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What Are Your Questions on Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofing? Blog Feature

What Are Your Questions on Exposed-Fastened Metal Roofing?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Sep 30, 2021 7:30:42 AM

Calling all installers, contractors and DIYers!

Exposed-fastened (EF) roofing covers a lot of territory – from agricultural and industrial buildings to commercial and residential properties. Sometimes called through-fastened, screw-fastened and face-fastened, EF roofing is a popular choice thanks to its reasonable price and long lifespan.

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Tags: solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, installation, sealants, weather-proofing

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

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

Build a Smart Foundation for Wire Management Using Rail or Rail-less Solar PV on Your Metal Roof

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

Design and Optimize the Solar PV Layout (Solar Zone) on Your Metal Roof Blog Feature

Design and Optimize the Solar PV Layout (Solar Zone) on Your Metal Roof

Posted by Kelli Fields on Aug 5, 2021 9:57:36 AM

Ready to put a solar PV array on your roof? With solar installations becoming increasingly popular, many building owners, DIYers and new-to-solar contractors are learning about this field. If you’re jumping into the world of solar installations, we’ve pulled together some ideas and important considerations to get you started on the right foot.

We know solar installations often occur when you’re undertaking new roof construction or roof replacements. But before you begin your project, if you don’t have a metal roof, now’s the time to consider getting one. It’s the only roof type able to last and even exceed the entire life of your solar array without the need for replacement. To mount a solar PV system on any other roof type is a bit like putting a Ferrari engine on a Ford Escort chassis.

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Tags: metal roof, PV, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, cost, installation

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.

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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

Wire Management Best Practices Webinar: Tips for Proper PV Wire Installation

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2020 8:51:52 AM

Join S-5! this week for a NABCEP-approved course on wire management. On deck is Mark Gies, S-5!’s Northeast Sales Rep. Missed out webinar? We offer our courses on demand! Visit our Training Center to register and to learn more about our other online course offerings.

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Tags: metal roof, PV, rooftop equipment, webinar

Should I Use Micro Rails to Install Solar on Exposed-Fasten Metal Roofs?

Posted by Jesse Winternitz on Mar 9, 2020 2:15:51 PM

Micro rails are a relatively common way of attaching a solar array to exposed-fastened metal roofs. This method uses small rail sections in specific areas as needed along the roof – reducing the total length of rails. They have benefits which make them desirable to contractors and installers alike. They provide material and shipping cost savings to the customer when compared to rail systems. In addition, they are small, which allows them to be handled easily onto roofs. They are forgiving with spacing allowing for minimal or customizable walk spaces. Additionally, micro rails can be installed with just a couple of fasteners - potentially cutting installation times compared to rails.

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Tags: solar mounting, PV, exposed fastened

What is the Most Cost-Effective and Best Way to Install Solar Panels on Metal Roofs?

Posted by Mark Gies on Nov 21, 2019 12:02:09 PM

Being the experts on all things metal roof and metal roof attachments, we are often asked by solar developers and installers what is the most cost-effective way to install solar panels on metal roofs. There are multiple options when putting solar on a metal roof, and each come with pros and cons that can impact installation costs and lifetime performance.

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Tags: solar mounting, PV, cost, installation

Is the S-5-N the Right Clamp for Your Nail Strip Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 16, 2019 2:20:34 PM

The new and improved S-5-N clamp is an innovative attachment solution that cures your nail strip profile seating issues. The clamp features an insert to facilitate installation and fit. it also fits seam profiles having a base of rib dimension < .82". 

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Tags: solar mounting, PV

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

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