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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

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

The Legacy of Innovation of Rob Haddock in the Metal Roof Industry

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 11, 2019 3:08:38 PM

An Interview with Construction in Focus and Manufacturing in Focus Magazines - Rob Haddock recently sat down for an engaging interview to discuss the lasting impact S-5! Metal Roof Innovations has had on the industry. He walks the reader through the history of his company from wooden prototypes to the collection of over 50 U.S. and foreign patents the company holds.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment

What is a Trapezoidal Rib Roof Profile?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 29, 2019 12:03:47 PM

A trapezoidal roof profile has a ribbed trapezoidal-shape pattern across the panel. This means, it is a quadrilateral (or a four-sided shape – see Figure 1) that has just a single pair of parallel sides. Sometimes, trapezoidal roofs are mistakenly referred to as corrugated. This is a misnomer as the corrugated profile has a repeating wavy pattern across its surface.Trapezoidal rib roofs are popular with producers because the shape makes them very material-efficient (a high strength-to weight ratio). 

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Tags: metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof

What are the Parts of a Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 4, 2019 11:18:59 AM

What makes makes up a metal roof? There is flashing, ridges, valleys, eaves, and more. Where are all these on a roof and what is their purpose? Read on as we deconstruct the rest of the metal roof.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastened

Top Takeaways from Nashville IRE 2019

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Mar 26, 2019 10:03:08 AM

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) recently concluded in Nashville, TN. Now that the busy din of the show has subsided, it is a perfect chance to reflect on the show’s success. What did those who actually went think of the show? 

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Tags: metal roof brackets

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