ColorGard®

The only snow retention system good enough to be warranted for the life of the roof. Unlike other snow guards that yellow and fail over time, ColorGard’s unsurpassed holding strength controls snow migration with a perfect color-match that lasts the life of the roof.

ColorGard Installation

Step 1: Before You Start
string-no_clamps_step1String a line at clamp location.

To check the integrity of your design, or to assist you and your distributor in developing a design, try our ColorGard calculator.

ColorGard is easy to install. First, at the desired location, use a string line across the top of the panel seams—this will establish a true line for installation of the S-5!® clamps. Individually measuring each clamp location from the eave is not recommended.

When installing clamps on roof panels which utilize a two-piece panel attachment clip, the clamp may be installed at a clip location if desired. When the panel system utilizes a one-piece clip, installing at clip locations should be avoided.

Step 2: Preparing the Clamps
VersaClip™ assembly with bolt hole on the upslope end of the clamp.

If the ColorGard assembly utilizes the VersaClip for attachment of the ColorGard crossmember, the bolt hole in the clamp should be at the upslope end of the clamp.

If the assembly does not use VersaClip, the hole should be at the downslope end of the clamp. Determine which side of the clamp to load the setscrews into, and assemble all setscrews to all clamps, being careful that the bolt hole will be in the correct (upslope or downslope) orientation, with the setscrews on the correct side of the seam.

S-5! clamp without the VersaClip with the bolt hole shown on the downslope end of the clamp.

If the assembly does not use VersaClip, the hole should be at the downslope end of the clamp. Determine which side of the clamp to load the setscrews into, and assemble all setscrews to all clamps, being careful that the bolt hole will be in the correct (upslope or downslope) orientation, with the setscrews on the correct side of the seam.

S-5! clamps are available to fit almost any seam. Refer to the Clamps section of this website to view installation instructions.

Step 3: Installing the Clamps
string-copy_1_step3Clamps are positioned along the string line.

Position the clamps appropriately on the panel seam, using the string line as a guide.

string_1_step3An Allen-wrench attachment tip is included in your purchase.

Using the Allen-wrench attachment tip for 1/4″ screwgun (included in the box), tighten and retighten setscrews as the seam material compresses. On low seam profiles, clamp spacing should never exceed 32″.

torque-wrench_1_step3Angle drivers are available through your S-5!™ distributor.

We recommend using the angle driver (available at your S-5! distributor) to facilitate easy installation and avoid damage to the panel.

NOTE: Do not be concerned if after installation the clamp appears slightly “cocked” on the panel seam. It will straighten out when ColorGard is installed.

The holding strength of S-5! clamps is highly dependent upon setscrew tension. Consult the S-5! Load Tables

For maximum holding strength, setscrews should be tensioned and re-tensioned as the seam material compresses. Clamp setscrew tension should be verified using a calibrated torque wrench between 160 and 180 inch-pounds when used on a 22-gauge steel, and between 130 and 150 inch-pounds for all other metals and thinner gauges of steel. Published data regarding holding strength is available.

CAUTION: Battery operated guns may not deliver consistent screw tension. Drywall guns may not deliver adequate tension.

Step 4: Installing ColorGard
inserting-strip_1_step4Slide color strip into the ColorGard crossmember.

Color strips should be sheared from the same prefinished metal as the roof panels. Shear strips to exactly 2″ wide (8′ or 10′ long). Slide the color strip into the ColorGard crossmember as shown. If the strip length is 8 feet, it may be pre-assembled into the ColorGard crossmember. If the strip is 10 feet long it will be assembled into the ColorGard as installation progresses.

crimping-lip-clear-bkgrndAnchor color strip to the ColorGard by pinching the retainer lip with pliers.

Joints in the ColorGard can be concealed, if desired by offsetting the joints of the color strip from the joints of the ColorGard. When this is done, the joints of the color strips should be overlapped about 1/2 inch.

Each color strip should be anchored to the ColorGard somewhere along its length. This is done by pinching the retainer lip of the ColorGard with an ordinary pair of pliers. It can be done at one end of the ColorGard section as shown, or anywhere along its length.

Attach ColorGard to clamps with stainless bolts and washers provided. Bolts can be tightened with a 9/16″ box-end wrench, or ratchet (left). On larger jobs a 1/2″ drive electric impact will expedite this work. Tension bolts to 20 foot-pounds (27 N.m.).

box-wrench-tighten-copy_steAfter attaching ColorGard to a clamp, tighten the clamp bolts with a 9/15″ box-end wrench or ratchet to 20 foot-pounds.

Attach ColorGard® to clamps with stainless bolts and washers provided. Bolts can be tightened with a 9/16″ box-end wrench, or ratchet (lower left). On larger jobs a 1/2″ drive electric impact will expedite this work. Tension bolts to 20 foot-pounds (27 N.m.).

Add splice pieces at each ColorGard joint as shown. The “dimple” in the splice piece will automatically provide a 1/8″ space between adjoining sections to allow for linear thermal expansion of the ColorGard.