Guide to Butler Roofing Systems: Butlerib II, MR-24, and VSR II


Butler roofing systems have become synonymous with quality and reliability. In this guide, we’ll delve deep into three of the most popular Butler roofing systems: the Butlerib II, MR-24, and VSR II. We'll highlight their differences, and notable features, and suggest scenarios where each system might be most applicable. Let’s jump in!

Butlerib II: The Popular and Economical Choice

The Butlerib II is Butler Manufacturing's fundamental roofing solution. Integrating durability with affordability, it’s no wonder why this has been a mainstay in Butler’s line for over 50 years.


Notable Features:


  • Wide Range of Colors: With a variety of available colors, users can choose a hue that complements their building's design.
  • Ribbed Profile: More than just looks, the Butlerib II ribbed profile is unique in that at a full 1 and 1/2” it has the deepest ribs on the market, giving it its distinct appearance and added structural strength.
  • Interlocking Side Laps: This design ensures a weather-tight seal, preventing leakages and improving overall protection against harsh environmental conditions.

Best Applicable For:

  • A budget-conscious buyer who still requires premium quality
  • Those looking to achieve a specific aesthetic appeal with their roof's color.
  • Regions prone to challenging weather, where a tight seal is essential to prevent leaks and water damage.

Common Building types:

  • Self Storage buildings
  • Garages
  • Industrial buildings

MR-24: The Gold Standard

The MR-24 stands as the industry's premier standing seam roof system. Its design promises longevity and superior weathertightness, making it a top choice among architects and builders.


Notable Features:

  • 360-Degree Pittsburgh Double-Lock Seam: A unique feature, this seam ensures a solid connection between panels, significantly reducing the chances of leakages. Speaking to its effectiveness, this is the same seam found on the rim of soda cans. 
  • Factory-Punched Panels: The MR-24's panels are factory-punched for precise alignment.
  • Moveable Clip System: As temperatures change, the roof can expand and contract. The MR-24's moveable clip system allows for this movement, reducing stress on the roof and increasing its longevity.
  • Strength Tested: The MR-24 has been tested to withstand up to 200 mph winds

Best Applicable For:

  • Industrial facilities that need a robust roofing system to protect against environmental challenges.
  • Buildings in regions with considerable temperature fluctuations.
  • Those who are ok with investing more up front for a blend of durability and low maintenance in their roofing solution.

Common Building types:

  • Warehouses
  • Supermarkets
  • Warehouses
  • Retail stores

VSR II: Aesthetics + Performance

Butler's VSR II roof system marries sleek aesthetics with robust performance. Ideal for those seeking both beauty and strength in a roofing solution, it sets the benchmark in contemporary roofing.


Notable Features:

  • Architectural Standing Seam Design: The VSR II boasts a visually appealing design which adds a touch of elegance to the building's aesthetics.
  • Hidden Fasteners: This feature not only contributes to the system's sleek appearance but also reduces the chances of leaks because there are fewer puncture points.
  • Factory-Punched Panels: These ensure precise alignment, enhancing both the roof's durability and its appearance.

Best Applicable For:

  • Structures where aesthetics play a significant role.
  • Facilities in areas that demand a seamless and leak-proof design due to frequent rain or snow.
  • Buildings that prioritize long-term value, as the hidden fasteners extend the roof's lifespan by minimizing wear and tear.

Common Building types:

  • Schools
  • Showrooms
  • Commercial spaces
  • Medical complexes
  • Facilities that want a modern aesthetic

Still not sure which is right for you? Reach out!

Choosing a roofing system is no small decision, as it's a choice that will impact the building's performance and look for years to come. The Butlerib II, VSR II, and MR-24 systems from Butler offer a range of solutions for various needs. If you have questions regarding a Butler roofing decision, reach out to us here at Not only are we the go-to source for genuine Butler building parts, we are Butler builders ourselves, and we’re happy to help with any questions.


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