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Butyl Sealant: What Is It and Why Do We Use It? Blog Feature

Butyl Sealant: What Is It and Why Do We Use It?

Posted by Ali Turner on Jun 25, 2024 8:24:11 AM

What is Butyl Sealant?

If you’re in the metal roofing industry, chances are you've come across this versatile material. If you’re new to the world of metal roofing, then maybe you are seeing the word ‘butyl’ for the first time. Either way, let's dive into the world of butyl and uncover what it is and why it matters.

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

Reduce Your Racking Cost Blog Feature

Reduce Your Racking Cost

Posted by Ali Turner on Oct 30, 2023 1:46:18 PM

The total cost of installing a photovoltaic (PV) system on a roof is a combination of many different expenses. These costs include the system design and engineering, solar panels, inverter, monitoring equipment, logistics costs, mounting hardware and labor. Other expenses, such as permits and inspections, will add to the overall cost.

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

The Best Way to Mount a Starlink Satellite Dish to Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

The Best Way to Mount a Starlink Satellite Dish to Your Metal Roof

Posted by Rob Haddock on Apr 11, 2023 4:15:30 PM

The Starlink satellite dish provides high-speed internet connection for rural areas, making it extremely popular among both residential and commercial customers. Installing Starlink is an easy do-it-yourself job, but the kits provided do not include mounting hardware. You’ll need to purchase hardware separately that will not harm your metal roof or jeopardize its weather integrity. 

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, metal roof brackets, exposed fastened, installation, weather-proofing, starlink

Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars? Blog Feature

Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Apr 6, 2022 2:42:56 PM

Every year, accumulated snow unexpectedly slides off metal roofs, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, personal injury and even death. But the truth is these calamities can be prevented by a tested, proven and engineered snow retention system.

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

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

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 Blog Feature

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which is the Best Solar Mounting Platform

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

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