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.
Did you know that your roof already comes with free rails? You can mount PV directly to the roof panels themselves - using the “direct-attach” method. Whether you are dealing with standing seam or ribbed, face-fastened panels, these metal roofs have one thing in common: They all have built-in rails. (See image to the left: Standing seam metal roofs have rails (the seams) built right in ready for direct attachment of solar panels.)
When it comes to sharing solar array costs, companies often shy away and dance around the question. They usually focus on the customization angle – telling you that prices vary, and that this is what makes estimation difficult.
Now, of course costs vary, because no two projects are the same but whether you are an installer, contractor, or a homeowner, you share two common questions:
How much is this going to cost me and how long is it going to take?
In our booth at IRE Nashville this year, we showcased our usual innovative selection of clamps and brackets. But we also featured a new product: 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".
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.
You seem to see it everywhere – that red, black, or white circle with the capital “U” and “L” letters inside. It shows up on various products in our homes and workplaces. You rightly assume that it is important: When something has the UL stamp, it means it has been properly designed and engineered for its specific use. A UL listed mark on a product demonstrates it has been vigorously tested to meet safety specifications determined from the potential and probable hazards of the product. It means the product can be depended on to perform its purpose when needed the most.
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?
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.
McElroy Metal Plant in Adelanto, CA, has added solar panels to its second manufacturing facility. Secure module attachment was done with S-5! clamps.
As the industry leader in metal roof attachments and moreover, the attachment of solar PV modules to metal roofs, S-5! understands the importance of providing the best customer experience from a product and customer relation standpoint. From the invention of the first non-penetrating standing seam clamp to the first direct attach PV method, S-5! has led this industry category for over 25 years.
Upon reading the Solar Power World article Metal Roofs are No Problem for Solar Installations, my reaction was, "Well, I suppose that is true—if (and only if) it is done 'the right way.'" There are so many materials, profiles, gauges, metallurgies and corrosion behaviors to consider; not to mention effective waterproofing methods, sealant chemistries, thermal cycling characteristics, weathering behaviors, strength of materials, structural engineering principals and relevant test methods. It is anything but a simple science!