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What are the Best Snow Guards for Metal Roofs?

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.

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. 

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps

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.

The S-5-U and S-5-U Mini clamp are versatile clamps. This clamp is designed to fit vertically-oriented seams and many of the (larger) horizontally-oriented seams. Because of this versatility there is more labor, tooling and machining involved in the manufacture of the clamp. The S-5-U clamp is machined for an M8 bolt on both the top and the side of the clamp. And there are setscrew holes on both sides. So, while the clamp fits more metal roof profiles, it also costs more to produce. 

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps

Why is the All New PVKIT 2.0 the Right Way to Mount Solar PV?

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

The first direct-attach PVKIT was released almost a decade ago, disrupting the industry and providing a simple, cost-effective way to mount solar to both standing seam and exposed fastener metal roofing without using rails. This innovation drastically reduced the material needed to install solar. When you think about it, with a metal roof, the standing seam or the ribs of the roof are your rails.  

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Tags: metal roof clamps, solar mounting

How Can I Find the Right Clamp for My Standing Seam Metal Roof?

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

First you need to determine what type of metal roof you have. S-5! Provides various solutions for all metal types and profiles. One of the S-5! clamp products will be suited to your standing seam (concealed fastened) metal roof. So which standing seam roof profile do you have? Let’s take a look at how to make that determination. 

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

When is it Good to Use a Two-Pipe Snow Guard System?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Feb 16, 2018 3:37:58 PM

Is a Bigger Snow Guard Better?

There is a common perception that “more is better”, such as “two pipes are better than one” and “three are better than two”. Many believe that because a snow bank is very deep, it should have a taller snow guard system—with more cross-members.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, rooftop equipment

Why is it a Bad Idea to Put Snow Guards Over Doorways on a Metal Roof?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Often, we are asked to provide localized snow guards and systems (snow retention systems) over an entranceway or several of them rather than protecting the entire eave line of a standing seam metal roof. In limited cases this can be done, but extreme caution is advised.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps

Why Should You Know the Metal Roof Panel Profile, Gauge & Manufacturer When Installing Snow Guard Systems?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Sep 12, 2017 1:20:01 PM

Any snow retention system is a life-safety and property protection application. If the system were to fail, tons of snow could suddenly be released onto anything below, threatening personal safety and property. For this reason, any system should be appropriately engineered to the specifics of the project to ensure that it does not structurally fail. Surprisingly, few (if any) vendors who manufacture provide adequate technical data to do this. 

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, standing seam metal roof

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