for the job

Before you can find the right metal roof clips for your project, you first must consider the metal roofing type you will be working with. While each roofing type similarly uses high-grade steel and can be available in different sizes and colors, each style is slightly different. 

There are a few different metal roof types, including snap together trapezoidal panels, mechanically seamed trapezoidal panels, vertical legs with mechanical seams, and double seamed mechanical legs. Metal clips should be selected based on the size, shape and type of metal roofing.

What kinds of Metal Roof Clips are available?

Every roofing project is different, which is why ASMI offers a wide variety of clips and other tools that can fit virtually any roof panel — from snaplock to mechanically seamed.

Bermuda Clips

Bermuda clips are used to install bermuda panels, which can be installed to create a horizontal, smooth look. They offer several advantages beyond their basic functionality. In addition to securely fastening Bermuda panels to the roof structure, these clips play a crucial role in preventing corrosion and wind damage. 

The design of Bermuda clips ensures that they remain concealed after installation, providing a sleek and seamless appearance to the roof. By keeping the panels firmly in place, Bermuda clips minimize the risk of wind uplift and movement, thus enhancing the overall durability and longevity of the metal roofing system.

Fixed Clips

A fixed clip attaches to the male leg of a roof panel, and is then installed to the roof deck to stay in place. They are suitable for snap lock roofs, as well as short length mechanically seamed roofs. Fixed clips serve as reliable attachments for metal roof panels, particularly in snap lock roofs and short-length mechanically seamed roofs.
However, it's important to note that fixed clips are not recommended for mechanically seamed systems with long panel runs. The fixed nature of these clips may restrict the natural thermal expansion and contraction of the metal panels over time, potentially leading to stress points and premature wear.

Expansion Clips

An expansion clip is used primarily in a mechanically seamed metal roof system, as it allows for thermal movement. It is installed to the deck of a home, and features a sliding metal piece that attaches to the roof panel prior to seaming. 

Expansion clips offer unique benefits in accommodating thermal movement within metal roofing systems. As temperatures fluctuate, metal panels expand and contract, exerting stress on the roof structure. Expansion clips are specifically designed to allow for this thermal movement, preventing buckling, warping, and other forms of damage.

Bearing Plates

Our snap-to-clip bearing plates are designed to fit our UL snaplock clips. This valuable hardware is meant to evenly distribute the weight of the structure. A bearing plate offers high quality performance at a reasonable price.

Gutter Hangars

The purpose of a gutter hangar is to attach and secure your building’s gutters to your roof system. ASMI gutter hangars are available in a few different finishes, including galvanized for strength and durability, and aluminum for corrosion resistance.

Read More: How to Attach Metal Roof Panels: The Step-by-Step Guide

Compatibility with Metal Roofing Systems:

It's essential to select the right type of clip based on the specific characteristics of the metal roofing system being installed. Different clips are designed to work with various types of metal roofing profiles, including snap-lock, mechanically seamed, and others. 

For example, snap-lock panels typically require fixed clips for secure attachment, while mechanically seamed systems may benefit from expansion clips to accommodate thermal movement. 

Additionally, the compatibility of clips with the thickness, profile, and dimensions of the metal panels should be carefully considered to ensure proper installation and optimal performance.

Guidance on Calculating the Number of Clips Needed:

Determining the appropriate number of clips for a metal roofing project is crucial for achieving structural integrity and stability. While the exact calculation may vary depending on factors such as roof size, panel length, and wind loads, a general rule of thumb is to space clips evenly along the length of each panel and at the recommended intervals specified by the manufacturer. 

Importance of Proper Clip Installation:

Proper installation of metal roof clips is paramount to ensure the long-term performance and reliability of the roofing system. Contractors and installers should pay close attention to spacing, alignment, and attachment of clips to avoid common installation mistakes. 

Incorrectly spaced or misaligned clips can compromise the structural integrity of the roof, leading to issues such as panel distortion, leakage, and premature failure. 

It's essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations for clip installation, including torque specifications and fastening techniques, to achieve optimal results. 

Why are metal roof clips important?

Using the best metal roof clips for your job is vital to guarantee the longevity and quality of your metal roof, and can save you both time and money. Not only do metal roof clips help to enhance the appearance of the structure, they also help to protect against the elements, as well as internal and external thermal damage. 

Thermal expansion and contraction can pose a threat to your roof system, but installing the proper clips can help accommodate this movement. Using metal roof clips can help to create a metal roof that can last up to 50 years.

Learn more about the essentials when it comes to metal roofing and become a pro.

You can trust ASMI to deliver customized pieces that meet your needs and specifications. Browse our selection of metal clips, available in Galvanized, 304 Stainless Steel, Galvalume and Aluminum. For a project quote on your next roof supply order and for more information, give us a call.