Metal Roof Innovations Central

How to Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof: 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 15, 2019 8:54:50 PM

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. 

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, installation

5 Things to Consider When Wanting a Low-Cost Solar Module Mounting System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Sep 24, 2019 12:05:44 PM

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:  

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

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

Visit S-5! at IRE

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 11, 2019 11:57:08 AM

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?

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment

How Do Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels Work?

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.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rail mounted solar panels

Quick Investment Return Expected from McElroy Solar Mounting Project

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 21, 2018 9:30:35 AM

Wanting to offset the plant’s electrical usage, and still show a return on investment, McElroy Metal chose a rail-less solar mounting solution system for its second manufacturing facility in Adelanto, CA. Secure module attachment was done with S-5! clamps and the PVKIT® - direct-attach™ system.

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Tags: metal roof, solar mounting

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

What is the Best Way to Mount Solar on Exposed-Fastener Metal Roofs?

Posted by Rob Haddock on Mar 8, 2018 1:48:02 PM


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! 

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Tags: solar mounting, metal roof brackets, PV, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, installation

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