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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

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

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

When Should You Use EPDM and Butyl Sealants? Blog Feature

When Should You Use EPDM and Butyl Sealants?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jun 9, 2021 1:21:06 PM

Part Two -

Welcome to part two of our three-part series on 3 Tips for Mounting Anything to Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof. Our goal is to help you preserve your metal roof’s service life as you attach solar panels, snow guards, HVAC equipment or other accessories.

We hope you gained some new insights from our first blog in this series on the importance of materials compatibility.

In the near future, we’ll round out these valuable tips with an explanation of how load testing the brackets of your rooftop-mounted ancillaries is key to protecting your exposed-fastened (EF) metal roof.

Today, we are taking a deep dive into another vital topic to preserve your roof’s integrity: the world of proper sealants.

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

3 Tips for Mounting Anything to Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof Blog Feature

3 Tips for Mounting Anything to Your Exposed-Fastened Metal Roof

Posted by Kelli Fields on May 26, 2021 10:13:54 AM

Part One -

Are you mounting solar panels, snow guards, HVAC equipment or other accessories to your exposed-fastened (EF) metal roof?

If so, we’ve put together a three-part series on our top tips for successful installation to preserve your roof’s service life.

 

Over the course of the next three blog installments, we’ll cover:

  • The importance of materials’ compatibility between the mounting attachments and your metal roof.
  • The right time and place for you to use EPDM and butyl sealants.
  • Why load testing is key to protecting your metal roof.
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Tags: metal roof, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, installation, sealants, weather-proofing

Should I Use Micro Rails to Install Solar on Exposed-Fasten Metal Roofs?

Posted by Jesse Winternitz on Mar 9, 2020 2:15:51 PM

Micro rails are a relatively common way of attaching a solar array to exposed-fastened metal roofs. This method uses small rail sections in specific areas as needed along the roof – reducing the total length of rails. They have benefits which make them desirable to contractors and installers alike. They provide material and shipping cost savings to the customer when compared to rail systems. In addition, they are small, which allows them to be handled easily onto roofs. They are forgiving with spacing allowing for minimal or customizable walk spaces. Additionally, micro rails can be installed with just a couple of fasteners - potentially cutting installation times compared to rails.

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Tags: solar mounting, PV, exposed fastened

Will Snow Guards Damage My Metal Roof?

Posted by Shawn deAngelo on Jan 6, 2020 9:13:50 AM

Massive snow accumulation on a roof creates the potential for an unpredictable avalanche-like effect. Metal is a great choice for your rooftop. It has a long life expectancy and can stand up to the harshest conditions. It does have a low coefficient of friction though–meaning things (including snow) don’t stick to it very well. But the notion that snow is intended to slide off a metal roof is misguided and can be dangerous.  

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastened

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

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”.

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Tags: exposed fastened

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