Is your metal roof solar ready?
Colorado Springs, Colo., February 25, 2016 – Is your metal roof solar ready?
This question has a quick and easy answer and the answer is “Yes!” if it’s a standing seam metal roof, the most solar ready roofs available for any application.
First of all, by using S-5! Clamps, you can install a crystalline solar panel system in a quick and efficient manner without penetrating the roofing material of a standing seam metal roofing system. Every other roofing system will require some sort of penetration to safely secure the solar panel racks to the structure. With standing seam metal roofing panels, clamps secure the racks to the seam. Anytime you can avoid penetrating the roofing material, you will save time and money. Also, you do not void the roofing manufacturer’s warranty and, maybe most importantly, you avoid introducing a potential spot for a leak.
Metal Construction Association studies have proven that standing seam metal roofing systems can last 60 years or longer in most environments with proper installation. Crystalline solar panels have a life expectancy of 25-30 years, so the metal roofing system will surely outlast the solar panels. Installing solar panels on a roofing system with a lifespan of less than 30 years creates a situation where you may not get the full value from your solar panels. You could end up removing working solar panels to repair or recover a failing roofing system.
Roof flashings are unattractive, expensive and labor intensive when installing on any roofing, especially when compared to the approximately 15-20 seconds it takes to install a $3-$5 clamp to the seam of a metal roofing system.
S-5! simplified the installation of solar panels when the company introduced the S-5-PV Kit. A kit includes the base assembly, the Universal PV Grab to secure adjacent panels and the EdgeGrab for end panels. (Clamps are sold separately because of the wide variety of standing seam roofing profiles.) In most cases, the savings in time and materials pays for the entire S-5-PV Kit and clamp setup. S-5! also offers installation support in regards to spacing recommendations and instructions as well as case studies that help you educate customers on the true cost of this installation method.
So whether the installation is residential or commercial, small or full-scale, the best way to mount a solar array on a building is on a standing seam metal roof. No other roof type offers the peace of mind of having zero penetrations, long lifespan and pleasing aesthetics.
S-5! zero-penetration clamps attach ancillary items to standing seam metal roofs without violating the integrity of the roof or the roof’s warranties. The clamps mount snow-retention and wind-performance systems, solar arrays, signs/banners, light fixtures, gas piping, stack/flue bracing, walkways, HVAC, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more.