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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People frequently ask us, “How important is fall protection?” Many contractors and installers have spent so much time on top of metal roofs, they’re confident they can easily navigate the terrain. But accidents may happen. In addition to protecting yourself and your workers, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) established requirements professionals must follow.
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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.
Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, sealants, weather-proofing
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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Calling all installers, contractors and DIYers!
Exposed-fastened (EF) roofing covers a lot of territory – from agricultural and industrial buildings to commercial and residential properties. Sometimes called through-fastened, screw-fastened and face-fastened, EF roofing is a popular choice thanks to its reasonable price and long lifespan.
Tags: solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, installation, sealants, weather-proofing
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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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.
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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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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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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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