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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.

Today, we’re breaking down the top rail-less benefits leading to a growth in popularity and positioning rail-less to be the new metal rooftop solar mounting standard for the future.

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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

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof? Blog Feature

Rail vs. Rail-less: Which Is the Best Solar Mounting Platform for Your Roof?

Posted by Kelli Fields on Jul 7, 2021 1:30:38 PM

If you’re thinking of putting solar PV on your metal roof to generate renewable energy and save money over time, you’ve made a great choice. Metal roofs are an ideal platform for mounting solar modules thanks to their long service life and durability. Solar arrays have a service life of 35+ years, and metal roofing has a demonstrated service life of 60 years. Aside from metal, there are no other roof types that measure up to that without requiring replacement. Both standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roofs support solar arrays very effectively.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rail mounted solar panels, rooftop equipment, exposed fastened, cost, installation

Can You Mount to a Standing Seam Metal Roof Without Voiding the Warranty?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on May 8, 2020 10:40:43 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.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof clamps, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment, installation

Will Snow Guards Damage My Metal Roof?

Posted by Shawn deAngelo on Jan 6, 2020 9:13:50 AM

Massive snow accumulation on a roof creates the potential for an unpredictable avalanche-like effect. Metal is a great choice for your rooftop. It has a long life expectancy and can stand up to the harshest conditions. It does have a low coefficient of friction though–meaning things (including snow) don’t stick to it very well. But the notion that snow is intended to slide off a metal roof is misguided and can be dangerous.  

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastened

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

The Legacy of Innovation of Rob Haddock in the Metal Roof Industry

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 11, 2019 3:08:38 PM

An Interview with Construction in Focus and Manufacturing in Focus Magazines - Rob Haddock recently sat down for an engaging interview to discuss the lasting impact S-5! Metal Roof Innovations has had on the industry. He walks the reader through the history of his company from wooden prototypes to the collection of over 50 U.S. and foreign patents the company holds.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment

What is a Trapezoidal Rib Roof Profile?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 29, 2019 12:03:47 PM

A trapezoidal roof profile has a ribbed trapezoidal-shape pattern across the panel. This means, it is a quadrilateral (or a four-sided shape – see Figure 1) that has just a single pair of parallel sides. Sometimes, trapezoidal roofs are mistakenly referred to as corrugated. This is a misnomer as the corrugated profile has a repeating wavy pattern across its surface.Trapezoidal rib roofs are popular with producers because the shape makes them very material-efficient (a high strength-to weight ratio). 

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Tags: metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof

What are the Parts of a Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Apr 4, 2019 11:18:59 AM

What makes makes up a metal roof? There is flashing, ridges, valleys, eaves, and more. Where are all these on a roof and what is their purpose? Read on as we deconstruct the rest of the metal roof.

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Tags: metal roof, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastened

What is the Difference Between Metal Roofs and Asphalt Shingles?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Mar 18, 2019 11:59:16 AM

Pop quiz. Should you install a metal roof or asphalt shingles? Which is a better choice? Asphalt shingle roofs are everywhere. But metal roofs have been in use for almost three thousand years. They have come a long way from the simple, yet functional corrugated or standing seam metal roof design usually associated with barns or sheds. So, which is the best choice for you? To answer this, let’s take a deeper look under the hood, or the roof, as it may be.

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Tags: metal roof, standing seam metal roof, rooftop equipment, cost, installation

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