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How Much Does it Cost to Mount 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?

Time and money are at the heart of every project. They are the first and last things you think of. No one wants to complete a project only to later discover you overpaid. Solar module mounting on metal roofs can vary depending on your chosen method. So, where do you start your decision process?

You already know that metal roofs are extremely versatile mounting platforms. They outlast PV systems and are actually easier to mount to than any other roof type. But did you know that depending on the mounting method chosen, mounting costs can vary by as much as 50%?

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Tags: pv modules, metal roofs, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted, rail less, direct-attach, rails, racking, solar panel mount, solar panels metal roof, solar panel installation cost, solar panel mounting, cost of mounting solar, solar panel labor cost, labor cost solar modules, solar racking 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 roofs, roof panels, corrosion, aluminum, durability, metal panel, rust, gavalume, galvanized

Northern Ontario Winters are No Match for S-5!® ColorGard®

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

This S-5! story came from Guido Morandin of Work Monster, Inc. in Canada. The Work Monster project features S-5! VersaBracket™ and ColorGard®. 

According to Mr. Morandin, massive sheet metal snow guard failure is common in Northern Ontario. After tiring of “supplying customers with improper ice guard systems,” he discovered S-5!®

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Tags: Snow Guards, Snow stops, snow retention, metal roof snow stops, snow stopper, snow clips, exposed fastener, rooftop avalanche, aluminum, installing snow guards, butyl sealant, exposed fastened

Celebrate 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: Solar, Snow Guards, snow retention, metal roofing, manufacturing, quality control, interview, fall protection, innovation, research

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: PV array, solar PV, trapezoidal, rust, exposed fastened, gavalume, Swarf, galvanized

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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Tags: corrosion, weathered, corten, rust, alloy

What is a Trapezoidal Rib Roof Profile?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 29, 2019 12:03:47 PM

A trapezoidal roof profile has a ribbed trapezoidal-shape pattern across the panel. This means, it is a quadrilateral (or a four-sided shape – see Figure 1) that has just a single pair of parallel sides. Sometimes, trapezoidal roofs are mistakenly referred to as corrugated. This is a misnomer as the corrugated profile has a repeating wavy pattern across its surface.Trapezoidal rib roofs are popular with producers because the shape makes them very material-efficient (a high strength-to weight ratio). This makes for a very cost-effective profile. The shadows of the trapezoidal shapes offer clean lines whether installed vertically, diagonally, or horizontally. They also possess good structural characteristics and can carry design loads well (e.g. for snow and wind uplift). However, it is not considered as premium a profile as standing seam due to its attachment method.

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Tags: Brackets, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, rooftop mounting, round point setscrews, trapezoidal, cost-effective

PART 3: The Quality Buck Stops at S-5! Manufacturing

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 17, 2019 9:17:45 AM

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on S-5! Manufacturing. Part One featured the fortuitous meeting of Rob Haddock and Harry Carner, their partnership, and how they built their well-oiled manufacturing machine. Concerned about lack of control and a desire to always improve “the right way” to do things, these two men joined forces.

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Tags: Solar, manufacturing, S-5! Manufacturing, S-5-M, clamps, quality control, QC

S-5!® Featured Product at IRE 2019 - S-5-N Clamp

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2019 2:20:34 PM

 

In our booth at IRE Nashville this year, we showcased our usual innovative selection of clamps and brackets. But we also featured a new product: the new and improved S-5-N clamp is an innovative attachment solution that cures your nail strip profile seating issues.

The clamp features an insert to facilitate installation and fit. it also fits seam profiles having a base of rib dimension < .82". 

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Tags: pv modules, snow retention, solar mounting, metal roofing, exposed fastener, PV technology, PV, maintain roof warranty, non-penetrating, round point setscrews, weather proofing, rooftop utilities, non-corrosive, stainless steel

What are the Parts of a Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 4, 2019 11:18:59 AM

WORD OF THE WEEK: Dormer

PRONUNCIATION: \ ˈdȯr-mər

PART OF SPEECH: NOUN

SENTENCE: // A dormer is a structural projection from the main roof. It is usually gabled and typically has a window. The word dormer refers to the whole projection, not just the window. 

When referring specifically to the window itself, it would be called a “dormer window”. It comes from the Latin word dormitorium, which means “sleeping room”.

But what about everything else that makes up a metal roof? From flashing, ridges, to valleys and eaves. Where are all these on a roof and what is their purpose? Read on as we deconstruct the rest of the metal roof.

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Tags: metal roofs, metal roofing, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, roof panels, corrugated, metal panel, trapezoidal, sandwich panel

   

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