Blog

Word of the Week: What is Non-Penetrating Rooftop Mounting?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 6, 2019 9:16:26 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.

Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, Brackets, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, snow rails, snow stopper, snow clips, snow fence, snow bar, exposed fastener, thermal movement, roof panels, solar PV, rooftop avalanche, rooftop mounting, cup point setscrews, corrosion, rooftop equipment, maintain warranties, maintain roof warranty, non-penetrating, round point setscrews, thermal cycling, weather proofing, rooftop utilities, violated warranties, dimple, mechanical compression, load tested, holding strength, in-service load, non-corrosive, aluminum, stainless steel

Word of the Week: What is a Rooftop Avalanche? [video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 30, 2019 11:17:24 AM

It is a sudden release of snow off a rooftop. Falling snow forms a temperature-sensitive bond to the surface of a metal roof. As that roof is warmed, (through sun or building heat loss), the bond with the snow is broken and a thin film of melt water lubricates the roof. This sudden release from a rooftop can dump many tons of snow below the eaves in a matter of seconds, endangering building elements, landscape, vehicles and pedestrians.

Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing, from the Metal Construction Association discusses the rooftop avalanche in the following terms:

Metal roofs provide durable, long-term solutions and have been preferred by many for use in challenging northern and alpine climates where snow and its migration on and from the rooftop is a normal occurrence. Such climates can pose unique challenges for any roof. Pitched roofs of a material that has a slippery surface can pose sliding snow and ice hazards below eaves. In many instances, snow retention systems are installed on these roof types in order to reduce the risk of sudden rooftop avalanche and mitigate the hazards present in the discharge areas below the eaves.

Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, Brackets, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, snow rails, snow stopper, snow clips, snow fence, snow bar, exposed fastener, thermal movement, roof panels, rooftop avalanche

Get that Project Off the Ground: Why Use S-5!’s Snow Guard Calculator?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 5, 2018 3:51:53 PM
This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. Step 1 covers exactly why it is imperative to engineer your snow guard system and to utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Below, we'll walk you through exactly the calculator's purpose. Then in Step 2, we'll explain exactly how to logon and get started!

Your roof has been developing a perfectly rounded overhang of migrating snow right over your door. It glistens beautifully in the sun and seems to defy gravity as it gets bigger and bigger. But all you can think of is when it is going to fall. That is a smart premonition; because it will at some point. Snow avalanches can be unpredictable and catastrophic events. And the snow will fall wherever and whenever it wants to – on you, a loved one, your car or sidewalk.

Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, snow rails, snow stopper, snow clips, snow fence, snow bar

What’s on Your Metal Roof? Components of a Snow Guard System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 26, 2018 1:06:13 PM

This is Part Two of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

Recap of How Snow Retention Works

In Part 1 of What’s on Your Roof? we discussed how, unfortunately, there aren’t any snow guard police out there patrolling the industry. This creates a two-fold problem: One, that you can’t count on there being building inspectors to check a go-to-market system for structural adequacy; and two, architects and installers of these systems can potentially be sued for personal and property damage from faulty snow retention systems they specify or install.

But the light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of the recently published Qualifying Snow Retention Systems by the MCA (Metal Construction Association). This technical guide bridges the gap between the free-for-all snow guard market and building owners, installers, and architects, who demand knowledge, strength, and a well-engineered system. So, what exactly constitutes a well-engineered system?

Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof

There Aren't Any Snow Guard Police: What's On Your Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 6, 2018 2:13:43 PM

This is part one of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

There is a new (and much needed) document recently published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA): Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing. This new industry consensus document is perhaps the most valuable tool in your toolbox if you are involved with any aspect of snow guards for any metal roof application.

In places where it frequently snows a lot and even in places where it doesn’t, metal is a favored material in protecting a house or other structure. On the surface, snow might appear to be rather innocuous, as it gently falls from the sky like the ending scene in the movie, White Christmas. But what the movie doesn’t show, is all through the night and much of the morning (if not longer) the light fluffy stuff piles deeper and deeper on top of the roof, incrementally increasing its own weight. Then, when the sun comes out, an avalanche of snow tumbles down onto unsuspecting persons, vehicles and landscapes below. 

Read More

Tags: Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof

Roof Clamps Comparison: Did you know the S-5-V & S-5-H90 clamps are less expensive than the S-5-U Clamp?

Posted by David Stahler on Aug 17, 2018 2:38:58 PM
Well, you’re a loyal S-5! user and as most prudent consumers, contractors, or installers; you are looking to save money without sacrificing quality, tested performance, and ease of installation. Today, we will address questions related to the use of the S-5-V or S-5-V Mini and S-5-H90 or S-5-H90 Mini over the use of the S-5-U or S-5-U Mini clamps.
Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, metal roofs, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, metal roofing, metal roof clips

Why is the All New PVKIT™ 2.0 The Right Way™?

Posted by Nik Holley on Aug 3, 2018 10:52:05 AM
 

As the industry leader in metal roof attachments and moreover, the attachment of solar PV modules to metal roofs, S-5! understands the importance of providing the best customer experience from a product and customer relation standpoint. From the invention of the first non-penetrating standing seam clamp to the first direct attach PV method, S-5! has led this industry category for over 25 years.

Read More

Tags: Solar, Roof Clamps, pv modules, metal roof clamps, FAQ, solar mounting, metal roofing

4 Ways to Find the Right Clamp for Your Standing Seam Metal Roof

Posted by David Stahler on Jul 12, 2018 5:03:30 PM

In my eight plus years with S-5! the most common question we are asked is, “Which S-5! clamp do I use on my metal roof?” We will explore the tools available to choose the best clamp along with the various options and other variables to consider, such as what type of roof you are attaching to and what you are attaching to it: solar, snow retention, or some other rooftop utility.
Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, plastic snow guards, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops

What is a “Factor of Safety” for Snow Guards?

Posted by Rob Haddock on Jun 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Recently, we had a contractor using our on-line snow retention calculator ask this question.  He had done a number of planning calculations to customize applications of our ColorGard® system for a particular project, and noticed the field for “Safety Factor” on our load information table and also the calculator. What is this?  And what does it do? He wanted to know.

Read More

Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, metal roofs, snow retention, FAQ, metal roof snow stops

   

Subscribe to Email Updates

S-5!: Industry-Best Warranty

 

Why do industry experts endorse S-5!? Because they know our rigorously researched, tested and quality engineered products deliver unprecedented value and innovative excellence. And all of our USA-made clamps and brackets are backed by an industry-leading 25-year manufacturer warranty.