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Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars? Blog Feature

Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Apr 6, 2022 2:42:56 PM

Every year, accumulated snow unexpectedly slides off metal roofs, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, personal injury and even death. But the truth is these calamities can be prevented by a tested, proven and engineered snow retention system.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, sealants, weather-proofing

How to Get Your Roof Ready for Santa and His Reindeer Blog Feature

How to Get Your Roof Ready for Santa and His Reindeer

Posted by Kelli Fields on Dec 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Christmas is just around the corner, and Santa will be making his rounds in mere days. People often think about baking cookies to set out for the Jolly Old Elf or cleaning soot out the chimney’s hearth to give him a clear pathway to the tree. But your rooftop is really the most important spot because this is where Santa’s sleigh will touch down. The big question is: Is your roof ready?

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, PV

How to Prevent Snow From Falling Off a Metal Roof Over the Snow Guards Blog Feature

How to Prevent Snow From Falling Off a Metal Roof Over the Snow Guards

Posted by Kelli Fields on Dec 2, 2021 10:43:58 AM

When most people think of snow releasing from a metal rooftop, a cascade of falling snow generally comes to mind. But there are other ways snow can slide off your roof – even when you have a snow guard system in place. Under certain conditions, a thin blanket of snow can “buckle,” pushing a “loop” upwards and causing snow to fold over the top of a snow guard and shed from your metal roof.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof

Why Should I Install Snow Stops on My Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof? Blog Feature

Why Should I Install Snow Stops on My Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof?

Posted by Rob Haddock on Nov 12, 2021 8:23:43 AM

In September, we asked for your questions on exposed-fastened (EF) roofing. Thank you for your responses! We collected them and thought we’d answer one of your questions today. A reader asked us why it made sense to install snow stops on an EF metal roof. If your building is in a snowy climate, installing a continuous snow fence, or discontinuous snow stops or snow guards is essential. For your system to be effective, however, the installation must be well-designed and by calculation – not by “guess and by golly.” There are common misconceptions around snow and metal roofing. So, today we’ll cover why a qualified snow retention system properly engineered for your specific installation is important to EF roofing in heavy-snow regions.

 

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof brackets, exposed fastened, cost, installation, weather-proofing

How to Protect Your Solar Panels and Your Roof in Snowy Weather Blog Feature

How to Protect Your Solar Panels and Your Roof in Snowy Weather

Posted by Kelli Fields on Oct 21, 2021 7:57:51 AM

Metal roofing and solar (photovoltaic) PV panels are a winning combination: metal’s strength and durability make it the only type of roofing material able to outlast the 30+ year lifespan of solar PV arrays. Solar modules can produce energy all year long – even in regions with heavy snowfall. But when you’re attaching PV panels to a roof in snow country, be aware snow loads will have an impact on your solar array’s design. Today, we’ll look at important considerations to help your finished PV installation withstand the forces of nature.

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Tags: snow guards, solar mounting, PV, installation

What Are Your Questions on Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofing? Blog Feature

What Are Your Questions on Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofing?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 30, 2021 7:30:42 AM

Calling all installers, contractors and DIYers!

Exposed-fastened (EF) roofing covers a lot of territory – from agricultural and industrial buildings to commercial and residential properties. Sometimes called through-fastened, screw-fastened and face-fastened, EF roofing is a popular choice thanks to its reasonable price and long lifespan.

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Tags: solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, installation, sealants, weather-proofing

Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer Blog Feature

Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 16, 2021 10:30:09 AM

One of the most important aspects of any solar PV installation on a metal roof is wire management, but even seasoned professionals can find this task confusing. There’s a myriad of things to track. You need to position the conductors so they correctly connect as modules are installed, keep all wires off the roof, deliver jumpers to the homerun and down to the inverter, and stay organized. If you have a large-scale job, this process becomes increasingly complex.

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, exposed fastened, installation

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 1, 2021 11:51:32 AM

Are you new to installing solar PV modules on a metal roof? We’ve heard from many of you who’d like a better grasp on the fundamentals of solar PV installation – especially when setting the stage for proper wire management. So today we’re offering you a primer on:

  • The components of a PV array and how they work together.
  • An overview of Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE).
  • The steps to get ready for solar PV wire-management design.
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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, cost

How Do You Design a Reliable Snow Guard System for Your Metal Roof? Blog Feature

How Do You Design a Reliable Snow Guard System for Your Metal Roof?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Aug 19, 2021 10:30:26 AM

If you’ve wondered about the best way to install snow guards, you’re in good company. Last week at the 2021 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Las Vegas, many people dropped by our exhibition booth to see our products firsthand, meet the S-5! team and get the answers they needed. We thought we’d take a moment to cover how best to design a reliable snow guard system – especially since there are no established codes to guide you.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, rooftop equipment

Design and Optimize the Solar PV Layout (Solar Zone) on Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

Design and Optimize the Solar PV Layout (Solar Zone) on Your Metal Roof

Posted by Kelli Fields on Aug 5, 2021 9:57:36 AM

Ready to put a solar PV array on your roof? With solar installations becoming increasingly popular, many building owners, DIYers and new-to-solar contractors are learning about this field. If you’re jumping into the world of solar installations, we’ve pulled together some ideas and important considerations to get you started on the right foot.

We know solar installations often occur when you’re undertaking new roof construction or roof replacements. But before you begin your project, if you don’t have a metal roof, now’s the time to consider getting one. It’s the only roof type able to last and even exceed the entire life of your solar array without the need for replacement. To mount a solar PV system on any other roof type is a bit like putting a Ferrari engine on a Ford Escort chassis.

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Tags: metal roof, PV, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, cost, installation

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