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5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting Blog Feature

5 Reasons Rail-less Is the Future of Metal Rooftop Solar Mounting

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 21, 2021 11:48:21 AM

When it comes to attaching solar modules to metal rooftops, traditional rails have been a conventional choice. But familiar concepts don’t necessarily deliver the best outcomes, and the advantages of rail-less solutions are moving the industry in a new direction.

Decades ago – when interest in mounting solar PV on rooftops began – the introduction of using continuous aluminum rails as a solar racking system to mount PV modules in place was a practical application for all roof types. Eventually, innovation opened new doors and rail-less solutions were developed specifically for metal roofing. Using discrete hardware to directly secure each module to a metal roof, the new strategy completely bypassed the need for rails and brought some clear improvements.

Today, we’re breaking down the top rail-less benefits leading to a growth in popularity and positioning rail-less to be the new metal rooftop solar mounting standard for the future.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, 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.

In earlier posts of this three-part series, we covered:

PART ONE

PART TWO

Our final tip discusses the importance of load testing the brackets you use to secure your rooftop-mounted ancillaries. Let’s take a look at why testing is vitally important.

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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

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.

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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. Missed out webinar? We offer our courses on demand! Visit our Training Center to register and to learn more about our other online course offerings.

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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. 

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

5 Things to Consider When Wanting a Low-Cost Solar Module Mounting System

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:  

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

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