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Kimberly Reichert

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Can You Mount to a Standing Seam Metal Roof Without Voiding the Warranty?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on May 8, 2020 10:40:43 AM

Non-penetrating rooftop mounting refers to the ability to mechanically attach a clamp to a standing seam roof by gripping the seam in such a way that there is no penetration to the panel material. The best method for standing seam clamp attachment is via round-point setscrews

Using cup-point setscrews is ill-advised as such a screw point cuts through the paint and protective coating of standing seam panels, causing corrosion and voiding warranties.

In the metal roofing construction industry, mounting ancillary items is often a convenient and necessary aspect of desired performance. Obviously, the best way to maintain the integrity of a metal roof is to allow it to function only as a roof. But various rooftop utilities such as, HVAC, piping, walkways, vents, satellite dishes, snow retention, solar arrays, signage, fall protection, lightning protection, etc. all serve critical purposes and must attach to the roof.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment, installation

Wire Management Best Practices Webinar: Tips for Proper PV Wire Installation

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2020 8:51:52 AM

Join S-5! this week for a NABCEP-approved course on wire management. On deck is Mark Gies, S-5!’s Northeast Sales Rep.

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Tags: metal roof, PV, rooftop equipment, webinar

S-5! Offers FREE Metal Roofing Webinars

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 13, 2020 3:26:16 PM

Whether you are an installer, contractor, architect, engineer, consultant or distributor, the diversity of our educational webinars offers multiple opportunities to expand your knowledge base. These FREE online courses offer practical application of all things mounted to metal roofs from solar and snow guards to utilities like HVAC, satellite communications, roof service walkways and, wind reinforcements. (To see the complete list of courses offered, click here).

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, webinar

How to Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof: 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 15, 2019 8:54:50 PM

Did you know that your roof already comes with free rails? You can mount PV directly to the roof panels themselves - using the “direct-attach” method. Whether you are dealing with standing seam or ribbed, face-fastened panels, these metal roofs have one thing in common: They all have built-in rails. (See image to the left: Standing seam metal roofs have rails (the seams) built right in ready for direct attachment of solar panels.)

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, installation

What Does it Cost to Install Solar Panels on My Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Sep 24, 2019 12:05:44 PM

When it comes to sharing solar array costs, companies often shy away and dance around the question. They usually focus on the customization angle – telling you that prices vary, and that this is what makes estimation difficult.

Now, of course costs vary, because no two projects are the same but whether you are an installer, contractor, or a homeowner, you share two common questions:  

How much is this going to cost me and how long is it going to take?

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, cost

Galvanized vs Galvalume®

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 31, 2019 3:42:51 PM

What is Galvanized Steel?


Carbon steel is inherently susceptible to corrosion, which means it must be protected by some other metallic coating that is less corrosive. Carbon steel sheet is called “galvanized” when coated with a thin layer of pure zinc.

This coating provides two types of corrosion protection for the steel: “barrier protection” (sealing the surface from air and water) and “sacrificial protection” or “galvanic” protection—especially at scratches and cut edges.

This is an electrolytic process whereby the base metal is protected, but at the expense of the coating. The zinc “sacrifices” itself to protect the underlying layer of steel. 

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Tags: metal roof

Northern Ontario Winters are No Match for S-5! Snow Guards

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 18, 2019 11:51:40 AM

The best test of our products is real-life application. This S-5! success story came from Guido Morandin of Work Monster, Inc. in Canada. The Work Monster project features two S-5! products: VersaBracket™ and ColorGard snow retention

Massive sheet metal snow guard failure is a common occurrence in Northern Ontario. After tiring of “supplying customers with improper ice guard systems,” he needed a real solution that would help mitigate this dangerous phenomenon. He discovered S-5!

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Tags: snow guards, exposed fastened

The Legacy of Innovation of Rob Haddock in the Metal Roof Industry

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 11, 2019 3:08:38 PM

- An Interview with Construction In Focus and Manufacturing In Focus Magazines 

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment

What is Swarf? [Video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jun 20, 2019 9:31:11 AM

Swarf are the shavings of metal debris produced during machining. These chips or filings can also be produced during woodworking, grinding and other manufacturing processes. Metal, wood, plastic and stone can all produce this debris which is often called “swarf”.

At S-5 Manufacturing, the small chips and shavings created during the cutting, milling or drilling of stainless steel, aluminum and brass parts could be called “swarf”, but we commonly call them “saw chips” or “turnings” and produce tons of them each month. In that case, they are automatically collected at their source by special equipment and recycled regularly. We recycle approximately 40 Cu. Yd. or 14,450 lb. of aluminum chips every month. That amounts to over 7 tons per month of “swarf”. There are additional shavings produced when machining our brass and stainless steel clamps and brackets, but that volume is much lower than the aluminum.

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Tags: exposed fastened

What is COR-TEN® (aka Corten, CorTen)?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on May 23, 2019 11:32:46 AM

COR-TEN® is a special steel alloy that has a weathered, rusty-orange look. The material, also referred to as corten or CorTen, was developed to eliminate the need for painting the metal. Cor-Ten forms a stable rust-like appearance after being exposed several years to weather.

U.S. Steel owns the trademark on Cor-Ten. This steel alloy is encouraged to rust – and form a dark brown oxidation. This rust forms a protective coating over the surface that slows further corrosion.

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