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Butyl Sealant: What Is It and Why Do We Use It? Blog Feature

Butyl Sealant: What Is It and Why Do We Use It?

Posted by Ali Turner on Jun 25, 2024 8:24:11 AM

What is Butyl Sealant?

If you’re in the metal roofing industry, chances are you've come across this versatile material. If you’re new to the world of metal roofing, then maybe you are seeing the word ‘butyl’ for the first time. Either way, let's dive into the world of butyl and uncover what it is and why it matters.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof brackets, exposed fastened, installation, sealants, weather-proofing

S-5-University Solar and Metal Roofing Course Blog Feature

S-5-University Solar and Metal Roofing Course

Posted by Ali Turner on Nov 10, 2023 3:42:03 PM

S-5!® has released a new online training center empowering homeowners, installers, building and facility managers, distributors, EPC and architects with the knowledge to become solar-metal roofing experts.

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting

Reduce Your Racking Cost Blog Feature

Reduce Your Racking Cost

Posted by Ali Turner on Oct 30, 2023 1:46:18 PM

The total cost of installing a photovoltaic (PV) system on a roof is a combination of many different expenses. These costs include the system design and engineering, solar panels, inverter, monitoring equipment, logistics costs, mounting hardware and labor. Other expenses, such as permits and inspections, will add to the overall cost.

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, exposed fastened, cost

The Best Way to Mount a Starlink Satellite Dish to Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

The Best Way to Mount a Starlink Satellite Dish to Your Metal Roof

Posted by Rob Haddock on Apr 11, 2023 4:15:30 PM

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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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, metal roof brackets, exposed fastened, installation, weather-proofing, starlink

Securing Guardrails and Anchor Points for Fall Protection on Metal Roofing Blog Feature

Securing Guardrails and Anchor Points for Fall Protection on Metal Roofing

Posted by Kelli Fields on Nov 15, 2022 9:00:00 AM

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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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment, safety, fall protection

Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars? Blog Feature

Why Do Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofs Need Continuous Snow Bars?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Apr 6, 2022 2:42:56 PM

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.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof brackets, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, sealants, weather-proofing

How to Get Your Roof Ready for Santa and His Reindeer Blog Feature

How to Get Your Roof Ready for Santa and His Reindeer

Posted by Kelli Fields on Dec 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Christmas is just around the corner, and Santa will be making his rounds in mere days. People often think about baking cookies to set out for the Jolly Old Elf or cleaning soot out the chimney’s hearth to give him a clear pathway to the tree. But your rooftop is really the most important spot because this is where Santa’s sleigh will touch down. The big question is: Is your roof ready?

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, PV

How to Prevent Snow From Falling Off a Metal Roof Over the Snow Guards Blog Feature

How to Prevent Snow From Falling Off a Metal Roof Over the Snow Guards

Posted by Kelli Fields on Dec 2, 2021 10:43:58 AM

When most people think of snow releasing from a metal rooftop, a cascade of falling snow generally comes to mind. But there are other ways snow can slide off your roof – even when you have a snow guard system in place. Under certain conditions, a thin blanket of snow can “buckle,” pushing a “loop” upwards and causing snow to fold over the top of a snow guard and shed from your metal roof.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof

Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer Blog Feature

Best Practices in Solar PV Wire Management for the Skilled Installer

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 16, 2021 10:30:09 AM

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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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, PV, rail mounted solar panels, exposed fastened, installation

Smart Wire Management: Rail or Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs Blog Feature

Smart Wire Management: Rail or Rail-less Solar on Metal Roofs

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 1, 2021 11:51:32 AM

Are you new to installing solar PV modules on a metal roof? We’ve heard from many of you who’d like a better grasp on the fundamentals of solar PV installation – especially when setting the stage for proper wire management. So today we’re offering you a primer on:

  • The components of a PV array and how they work together.
  • An overview of Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE).
  • The steps to get ready for solar PV wire-management design.
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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, cost

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