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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

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

What is a Corrugated Metal Roofing Panel?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 28, 2019 11:21:47 AM

A corrugated panel has a repeating wavy or rippled pattern across its design. It was the first mass-produced metal panel design in the United States. These panels can be used for roofing, siding, decking, and flooring. Corrugated panels are connected by overlapping the sheets, and then securing them in place with exposed fasteners. Trapezoidal rib panels are often mistakenly referred to as corrugated roofing.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened

Top 5 Reasons for Installing Snow Guards on Your Metal Roof

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 25, 2019 2:17:15 PM

Have you been carefully (or not so carefully) monitoring that gravity-defying overhang of migrating snow that sits atop your roof? Glistening beautifully in the sun, it has stayed up there for days; it will surely stay up a bit longer, right? Sorry, no guarantee. Avalanches are unpredictable and catastrophic events. The snow will fall wherever and whenever it wants to – on you, a loved one, your car or sidewalk.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof clamps, installation

What is UL Listed?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 21, 2019 8:33:31 AM

UL, an abbreviation for Underwriters Laboratories, is a testing and approving organization. Founded in 1894, UL performs safety testing on numerous electrical, mechanical, and chemical consumer and commercial products. Its roots began in electrical and fire safety, but UL now serves other industries and tests hazardous substances, water quality, food safety, and more.

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Tags: metal roof clamps, solar mounting, PV

Visit S-5! at IRE

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 11, 2019 11:57:08 AM

It’s time! IRE – the International Roofing Expo has started in Nashville, TN. It officially runs February 11-13 in Music City Center. The exhibit hall in the Center is located in downtown Nashville – incredible roofing products and within walking distance to restaurants and local music venues. What could be better?

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment

How Do Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 23, 2019 10:22:15 AM

Photovoltaics (PV) is the process of converting light into electricity. PV technology converts sunlight (otherwise known as solar radiation) into direct current electricity. This process uses semiconductors, (the most common semiconductor material being crystalline silicon), so when the sun hits the PV, the electrons are released and form an electric current.

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

What is a Snow Guard?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 16, 2019 11:47:54 AM

Snow retention helps preserve your metal roof and allows snow drifts and snow melt to exit the roof in a more controlled manner (i.e. in small amounts, evaporation or melt water), avoiding the potential calamity of the rooftop avalanche.

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof clamps

What is the Difference Between Standing Seam and Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 19, 2018 12:28:39 PM

A metal roof is a metal roof, right? WRONG. Standing seam and exposed fastener roofs may both be metal and may even serve similar purposes, but the two styles are very different indeed.

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

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