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Word of the Week: What is Non-Penetrating Rooftop Mounting?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 6, 2019 9:16:26 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

Using cup-point setscrews is ill-advised as such a screw point cuts through the paint and protective coating of standing seam panels, causing corrosion and voiding warranties.

In the metal roofing construction industry, mounting ancillary items is often a convenient and necessary aspect of desired performance. Obviously, the best way to maintain the integrity of a metal roof is to allow it to function only as a roof. But various rooftop utilities such as, HVAC, piping, walkways, vents, satellite dishes, snow retention, solar arrays, signage, fall protection, lightning protection, etc. all serve critical purposes and must attach to the roof.

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Word of the Week: What is a Rooftop Avalanche? [video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 30, 2019 11:17:24 AM

It is a sudden release of snow off a rooftop. Falling snow forms a temperature-sensitive bond to the surface of a metal roof. As that roof is warmed, (through sun or building heat loss), the bond with the snow is broken and a thin film of melt water lubricates the roof. This sudden release from a rooftop can dump many tons of snow below the eaves in a matter of seconds, endangering building elements, landscape, vehicles and pedestrians.

Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing, from the Metal Construction Association discusses the rooftop avalanche in the following terms:

Metal roofs provide durable, long-term solutions and have been preferred by many for use in challenging northern and alpine climates where snow and its migration on and from the rooftop is a normal occurrence. Such climates can pose unique challenges for any roof. Pitched roofs of a material that has a slippery surface can pose sliding snow and ice hazards below eaves. In many instances, snow retention systems are installed on these roof types in order to reduce the risk of sudden rooftop avalanche and mitigate the hazards present in the discharge areas below the eaves.

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Word of the Week: What is PV Photovoltaic Solar Technology?

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.  Photovoltaic technology is commonly attached to a panel; and these solar panels are connected to one another and mounted onto a frame. This PV assembly is called a module and you can wire these modules together into an array. Rays of sunlight (photons) are absorbed by the solar panels. This power then gets converted into Alternating Current (AC) to be used in the house - or sold back to the centralized city grid.

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Standing Seam and Exposed Fastener 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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Step 2: How to Use the S-5! Online Snow Guard Calculator

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 11, 2018 9:41:25 AM

This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. In Step 1, we covered exactly why you should engineer your snow guard system and utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Here is Step 2, where we'll explain how to logon and get started!

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Get that Project Off the Ground: Why Use S-5!’s Snow Guard Calculator?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 5, 2018 3:51:53 PM
This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. Step 1 covers exactly why it is imperative to engineer your snow guard system and to utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Below, we'll walk you through exactly the calculator's purpose. Then in Step 2, we'll explain exactly how to logon and get started!

Your roof has been developing a perfectly rounded overhang of migrating snow right over your door. It glistens beautifully in the sun and seems to defy gravity as it gets bigger and bigger. But all you can think of is when it is going to fall. That is a smart premonition; because it will at some point. Snow avalanches can be unpredictable and catastrophic events. And the snow will fall wherever and whenever it wants to – on you, a loved one, your car or sidewalk.

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What’s on Your Metal Roof? Components of a Snow Guard System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 26, 2018 1:06:13 PM

This is Part Two of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

Recap of How Snow Retention Works

In Part 1 of What’s on Your Roof? we discussed how, unfortunately, there aren’t any snow guard police out there patrolling the industry. This creates a two-fold problem: One, that you can’t count on there being building inspectors to check a go-to-market system for structural adequacy; and two, architects and installers of these systems can potentially be sued for personal and property damage from faulty snow retention systems they specify or install.

But the light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of the recently published Qualifying Snow Retention Systems by the MCA (Metal Construction Association). This technical guide bridges the gap between the free-for-all snow guard market and building owners, installers, and architects, who demand knowledge, strength, and a well-engineered system. So, what exactly constitutes a well-engineered system?

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What Type of Snow Guard is On Your Metal Roof? Choose The Right Way!

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 8, 2018 3:58:52 PM

At S-5!, we don’t recommend installing adhesive-mounted snow guards on metal roofs. From both an economic and design perspective, glued on plastic snow guards typically have low holding strength and are unable to handle harsh weather-related elements. The bond weakens over time and when it fails, the guard can rip away paint and protective roof coatings, potentially leading to corrosion.

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There Aren't Any Snow Guard Police: What's On Your Metal Roof?

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.

There is a new (and much needed) document recently published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA): Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing. This new industry consensus document is perhaps the most valuable tool in your toolbox if you are involved with any aspect of snow guards for any metal roof application.

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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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.
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