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Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles: 9 Tips for Choosing

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

Pop quiz. Should you install a metal roof or asphalt shingles? 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: standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, rail mounted, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop equipment, non-penetrating, rooftop utilities, aluminum, manufacturing, maintenance, green, asphalt shingles, recycling, durability, environment

Word of the Week: 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.

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.

 

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Tags: Solar, pv modules, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, metal roofing, standing seam metal roof, solar attachment, exposed fastener, PV technology, PV, PV array, photovoltaic, solar PV, solar technology, rooftop utilities, load tested, aluminum, UL Listed, UL

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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Word of the Week: What is Non-Penetrating Rooftop Mounting?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Feb 6, 2019 9:16:26 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

Using cup-point setscrews is ill-advised as such a screw point cuts through the paint and protective coating of standing seam panels, causing corrosion and voiding warranties.

In the metal roofing construction industry, mounting ancillary items is often a convenient and necessary aspect of desired performance. Obviously, the best way to maintain the integrity of a metal roof is to allow it to function only as a roof. But various rooftop utilities such as, HVAC, piping, walkways, vents, satellite dishes, snow retention, solar arrays, signage, fall protection, lightning protection, etc. all serve critical purposes and must attach to the roof.

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Word of the Week: What is a Rooftop Avalanche? [video]

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jan 30, 2019 11:17:24 AM

It is a sudden release of snow off a rooftop. Falling snow forms a temperature-sensitive bond to the surface of a metal roof. As that roof is warmed, (through sun or building heat loss), the bond with the snow is broken and a thin film of melt water lubricates the roof. This sudden release from a rooftop can dump many tons of snow below the eaves in a matter of seconds, endangering building elements, landscape, vehicles and pedestrians.

Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing, from the Metal Construction Association discusses the rooftop avalanche in the following terms:

Metal roofs provide durable, long-term solutions and have been preferred by many for use in challenging northern and alpine climates where snow and its migration on and from the rooftop is a normal occurrence. Such climates can pose unique challenges for any roof. Pitched roofs of a material that has a slippery surface can pose sliding snow and ice hazards below eaves. In many instances, snow retention systems are installed on these roof types in order to reduce the risk of sudden rooftop avalanche and mitigate the hazards present in the discharge areas below the eaves.

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Standing Seam vs Exposed Fastener Metal Roofs: What's the Difference?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 19, 2018 12:28:39 PM

A metal roof is a metal roof, right? WRONG. Standing seam and exposed fastener roofs may both be metal and may even serve similar purposes, but the two styles are very different indeed.

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Tags: Solar, Roof Clamps, pv modules, Snow Guards, Snow stops, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, solar mounting, Brackets, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, exposed fastener, thermal movement, roof panels

Step 2: How to Use the S-5! Online Snow Guard Calculator

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 11, 2018 9:41:25 AM

This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. In Step 1, we covered exactly why you should engineer your snow guard system and utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Here is Step 2, where we'll explain how to logon and get started!

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Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow stops, sliding snow, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, Brackets, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, snow rails, snow stopper, snow clips, snow fence, snow bar

Get that Project Off the Ground: Why Use S-5!’s Snow Guard Calculator?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Dec 5, 2018 3:51:53 PM
This is a two-part series featuring the S-5! Snow Guard Calculator. Step 1 covers exactly why it is imperative to engineer your snow guard system and to utilize our online calculator to get the job done. Below, we'll walk you through exactly the calculator's purpose. Then in Step 2, we'll explain exactly how to logon and get started!

Your roof has been developing a perfectly rounded overhang of migrating snow right over your door. It glistens beautifully in the sun and seems to defy gravity as it gets bigger and bigger. But all you can think of is when it is going to fall. That is a smart premonition; because it will at some point. Snow avalanches can be unpredictable and catastrophic events. And the snow will fall wherever and whenever it wants to – on you, a loved one, your car or sidewalk.

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Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof, snow rails, snow stopper, snow clips, snow fence, snow bar

What’s on Your Metal Roof? Components of a Snow Guard System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 26, 2018 1:06:13 PM

This is Part Two of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

Recap of How Snow Retention Works

In Part 1 of What’s on Your Roof? we discussed how, unfortunately, there aren’t any snow guard police out there patrolling the industry. This creates a two-fold problem: One, that you can’t count on there being building inspectors to check a go-to-market system for structural adequacy; and two, architects and installers of these systems can potentially be sued for personal and property damage from faulty snow retention systems they specify or install.

But the light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of the recently published Qualifying Snow Retention Systems by the MCA (Metal Construction Association). This technical guide bridges the gap between the free-for-all snow guard market and building owners, installers, and architects, who demand knowledge, strength, and a well-engineered system. So, what exactly constitutes a well-engineered system?

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Tags: Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, Snow stops, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, S5 clamps, FAQ, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof

What Type of Snow Guard is On Your Metal Roof? Choose The Right Way!

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 8, 2018 3:58:52 PM

At S-5!, we don’t recommend installing adhesive-mounted snow guards on metal roofs. From both an economic and design perspective, glued on plastic snow guards typically have low holding strength and are unable to handle harsh weather-related elements. The bond weakens over time and when it fails, the guard can rip away paint and protective roof coatings, potentially leading to corrosion.

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Tags: Snow Guards, Snow stops, plastic snow guards, metal roofs, snow retention, metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, metal roof clips, standing seam metal roof

   

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