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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

5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting Blog Feature

5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 21, 2021 11:48:21 AM

When it comes to attaching solar modules to metal rooftops, traditional rails have been a conventional choice. But familiar concepts don’t necessarily deliver the best outcomes, and the advantages of rail-less solutions are moving the industry in a new direction.

Decades ago – when interest in mounting solar PV on rooftops began – the introduction of using continuous aluminum rails as a solar racking system to mount PV modules in place was a practical application for all roof types. Eventually, innovation opened new doors and rail-less solutions were developed specifically for metal roofing. Using discrete hardware to directly secure each module to a metal roof, the new strategy completely bypassed the need for rails and brought some clear improvements.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, cost, installation

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof? Blog Feature

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 7, 2021 1:30:38 PM

If you’re thinking of putting solar PV on your metal roof to generate renewable energy and save money over time, you’ve made a great choice. Metal roofs are an ideal platform for mounting solar modules thanks to their long service life and durability. Solar arrays have a service life of 35+ years, and metal roofing has a demonstrated service life of 60 years. Aside from metal, there are no other roof types that measure up to that without requiring replacement. Both standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roofs support solar arrays very effectively.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, cost, installation

How Does Load Testing Protect Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof? Blog Feature

How Does Load Testing Protect Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jun 23, 2021 11:35:59 AM

Part Three -

Your exposed-fastened (EF) metal roof offers a great opportunity to mount solar panels, snow guards, HVAC equipment or other accessories. But you need to protect your roof’s service life and the performance of whatever you’re installing. To help you make the best decisions upfront, we’ve created a series on 3 Tips for Mounting Anything to Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, installation, weather-proofing

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