S-5! mounts adapt to two models of metal rooftops on single solar project

Jan 13, 2020 05:24 PM ET
  • S-5!, an authority on metal roof attachment solutions, recently participated in a complex solar conversion project at a manufacturing facility in Clinton, Illinois.

This large-scale, multi-faceted project at the McElroy Metal plant required a two-fold approach as the facility consisted of two different metal roof types: a face-attached trapezoidal profile on one section of the facility and a standing seam profile on another. The mission was to convert the roof to solar.

S-5! PVKIT 2.0 mounts were used on a 390-kW solar array at McElroy Metal in Colorado Springs, Colorado. McElroy Metal

S-5!’s engineering team collaborated with McElroy Metal to determine which clamps and brackets were most appropriate based on the two different roof types, their respective load capacities, resulting in load distribution and the best fit for mounting components. They analyzed roof-specific data and CAD drawings to determine precise attachment points across the massive solar array and to determine the bill of materials, including clamps, brackets and PVKITs.

S-5-T Mini clamps were selected to attach the solar panels to the facility’s new 238T symmetrical standing seam roof system. Featuring a two-piece design, S-5-T Mini clamps are specifically designed to fit profiles with a “T” shaped seam configuration like the 238T. Beyond the “fit”, this clamp (in tandem with all S-5 attachment solutions) was specifically load tested on the 238T in the gauge used for the project, enabling comprehensive system engineering specific to this project. This process is routine for S-5! as its 500-plus load test results are published and accessible on the company’s website.

The solar installation on the facility’s existing multi-rib panel roof system required S-5!’s RibBracket II, which are specifically designed to attach to this type of roof profile. The RibBrackets provided the best fit and more than enough tested-holding capacity for the dimensions of the rib.

In addition, the entire solar array was mounted using S-5!’s PVKIT 2.0 Solar Solutions, comprised of MidGrabs and EdgeGrabs, which mounts directly to solar panels. The PVKIT 2.0 is a rail-free roof mount that has preassembled components.

McElroy Metals

“We would never consider any attachment to our roofs other than S-5!’s,” said Ken Gieseke, VP of marketing, McElroy Metal. “The S-5! brand is iconic in the metal roofing industry. Their commitment to tested, engineered products and a decades-long history of prudent metal roof attachment solutions is unsurpassed. We simply know from experience their products perform for the life of our roof.”

McElroy Metal manufactures metal roofing, metal siding and substructural components. This is the company’s third manufacturing facility to install a solar system in conjunction with a roof to recover. The McElroy facility now has a 390.6-kW solar panel system with five inverters designed for an annual output of 829,289 kWh..

“As a leader in the metal construction industry, we have had the privilege of working alongside McElroy in many venues, industry trade groups and supply relationships, now spanning almost 40 years,” said Rob Haddock, S-5!’s Founder and CEO. “We are proud industry partners and look forward to continuing working together in expanding the use of solar.”

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