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Get that Project Off the Ground: Why Use S-5!’s Snow Guard Calculator?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 5, 2018 3:51:53 PM
This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. Step 1 covers exactly why it is imperative to engineer your snow guard system and to utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Below, we'll walk you through exactly the calculator's purpose. Then in Step 2, we'll explain exactly how to logon and get started!

Your roof has been developing a perfectly rounded overhang of migrating snow right over your door. It glistens beautifully in the sun and seems to defy gravity as it gets bigger and bigger. But all you can think of is when it is going to fall. That is a smart premonition; because it will at some point. Snow avalanches can be unpredictable and catastrophic events. And the snow will fall wherever and whenever it wants to – on you, a loved one, your car or sidewalk.

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What’s on Your Metal Roof? Components of a Snow Guard System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 26, 2018 1:06:13 PM

This is Part Two of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

Recap of How Snow Retention Works

In Part 1 of What’s on Your Roof? we discussed how, unfortunately, there aren’t any snow guard police out there patrolling the industry. This creates a two-fold problem: One, that you can’t count on there being building inspectors to check a go-to-market system for structural adequacy; and two, architects and installers of these systems can potentially be sued for personal and property damage from faulty snow retention systems they specify or install.

But the light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of the recently published Qualifying Snow Retention Systems by the MCA (Metal Construction Association). This technical guide bridges the gap between the free-for-all snow guard market and building owners, installers, and architects, who demand knowledge, strength, and a well-engineered system. So, what exactly constitutes a well-engineered system?

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Tags: standing seam metal roof, metal roof clips, metal roofing, metal roof snow stops, FAQ, S5 clamps, snow retention, metal roofs, plastic snow guards, sliding snow, Snow stops, Snow Guards, Roof Clamps

There Aren't Any Snow Guard Police: What's On Your Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 6, 2018 2:13:43 PM

This is part one of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

There is a new (and much needed) document recently published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA): Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing. This new industry consensus document is perhaps the most valuable tool in your toolbox if you are involved with any aspect of snow guards for any metal roof application.

In places where it frequently snows a lot and even in places where it doesn’t, metal is a favored material in protecting a house or other structure. On the surface, snow might appear to be rather innocuous, as it gently falls from the sky like the ending scene in the movie, White Christmas. But what the movie doesn’t show, is all through the night and much of the morning (if not longer) the light fluffy stuff piles deeper and deeper on top of the roof, incrementally increasing its own weight. Then, when the sun comes out, an avalanche of snow tumbles down onto unsuspecting persons, vehicles and landscapes below. 

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Tags: metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, snow retention, Snow Guards, Snow stops, FAQ, metal roofs, standing seam metal roof, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roof clamps, S5 clamps, metal roof clips

Roof Clamps Comparison: Did you know the S-5-V & S-5-H90 clamps are less expensive than the S-5-U Clamp?

Posted by David Stahler on Aug 17, 2018 2:38:58 PM
Well, you’re a loyal S-5! user and as most prudent consumers, contractors, or installers; you are looking to save money without sacrificing quality, tested performance, and ease of installation. Today, we will address questions related to the use of the S-5-V or S-5-V Mini and S-5-H90 or S-5-H90 Mini over the use of the S-5-U or S-5-U Mini clamps.
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Tags: metal roofing, FAQ, S5 clamps, metal roofs, metal roof clamps, Roof Clamps, metal roof clips

Why is the all new PV Kit 2.0 The Right Way™?

Posted by Nik Holley on Aug 3, 2018 10:52:05 AM
 

As the industry leader in metal roof attachments and moreover, the attachment of solar PV modules to metal roofs, S-5! understands the importance of providing the best customer experience from a product and customer relation standpoint. From the invention of the first non-penetrating standing seam clamp to the first direct attach PV method, S-5! has led this industry category for over 25 years.

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Tags: metal roofing, solar mounting, metal roof clamps, pv modules, Solar, Roof Clamps, FAQ

What clamp will fit my standing seam metal roof?

Posted by David Stahler on Jul 12, 2018 5:03:30 PM

In my eight plus years with S-5! the most common question we are asked is, “Which S-5! clamp do I use on my metal roof?” We will explore the tools available to choose the best clamp along with the various options and other variables to consider, such as what type of roof you are attaching to and what you are attaching to it: solar, snow retention, or some other rooftop utility.
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Tags: metal roof snow stops, snow retention, Snow stops, Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, plastic snow guards, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ

What is a “Factor of Safety” for snow guards?

Posted by Rob Haddock on Jun 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Recently, we had a contractor using our on-line snow retention calculator ask this question.  He had done a number of planning calculations to customize applications of our ColorGard® system for a particular project, and noticed the field for “Safety Factor” on our load information table and also the calculator. What is this?  And what does it do? He wanted to know.

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Tags: snow retention, Snow stops, metal roof snow stops, Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, FAQ, metal roofs, sliding snow

Best practices: solar panels and exposed fastened metal roofs- the art and science

Posted by Rob Haddock on Mar 8, 2018 1:48:02 PM
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Tags: Solar, pv modules, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, solar mounting

   

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