A Gift: 75 Helpful Topics for Solar Installers

Over the past 4 years, a number of posts have appeared on the EcoFasten Solar blog….blogs relating to the solar industry, solar in general, mounting solutions, bracket options, solar snow management, links to animation videos, and everything in between. I was just looking over all of those blogs, and realized that there have been over 130 posts to date! Many are educational, others are useful, and some are funny. And from my side of things, they’ve ALL been fun to write!

It’s exciting to know that we’ve generated so much helpful content! Exciting too, that, as the industry grows and changes, so do we, not only as a company, but as individuals too. To be able to look back, and see what was happening when, from a perspective you won’t see anywhere else, is such a gift, and with Christmas only 12 days away, here’s a gift for you all….

Below you’ll find links to many of these posts – the ones that still hold relevance anyway (i.e.: not about an upcoming tradeshow, or a tradeshow we just returned from). Take a look, and if there are any that interest you, take a look further! The movers and shakers at EcoFasten have become an authoritative voice in the industry, and that’s mostly due to the fact that our founder and President is a former roofer himself, and has spent decades on the roof, and everyone he hires to work with him carries their own wealth of knowledge. There’s no other way to say it – we know (and like) what we’re doing.

Below is a listing of posts that I thought would be the most beneficial for all you installers out there – after all, without you, where would we be? I’ll tell you exactly where….sitting around talking about solar, looking up at roofs jabbering on about how great solar would be on rooftops, and in machine shops and factories, producing product no one knows what to do with.

Take a look, and if you like what you see, let us know! If there’s something you don’t see, that you’d like to, let us know that, too! We strive to continue passing along what we know, and most importantly, what you WANT to know.

Here you go!

  1. SimpleGrip: An All New Low-Slope Solution
  2. Compression: That’s What It’s All About
  3. Top Tips For Mounting PV On Tile (This one was the spawn of a “Top Tips” webinar hosted by Solar Power World, including EcoFasten for tile roofing, SunModo for metal roofing, and IronRidge for comp shingle roofing)
  4. A Bracket Guide For You – The Solar Installer
  5. New England: Solar Jobs On The Rise
  6. Install Video [Tile Flashing System]: It Doesn’t Get Much Easier Than This (anyone in Marketing knows blog titles aren’t supposed to be this long!)
  7. DIY: DON’T Install Yourself
  8. The Countdown Is On: EcoFasten Solar To Launch Rock-It System At Intersolar (Another long title!)
  9. 4 Common Problems That May Be Hanging Out On Your Roof
  10. Smart Standing Seam Solutions
  11. Taking Charge Of Conduit
  12. How to Speed Up Your Installs with GreenFasten
  13. Join the Ranks of (Almost) a Million Other Homeowners
  14. The World Really IS Flat (5 countries in terms of installed solar PV)
  15. The Proof on the Roof (installation images)
  16. Changing the Game (Baseball related….and who doesn’t love baseball??)
  17. For the Love of Metal
  18. The Integrity of the Roof
  19. Worth a Thousand Words
  20. 3 Ways to Stop Energy Costs from Going Through the Roof
  21. Tile Installs Taking Way Too Long?
  22. More Interesting Facts About Solar Power
  23. Winter Storm Juno – Not Your Gutters BFF
  24. A Marriage of Sun and Snow
  25. Running Interference for Solar
  26. 6 Celebs Who Support Solar
  27. New Year, New Photos to Share
  28. A Rooftop Revolution
  29. Solar in the Green Mountains
  30. Ancient Green Architecture
  31. Don’t Overlook Solar Snow Management
  32. A SIPs Solution
  33. Your Après SPI Planner: 11 Things to Do in Vegas for Under $20 (yes, technically about a tradeshow, but a fun resource for those planning a visit – and not wanting to go broke while you’re there)
  34. Winterize Your Roof in 10 Easy Steps
  35. 8 Interesting Facts About Solar Power (this post was #3 on Renewable Energy World’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014!!)
  36. Installation Photos: A Solution for Every Roof Type
  37. The Fastest Install in the Industry (a true story)
  38. QuikFoot: Roof Mount Also Ideal for Coastal Locations
  39. Brackets Galore: An Installers Guide
  40. Stop Wondering: Find Out What Snow Guard is Right for You
  41. The History of the Power of Solar
  42. 6 Common Roofing Questions Answered
  43. Discover Solar Snow Management Before the Snow Flies
  44. 10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Solar Installer
  45. A Universal Mounting Solution got Corrugated Metal? Check!
  46. All New Alpine SnowGuards Website: Designed with Roofing Contractors in Mind
  47. The Proof is on the Roof: Installation Images
  48. Do I Really Need an Annual Roof Inspection?
  49. A Grapevine Doesn’t Only Yield Grapes
  50. Installations Taking Far Too long? Discover the EcoFasten Difference
  51. A Tile Mounting Solution That’s Fast AND Easy to Install? Yeah, We’ve Got That.
  52. You Have Got to See These Rooftops!
  53. “Synthetic Shake-Up”
  54. Choosing the Right Roof for Your Home (and Your Wallet)
  55. Sometimes You Just Want to See Photos!
  56. Especially for Earth Day….Amazing Arrays
  57. The Endangered Roof: What to Look Out For
  58. Did You Know? The Sequel.
  59. The EcoFasten Solar Team Has Exciting News to Share!
  60. Did You Know?
  61. Is Snow Avalanching Off Your Solar Panels?
  62. A Salute to Veterans in Solar
  63. Top Tips for Installing PV on Low-Slope Roofing
  64. A(nother) Solute to Veterans in Solar
  65. Because Installs Aren’t Supposed to be a Hassle
  66. EcoFasten Solar: Because the Integrity of the Roof Comes First
  67. A Look at the Basics of Mounting
  68. A SIPs Solution: There’s Nothing Else Like It
  69. 4 New Videos that Will Make Your Installs Faster and Easier
  70. Top 4 Avoidable Hazards in the Construction Industry
  71. Tile Hook Flashing – It’s Almost Too Easy
  72. Best Practices: Installing PV on Tile
  73. Cut Installation Costs with SimpleBlock-PV
  74. Tile Roofs: 8 Essential Tips for Successful PV Mounting
  75. 14 Fast & Easy to Install Solar Roof Mounts & Rail-Free Racking Systems

Now that you have your reading list, sit back, relax, grab a cup of hot cocoa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

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A Day TUE Give

Today is #GivingTuesday, so instead of “giving” you a blog post about the solar industry, or about our products, I thought a nice way to kick off this day of global giving would be to give you some background on the origins of the day, as well as some suggestions on how you can give/share/help.

So many of us are divided. Divided by political issues. Divided by our own little bubbles – families, careers, friends, and homes, that we sometimes forget that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a family, a job, friends, or even a place to rest their head at night.

It’s for this reason that #GivingTuesday was started. Now in its 6th year, the campaign, in the words of co-founder Henry Timms, is about tapping into the ‘communitarian spirit’, and that this day reminds us that our democracy is about more than just our politics.

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In the U.S. we celebrate this day on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The campaign grew legs in 2012, thanks to the 92nd Street Y (better known as 92Y – not affiliated with the YMCA), which is a multifaceted community center and cultural institution in New York City.

The whole idea is actually very simple: Find a way to give back, and then share your idea. You don’t have to give money or “things” – your time is valuable, too! If you do choose to make a monetary donation, take a look at these tips from the Better Business Bureau.

So, what can YOU do? The opportunities are literally endless and can be done on your own, with your friends, through your community, church, school, and places of business….nothing is too small, and no gesture will go unappreciated.

Here’s a great resource to find out what’s happening near you: https://www.givingtuesday.org/whats-happening-near-me

And most importantly, spread the word! Let others know what you’re doing by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #MyGivingStory

HAPPY GIVING!!

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14 Fast & Easy to Install Solar Roof Mounts & Rail-Free Racking Systems

All of us here at EcoFasten Solar work closely with the top solar developers, racking system providers, roofing manufacturers, and commercial installation companies to develop breakthrough watertight solar roof mount solutions that are versatile, simple, and secure.  All of the products in the EcoFasten line are designed with the installer in mind. Comprised of a team rich with talent and ability, EcoFasten Solar produces reliable systems that do what they say they’ll do. The EcoFasten Solar difference is the FOUR LEVELS of compression technology.

Committed to the connection

We all know that to mount a solar panel to a roof, you need to know as much about the roof construction as you do about the panel function.  In fact, you need to know more.  Founded by a former roofer with decades of hands-on experience, EcoFasten Solar is the company that was born to bridge the gap between the people who design the solar arrays and the people who install them.

EcoFasten Solar roof mounts and components utilize the same patented, watertight compression technology that has been used by its Sister company, Alpine SnowGuards, in the rooftop mounted snow retention industry since the mid-1990’s. This simple, yet secure technology creates an impermeable moisture barrier under even the most extreme conditions.

The products in the EcoFasten lineup are rugged by design, employing fabrication and quality manufacturing principles that will maintain the integrity of the roof without voiding roofing manufacturer’s warranties. Every EcoFasten product meets roofing industry best practices, as well as International, Residential, and State Building Codes.

There’s a good reason the top installers in the U.S. rely on EcoFasten Solar:

  • Fastest, easiest, most straightforward installs in the industry
  • Most cost-effective solutions available
  • Versatile designs for all roof types – new or retrofit
  • Watertight compression technology
  • Top-notch Customer Service team
  • Excellent lead times

The product line is comprised of a series of systems characterized by roof type application, and each system can be paired with a wide variety of brackets options.

Rock-It System

The Rock-It System is a fast, easy to install rail-free solar roof mount that conforms to UL 2703: First Edition (testing performed by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory TÜV Rheinland), and holds a Class A Fire Class Resistance Rating. The unique top- patented, watertight down leveling feature gives the installer the freedom to level the array during or after the install is complete, and the system offers North-South adjustability, while only requiring one tool for the entire installation..

SimpleBlock and SimpleBlock-PV

SimpleBlock-PV is a truly innovative rail-free racking system that utilizes EcoFasten End Spacers and Mid-Clamps, for use on metal standing seam roofs. An added bonus is that the 2 oval-point set screws come pre-installed, which anyone who’s ever spent time on a roof will tell you, is a huge help. For rail-based mounting, we also offer the SimpleBlock clamp alone. Conforms to UL 2703: First Edition and features integrated bonding. Testing performed by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory TÜV Rheinland.

GreenFasten™ GF1

For composition shingle roofs

The GreenFasten™ GF1 system utilizes the patented watertight technology EcoFasten Solar is known for. The flashing is fit with an EPDM rubber bushing and when used with any EcoFasten Solar Compression Bracket (milled with countersink), a watertight seal is created, which protects the integrity of the roof.  GreenFasten requires a single fastener (lag bolt or self-drilling), providing a very fast install. Backed by IAPMO certification, GreenFasten delivers a mounting solution for all new or existing composition shingle roofs.

SimpleRack SR-X°

The rail-free SimpleRack SR-X° (X° = 10°) was engineered specifically for use on flat concrete roofing applications, and is an ideal system for fast, easy fixed-position mounting. Simple, straightforward components accommodate low and high profile mounting, so pipe boots and vents getting in the way of an installation are not an issue.

Featuring integrated bonding, SimpleRack SR-X° is compliant with UL 2703 First Edition.

Testing performed by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory TÜV Rheinland.

SimpleGrip-SQ

For low-slope roofing

SimpleGrip-SQ (the SQ is for “square”) is a watertight solar roof mount solution for low-slope applications that has been tested in accordance with AC 286 and ASTM D1761-06, and like all of the products in the EcoFasten Solar line, SimpleGrip-SQ is fast and easy to install, allowing your next low-slope project to be straightforward and hassle-free.

CorruSlide

For metal corrugated roofs

The CorruSlide solar roof mount for corrugated metal roofs attaches to the sides of the panel ribs, as opposed to in the valleys, and adjusts North-South AND East-West, while working as a hinge to easily fit wide or narrow seams. 5 fastener points with self-tapping & sealing sheet metal screws add overall strength and durability, while the pre-applied gasket tape ensures a watertight barrier.

Image from Alchemy Construction, Inc. Arcata, CA

Simple Seal System

For metal corrugated roofs

The Simple Seal System was designed for installation on most through-fastened, new or existing metal roofs and utilizes a patented watertight bushing. Simple Seal is a cone shaped EPDM bushing that fits into the counter sink of any EcoFasten Solar compression bracket. When fastened to the roof, engaging a purlin or rafter, the Simple Seal bushing is compressed inside the bracket, creating a watertight seal.

Tile Flashing Systems

For Flat, W, or S tile roofs

The Tile Flashing System was designed for use on new or existing tile roofs and is available in 3 profile options for flat, “W” and “S” tile roofs. By using this innovative flashing system, which replaces one complete roof tile, the need for cutting, drilling, grinding and the replacing of tiles is eliminated. Multiple fastener holes in the system’s base plate allow for attachment into the rafter, regardless of the flashing alignment.  The embossed cone-shape stamped into the flashing and fitted with an EPDM rubber bushing creates a watertight seal when paired with an EcoFasten Solar compression bracket. Backed by IAPMO certification.

Image from REC Solar

Tile Hook Flashing

The Tile Hook Flashing is compatible with 3rd party tile hooks. The flashing replaces a complete tile, so there is no need for drilling, cutting, or grinding of tiles. The Tile Hook Flashing is available in 3 profiles: Flat, W and S.

Solar Snow Management

For solar arrays

Manufactured by sister company Alpine SnowGuards, our solar snow management options are the strongest on the market, due to their rugged design and aircraft-grade aluminum fabrication.  Ideal for roof-top solar arrays and carports, for both commercial and residential applications, and can be used with either portrait orientation or landscape arrays.

Eco-44

For low-slope roofs

The Eco-44 base plate is designed to be attached specifically to wood blocking or wood decking. Eco-44 can be used on new or existing roofs, and is used by countless manufacturers of ballasted solar racking systems.

 

Eco-44R-NDD

For SIPs panels and roofs built using wood decking or blocking

The base plate of the Eco-44R-NDD system requires 8 fasteners, allowing the system to be installed directly to the roof deck without engaging a rafter. The ECO-44R-NDD System can be used with a variety of Compression Bracket options, providing a customized solution. ECO-44R-NDD can be used on new or existing roofs.

 

QuikFoot

For slate or composition shingle roofs

The QuikFoot System includes a base plate installed with two self-drilling fasteners, providing an optimum pullout value and fast installation. When paired with an EcoFasten Solar Compression Bracket, the QuikFoot Flashing creates a watertight seal that will maintain the integrity of the roof. A variety of compression bracket options provide a customized solution, compatible with leading manufacturer’s solar racking.

 

Conduit Mount Brackets

For composition shingle, metal, or Tile roofs

The bracket is raised to lift electrical conduit off the roof, preventing the wiring from overheating, and is available in configurations for composition shingle, metal, and tile roofing applications.

 Visit us online for a look at all of our solutions!

Like our tagline says, we are “committed to the connection”

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EcoFasten Solar’s Rock-It System Used to Mount Microgrid at SPI

It’s that time of year. Leaves are falling to the ground, and another SPI has come and gone. With winter looming, and as everyone continues to settle back in after the show, I find myself feeling a bit nostalgic. Nostalgic for warmer, longer days, and nostalgic for the excitement of exhibiting at the largest solar trade show in North America. Winter of 2018 is just around the corner, and I just know it will fly by, as always seems to be the case when you truly love what you do.

EcoFasten Solar was there, and SPI 2017 definitely did not disappoint. Twenty thousand attendees flooded the show floor.

TWENTY. THOUSAND.

For proper perspective, the 2017 Pokémon GO Fest drew a little less than that. Not the same genre, I know, but that gives you an idea on the caliber of SPI….

Eighty different delegations, including over 1,000 international attendees were represented. It’s actually pretty hard to wrap your brain around.

With the solar industry being such a tight knit group, it’s always such a pleasure to see new faces, and to form new connections, new relationships, and new friendships.

The show this year was especially exciting for us. Not only because of the turnout, and not because we launched 4 new products this year, but because our Rock-It System was chosen as the rail-free racking solution for the on-site microgrid, which sat proudly displayed on a 50’ GES flatbed trailer.

Our awesome President, Brian, in true “Brian-form”, rolled up his sleeves, drove to Vegas and went to work helping set it all up along with the team from EMerge Alliance under the hot Vegas sun.

The microgrid has been such a hit that representatives from the Consumer Electronics Show asked to have the microgrid on display again at this year’s CES show, with an attending crowd of over 200,000. If you’ll be in Vegas the week of January 7th, there’s a good chance you’ll see it in person.

We hope all of our industry peers also had an enjoyable and successful show!

Until SPI 2018, where you’ll find us at the front of the show in a much larger space, please always feel free to contact us with questions, sample requests, product information needs, or just say hi!

And don’t forget, voting for Solar Power World’s 2017 Leadership in Solar Energy closes October 31st. Thank you in advance for voting for EcoFasten Solar in the Racking & Mounting category. Voted top Racking & Mounting company in 2016 is a great source of pride for us, so thank you to all those who have taken, or will take the time to vote again this year.

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The Integrity Of The Roof

Many of the solar installation professionals out there (hopefully) know that the biggest priority when installing an array is the act of maintaining the integrity of the roof. If you install an array and then weeks, months, or years later, the fastener points leak, your company’s integrity will most likely be on the line. No one wants that. Not you. Not your insurance company. Definitely not the homeowner.

If you aren’t already familiar with the line of EcoFasten Solar roof mounts, you can be confident in the fact that our systems won’t void roofing manufacturer’s warranties. Our President and founder is a former roofer whose career began back in the 1970’s. He knows that the roof itself comes first and foremost, and he also knows that cost and speed are also huge factors when it comes to any roofing job, whether that job is a re-roof, or the install of a solar array. (Yes, that’s actually him on the left, on a consulting job in Japan).

We work very closely with the top players in the industry in order to develop breakthrough watertight solar roof mount solutions that are versatile, simple, and secure. We employ a team ridiculously rich with talent, who understand the roofing and solar industry’s best practices so we can deliver products that do exactly what we say they’ll do.

So how do we do it?  The secret behind EcoFasten’s compression technology was actually first used in the 1990’s (and still is) by our Sister Company, Alpine SnowGuards. Having been tested to withstand even the most rugged environments, our systems have been proven time and again as not only waterproof options, but also as hassle-free, cost-effective options that are extremely fast to install.  Characterized by roof type, each system can be paired with a variety of brackets, giving the installer the freedom of attachment to almost all racking options out there.

The difference is the milled countersink in the base of our compression brackets. Depending on your roof type, our base plates, flashings and/or EPDM rubber bushings will form a watertight fit into the bracket’s countersink. Here’s a photo to help – showing how it all works on our GreenFasten system for composition shingle roofing.

Once installed, a compression-fit, completely watertight seal is formed, offering 4 levels of watertight protection.

Now that you know how it works, take a look at all of our options.  We have a system for all roof types, including:

Rail-Free Racking

Composition Shingle

Tile

Metal

Standing Seam

SIPs Panels

Low-Slope

Slate

On each product page you can view pricing, see the features & benefits unique to each system, download product guides and other documentation, and check out all compatible bracket options.

There’s a reason the top installers in the country rely on us.

Feel free to email us with any questions you might have about mounting solar on any roof – that’s what we’re here for!

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Does Your Solar Array Need Snow Guards?

Are you the proud owner of a solar array in a geographical area with winter conditions that include snow and ice? Congrats – you’re contributing to a healthier environment, AND you’re saving money at the same time.

Win/Win!

Whether you have a new array or are considering installing one, you should be aware that the accumulation of snow and ice on solar panels could cause a new problematic condition on your roof. The build-up of snow and ice on solar panels has the potential to form an avalanche phenomenon as accumulated snow and ice leave the surface of the solar panel array.

Why would you have this problem? Snow has never fallen off your roof in an avalanche before….

In North America, over 80 % of the roofs installed on residential construction are asphalt composition shingles. If you own a building with this type of roofing material and live in an area with snow and ice conditions, you have probably never experienced a significant roof avalanche. The reason for this is that the granules on the surface on the composition shingles function as friction. Snow and ice accumulations tend to cling to these granules, while melted snow and ice, in the form of running water, works its way out from underneath the accumulated mass as a function of gravitational pull. Many people describe this as “snow melting into the roof.”

However, if your roof surface is hard and smooth, and in the case of solar panels, glass, the melting runoff acts as a lubricant between the panel surface and the accumulated snow mass above. As this happens the panel surface becomes frictionless (no granules to allow water to run off as the mass is held in place) and the entire accumulated snow mass will release and come barreling off the solar panels like an avalanche. We’ve even created a hashtag for this phenomenon: #SolAvalanche

When a roof snow avalanche occurs, gutters are sometimes ripped off, expensive landscaping can be destroyed, cars and other items in driveways and on porches or deck are sometimes damaged, and pets may be in harm’s way – but most importantly it can become a serious hazard to pedestrians.

Alpine SnowGuards, the leader in rooftop snow management devices, and the sister company of EcoFasten Solar, has the remedy: Solar Snow Management.

We manufacture frame-mounted systems that will manage the snow and ice. Systems that have been engineered through years of research to provide a super low-profile.  In fact, we’re the originators of solar snow management!

Take a look at your options:

Solar SnowMax – R2

Designed for use on the eave-edge of the array, Solar SnowMax-R2 is the largest fence option, with the fence/bar measuring 2” tall for projects requiring a higher fence on the eaves. The grooved front accepts an optional black insert strip to match the panel frame.

Solar SnowMax – Standard

Our original solar snow management system, which was designed to be installed along the eave-edge of an array, has now shifted to being used for additional, up-slope tiers of snow management. The 1-inch high fence/bar on the Solar SnowMax-Standard is ideal for up-slope installation due to the low-profile, which minimizes shading.

Solar Snow Pads

Like Solar SnowMax-Standard, our Solar Snow Pad was also designed to be used when additional up-slope tires of solar snow management are needed. The unique trait about the Solar Snow Pads is that’ll also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which creates a hybrid system in that it can be used as pad-style snow management AND as a pipe-style system if you choose to add the rods.

Determining proper application is easy with our Solar Snow Management Application Guide!

Because the majority of panels don’t generate electricity along the edges, the shading effect is next to nothing. Take a look at our Solar SnowMax Shade Angle Analysis, which was based on factors like roof pitch, geographical latitude, snow load calculations and the overall height of the Solar SnowMax system.

Installers all over the country are already using Solar SnowMax. Shouldn’t you, too? Peace of mind is priceless.

Monitor your solar panels. Watch how snow and ice melts and falls from them.  Be mindful of paths, your driveway, your landscaping, your pets, and most importantly, pedestrians.

We would love to hear your observations – let us know YOUR personal experience with snow and ice on solar panels.

Questions? Just email us or give us a call at 888.766.4273 – that’s what we’re here for!

We keep snow in its place

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What’s New in Tile?

Here we are, hot off the heels of Intersolar….

In what seems like the blink of an eye, the industry will be meeting up again at SPI in Las Vegas!Late last week our trade show crates arrived back in our Phoenix facility, and we’re having a great time gearing up for our next product debut, which we’ll unveil to the industry at SPI (booth 4643).

SimpleTile-RB, without giving away too much, is that product. It’s one of those solutions that’ll leave you wondering why a system so simple isn’t already out there. I know that was my exact reaction.

More versatility. Less materials.

EcoFasten engineers have tested a handful of designs, and are confident that the one they landed on will leave installers impressed with the speed and ease of install. The cost-effectiveness doesn’t hurt either, along with the fact that the system employs our patented, watertight compression technology.

SimpleTile-RB:

  • Is customizable to each specific project
  • Replaces one complete tile
  • Eliminates cutting, drilling and grinding of tiles
  • Features a new attachment method
  • Allows a new approach to base and flashing alignment
  • Is available in configurations for flat, W and S tile profiles

So, come by booth 4643 and tell Alec, Elaine, Mike or Ryan that Jolene sent you (that’s me!), and that you want to see what’s new in tile.

While we’re on the subject of launching new products….I’ve been a part of the EcoFasten team since the summer of 2013. In just these 4 short years, I’ve worked on the testing initiatives as well as the marketing aspects of many new systems, all of which were launched at either Intersolar or SPI:

Intersolar 2017

3 entirely new systems made their first appearance on the floor of the Moscone Center:

SimpleBlock-PV – Rail-free racking for standing seam metal roofing

Rock-It System 4.0 – The new & improved rail-free Rock-It System

SimpleRack SR-X° – Engineered specifically for use on flat concrete roofs. Rail-free, fixed-position mounting

Intersolar 2016

Tile Hook Flashing – Ideal solution for flashing over 3rd party tile hooks

Rock-It System 2.0 – Pared down model, less materials, increased install efficiency

Intersolar 2015

Rock-It System, our first rail-free racking solution launches

SPI 2015

SimpleGrip-SQ – Engineered for solar mounting on low-slope and flat roofing

Intersolar 2014

Our Tile Flashing System, the first of its kind, debuts. The industry takes notice. Within months, a dozen or so similar systems started to inch their way into the solar arena.

CorruSlide, for corrugated metal, also made its industry debut at Intersolar ’14 and has become a go-to mounting solution for installs on metal roofing.

Will we see you at the Mandalay Bay again this year? We hope so.

If you’re there, stop by booth 4643, say hi to the crew, enjoy the install animations on our 3 big TV screens, and see all FOUR of our 2017 product debuts.

See you in Vegas! (Looking for some inexpensive things to do while you’re there? Check here).

Feel free to email us with any questions you might have about mounting solar on any roof – that’s what we’re here for!

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The Basics of PV Mounting on Various Roof Types

Before installing PV on any roof, it’s important to first have a good understanding of the basics.

Make sure you inspect the roof prior to PV array design, paying close attention to the following aspects:

  • Structural evaluation of the building
  • Structural evaluation of the roof
  • Age of the roofing materials
  • Type of roofing materials (especially important to determine the correct steps are taken in order to maintain the integrity of the roof)
  • Dirt build up
  • Pest damage
  • Condition of underlayment (as the primary source of waterproofing the roof, this step is absolutely essential)
  • Damage from past work (Remember, the last one on the roof is the one who gets blamed for damage, so repair any damage BEFORE installing PV)
  • Roof drainage
  • Roof traffic
  • Roof access and safety

Another important factor to consider on any installation is the need to pre-drill (and backfill). If you skip this step, you run the risk of cracking or splitting rafters, which will cause leaking and will ultimately be your fault. If it’s done the right way to begin with, there will be no headaches later on.

So, what are the unique differences and/or challenges that should be addressed when installing on specific roof types?

Composition Shingle

  • Nails – make sure to notch your flashing to fit around nails – this will ensure code compliance by allowing the flashing to extend up and under the third course of shingles
  • Position flashing between vertical joints of shingles for additional waterproofing measures

View EcoFasten Solar Comp Shingle Solutions

Tile

  • Try to keep your time on the roof to a minimum. Even the strongest tiles can be brittle and can break easily.
  • Be especially careful not to drop tools while on a tile roof.
  • Replace and cracked or damaged tiles prior to installing – think of it this way: the last person on the roof will usually be the one who is blamed for any recent damage.
  • Mission (clay) tile is fragile, and is not ideal to install over due to excessive risk of breakage. The “strip & go” method is often used, where the tiles are removed from the section of the roof that the array will be installed on, and replaced with asphalt shingles.
  • Make sure the flashing meets UL 441 standards as well as ICC-ES AC 286 4.1

View EcoFasten Solar Tile Solutions

Slate

  • The process/tips for installing on a slate roof are very similar to that of a composition shingle installation, but the slate tiles will need to be removed prior to installing – DO NOT drill through slate
  • For code compliance and waterproofing properties to remain intact on slate roofs, make sure the top edge of the flashing extends up and under the 3rd course of slate.

View EcoFasten Solar Slate Solutions

Metal

  • For installs on metal standing seam roofing, make sure to choose roof mounts that employ clamp-to-seam technology, which will never penetrate the roofing materials due to the use of set screws.
  • Make sure the mounts you use will not void roofing manufacturer’s warranties.
  • When installing on corrugated metal, it’s important to use a mount that either attaches to the ribs of the panel (as opposed to in the channel, where water flows and moisture accumulates), or to use mounts the employ waterproofing technologies such as EPDM rubber bushings that will form a compression-fit once the fastener is attached.
  • One of the advantages of installing a solar PV array to a metal roof is that metal is one of the longest lasting materials on the roofing market, so your chances of needing to re-roof prior to installation are slim.

View EcoFasten Solar Standing Seam Metal Solutions

View EcoFasten Solar Corrugated Metal Solutions

Low-Slope / Membrane

  • The roof must remain watertight!
  • In most low-slope roofing, this is achieved through flashing the attachment points
  • Different low-slope roof coverings will have different flashing requirements

View EcoFasten Solar Low-Slope Solutions

  SIPs Panels

  • Choose a mounting system that has a lightweight, durable construction that will enhance uplift and seismic values without adding additional weight
  • Opt for a system with a large base plate, allowing multiple attachments points to distribute compressive loads over standard insulation

View EcoFasten Solar SIPs Solutions

What else should you be aware of?

 Wind resistance

  • There are 3 zones for wind resistance analysis (Wind uplift could move or rip off and ruin the roof surface if the system is not engineered for the correct wind resistance):
    1. Field Zone- interior- lowest wind loads
    2. Perimeter Zone- ends- middle wind loads
    3. Corner Zones- highest wind loads
      • Wind uplift could move or rip off and ruin the roof surface if the system is not engineered for the correct wind resistance

Fire resistance

  • Roof Systems are classified for the level of fire resistance
    • Class A – highest rated (max spread of flames = 6 ft.)
    • Class B – max spread of flames = 8 ft.
    • Class C – max spread of flames = 13 ft.
  • The PV system must be engineered with materials to match the fire classification of the roof
  • The fire rating for PV components is governed by UL testing

Roof Warranty

  • Limited Manufacturer warranties may be void if design/install/maintenance procedures are not followed
  • Flashing must match the roofing manufacturers install instructions
  • Rooftop PV cannot interfere with roof maintenance
  • Work with roofing manufacturer and the roofing contractor

What about for different roof slopes?

    • Installing any roofing material on a roof with less than 3:12 pitch does not make it low-slope roofing
    • The minimum slope asphalt shingles should be installed on is typically 2:12 pitch
    • Low-slope roofs can be used on commercial roofing as well as residential
    • Low-slope roofs have a minimum ¼” rise over a 12” run (follow roofing manufacturer’s instructions)
    • All low-slope roofs must allow water to drain
    • Large commercial structures will have drainage paths
    • All low-slope roofs must have the ability to dry within 24 hours (humidity is an exception)
    • If the roof does not drain properly, bacteria and organic growth will appear on the surface of the roof
    • Organic growth will breakdown the roofing materials prematurely
    • Roof inspections increase the life of the roof, and should be done a minimum of twice per year
    • Low-slope roofs are often patched during roof inspections
    • Roofers look for signs of wear and patch the roof prior to any problems

Feel free to email us with any questions you might have about mounting solar on any roof – that’s what we’re here for!

www.ecofastensolar.com 

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EcoFasten Solar to Debut FOUR New Products at Intersolar!

With just 20 days separating us from opening day of Intersolar N.A., the excitement in the air is palpable here at EcoFasten Solar. Everyone from Marketing (hey wait, that’s me!), to sales, production and shipping is getting stoked. That familiar July feeling is here….on the home front, that’s a very welcome feeling, especially up here in VT, where we still had snow on the ground in May. And on the business side of things, it’s full steam ahead as we prepare to knock your socks off with our debut of FOUR new products!

We’ll be at booth 9433, so make sure to stop by, say hi to the crew, see the new systems, and walk away with a deeper understanding of why the top installers in the country have been relying on our easy to install, patented, watertight systems to make their time on the roof less time-consuming, and their installs the most secure.

We’ve launched products in the past at Intersolar – products like our first rail-free system, Rock-It System, the low-slope go-to system, SimpleGrip-SQ, CorruSlide for corrugated metal roofing….the list goes on. This year will be no different, and we know you’ll like what you see – the 4 new systems have been precision-engineered and are just waiting for you….

I’ll let our show staff talk to you about ALL the advantages of each system, and in the meantime, here’s a (very) brief overview of each. Like I said, we know you’ll like what you see.

SimpleBlock-PV

Our latest rail-free racking system, SimpleBlock-PV, was designed for standing seam metal roofing applications, and can also be used as a rail-based mounting system (no mid-clamps).

SimpleRack SR-X°

Engineered specifically to fill a void in the marketplace – PV on flat concrete roofs. This rail-free system offers fixed-position mounting, as well as the ability to extend the mounting height to accommodate things like roof vents. Already introduced to the Puerto Rico and Mexico markets, SimpleRack SR-X° (the X° is for “10 degrees”) is the ideal solution for flat concrete roofing applications.

Rock-It System 4.0

I don’t know why, but I’ve never been a fan of the term “new and improved”, but, well, that’s exactly what the Rock-It System 4.0 is. Designed for use on composition shingle and tile roofing, the 4.0 is faster and easier to install with simple, straightforward components. Compliant with UL 2703: First Edition, Rock-It System 4.0 features integrated electrical bonding and is Class A Fire Rated.

Tile System – Rail Based

The newest of the 4, the Tile System (not yet on our website) will deliver huge time-savings and cost-efficiency for arrays installed on tile roofing. The innovative flashing replaces one complete tile and eliminates the need for cutting, drilling or grinding of tiles. The system is competitive with tile hooks, yet offers a much faster, cleaner, and simpler install.

So, we’ll see you in 20 days, right?

We can’t wait! Remember, we’ll be at booth 9433. See you soon!

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3 Ways to Prevent a Solavalanche

Most of you already knew this, but in case you didn’t (it never hurts repeating), Alpine SnowGuards led the charge in engineering snow management systems that were designed specifically for use on solar arrays. In fact, we currently manufacture 3 systems, each with its own unique features, making deciding which system to go with a walk in the park!

So, what are these systems, and what are the differences between them? Taking a step back makes the most sense, so you can get a good feel of where the solar snow management idea stemmed from, as well as where it is now.

Because the face of solar panels are fabricated from glass, there’s no surface area/friction for snow to grip onto, and nothing to stop it from building up, eventually releasing in an avalanche manner, in the form of what we Alpine-ites like to refer to as a solavalanche.

If you live, work, or play in an area of the country that sees any accumulated snowfall, you know what I’m talking about….and you know the drill. Come to think of it, you probably know the noise, too: That shifting, sliding, melting snow that avalanches off your roof in one massive tha-wump. These solavalanches can damage expensive landscaping, vehicles, BBQ grills, gutters, plumbing vents….or worse, they can harm (and even kill) people and animals.

Enter Solar SnowMax, a frame-mounted solution that has become, over the years, a go-to for solar installers installing solar arrays in areas of the country that accumulate any amount of snow. Think about this: The calculated snow load of a single solar panel is approximately 800 lbs/panel (50 lbs/sf x 16 sf average per panel). It’s starting to make sense, right?

Take a look at our systems below:

Solar SnowMax-R2

Designed for use on the eave-edge of the array, Solar SnowMax-R2 is the largest fence option, with the fence/bar measuring 2” tall for projects requiring a higher fence on the eaves. The grooved front accepts an optional black insert strip to match the panel frame.

Installation Video:

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Solar SnowMax-Standard

Our original solar snow management system, which was designed to be installed along the eave-edge of an array, has now shifted to being used for additional, upslope tiers of snow management. The 1-inch high fence/bar on the Solar SnowMax-Standard is ideal for upslope installation due to the low-profile, which minimizes shading.

Installation Video:

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Solar Snow Pad

Just like Solar SnowMax-Standard, our Solar Snow Pads are also designed to be used when additional upslope tiers of solar snow management are needed. The unique trait about the Solar Snow Pads is that they also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which creates a hybrid system in that it can be used as pad-style snow management AND as a pipe-style system if you choose to add the rods.

Installation Video:

Determining proper application is easy with our Solar Snow Management Application Chart!

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Managing snow on solar makes sense. These snow management solutions have been proven as the strongest on the market, due to their rugged engineering and aircraft-grade aluminum fabrication. They’re ideal for roof-top solar arrays and carports, for both commercial and residential applications, and can be installed on either portrait or landscape orientation arrays. The frame-mounted fence systems have a grooved front to accept an optional black color insert strip, to match black panel frames.

Now is the time to start thinking about solar snow management, long before the snow flies, and before we all get busy with other things like, oh, I don’t know….enjoying summer ☼

(Above: My husband and Son at one of our favorite fishing spots)

If you’d like more information, visit the solar snow management section of our website. Everything you need is there, including product-specific documentation like cut sheets, assembly sheets, installation instructions, and specifications. Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions or would like to know more about our Solar SnowMax and Solar Snow Pad product line.

Alpine SnowGuards will be at Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas June 12-13 (print your free pass here), so if you’re there too, stop by booth 550 and we’ll show you our solar solutions, as well as answer any questions about our extensive line of rooftop snow management devices. We manufacture over 60 systems for all roof types, with countless custom snow guards under our belt!

If you’re a solar installer, our Sister company, EcoFasten Solar will be at Solar Power Texas in Austin (booth 10, June 13-14), Intersolar North America in San Francisco (booth 9433, July 11-13), and Solar Power International in Las Vegas (booth 841, Sep 11-13). We’ll have our solar snow management solutions with us, so come on over, say hi, and take a look at our complete product line, which includes solar roof mounts, components, and rail-free racking systems. EcoFasten Solar was voted #1 Racking & Mounting Company in 2016….come see what all the fuss is about!

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