Redesigned Roof-Integrated Solar Kit Is Easier to Install

GAF Energy launches an upgraded version of its solar roof product, DecoTech 2.0. According to the company, the redesigned product will deliver the same homeowner value and give installers a fast, easy, durable solar solution for customers. DecoTech 2.0 will maintain the same excellent aesthetic appeal of all GAF Energy’s products, while simplifying the installation process for installers. The upgraded system features wiring improvements for durability and safety. It also boasts fewer points of attachment and new fastener hardware for quicker and simpler installation.

“GAF Energy offers homeowners highly efficient roof-integrated solar in North America, now with an even more streamlined installation system. We need to be improving and innovating in this moment more than ever, and our new DecoTech 2.0 system delivers on that. Not only does our redesigned system simplify the installation process, but it can reduce costs and save our local roofing contractors time,” said Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy. “The goal is to provide a product to roofers that is as simple and easy to install as a non-solar roof, while delivering superior value.”

GAF Energy empowers roofing contractors across the United States with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels — which are typically drilled through the roof’s shingles — GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and is part of the primary water-shedding layer. New super high-efficiency solar panels optimize power output and maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to help reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion.

Homeowners interested in a new solar roof can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/homeowners/

Roofing contractors interested in installing GAF Energy products can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/roofers/

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy.

Rooftop Attachment Anchor Compatible With All Commercial Roofing Systems

OMG Roofing Products introduces PowerGrip Universal 7 (PGU-7), a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PGU-7 units are designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and labor on the roof. 

Designed with wind performance in mind, PGU-7units offer up to 2,051 lbf. (9.12 kN) of tensile strength, 1,581 lbf. (7.03 kN) of shear strength, and up to 2,214 lbf. (9.84 kN) of compressive load strength, making it one of the strongest roof anchors on the market today.

Made of heavy-duty cast aluminum, PGU-7 units include a base ring that is secured through the roofing assembly and into the structural roof deck, as well as a waterproof cover plate to prevent water from infiltrating the system. 

“Commercial rooftop solar has continued to grow at a steady pace,” said Kevin Kervick, solar business manager for OMG Roofing Products. “In addition, the prevalence of damaging storms has increased dramatically over the past few years, which has reinforced the market need for stronger roof anchor systems, such as PGU-7s, which are easy-to-install. With our full family of PowerGrip products, OMG Roofing Products can provide appropriate anchors for virtually any rooftop solar installation.”

PGU-7 units transfer wind uplift loads to the structural roof deck for maximum strength and effectiveness. The system does not require any membrane welding, and PGU-7 units are typically installed in less than five minutes, saving both time and labor when compared to alternative options. 

In addition to ballast and rail-based solar racking systems, PGU-7s can be used for many other roof mounted items such as pipe supports, step crossovers, raceways, satellite dishes, small antennas and HVAC applications.

For more information, visit www.OutofTheStoneAge.com or www.OMGroofing.com

Super High-Efficiency Panel for Roof-Integrated Solar System

GAF Energy introduces a super high-efficiency solar panel for use with its roof-integrated solar product. According to the company, the new Solaria panels are 16 percent more powerful than the previous offering, allowing homeowners to fit more roof-integrated solar capacity in a similar amount of space. By increasing solar capacity and production, the new solar panels can increase the long-term value of a GAF Energy solar roof to homeowners. 

 “Solaria panels are an exciting upgrade to our roof-integrated solar offering. These are top-of-the-line solar panels that are not only more powerful, but are sleek, black-on-black to improve the aesthetics of an already beautiful design. These are a premium offering, and nobody else in the market can offer the combination of roof-integrated, high-efficiency solar like GAF Energy,” said Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy. “By increasing the power and efficiency of the solar, we’re able to increase the value of our solar roof for our customers.” 

“Solaria’s goal has been to develop a no-compromise solar panel offering superior performance, aesthetics, and greater reliability to our customers,” said Suvi Sharma, CEO at Solaria Corporation. “We are pleased to offer that technology to power GAF Energy’s roof-integrated solar offering. This partnership brings two leaders together from the solar and roofing industry to transform passive roofs to solar roofs.”

GAF Energy empowers roofing contractors across the United States with a comprehensive and economical approach to solar installations. The GAF Energy solar system couples innovative, attractive, and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels — which are typically drilled through the roof’s shingles — GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and is part of the primary water-shedding layer. The new super high-efficiency solar panels optimize power output and maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to further reduce the risk of leaks and avoid animal intrusion. 

Homeowners interested in how to save money with a new solar roof can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/homeowners/

Roofing contractors interested in learning more about becoming a GAF Energy partner can find out more at: https://www.gaf.energy/roofers/

For more information, visit www.gaf.energy

Utility Mounting System for Metal Roofs

S-5! introduces the universal GripperFix utility system for standing seam, exposed-fastened, and trapezoidal metal roof profiles. Mount almost anything with this safe and cost-effective system that uses only struts, S-5! clamps or brackets and tabs. Install HVAC, satellite dishes, inverters, conduit, communication equipment, service walkways, light fixtures, and more without using improper materials that can compromise both the equipment and the integrity of the roof itself. Using concrete blocks for ballast is unsafe and causes destructive corrosion. According to the manufacturer, this all-aluminum and stainless system will last the life of the roof.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com

Standing Seam Solar Clamps Feature Non-Penetrating Design

AceClamp A2 along with the Solar Kit The AceClamp A2 along with the Solar Kit offers a low-cost alternative to secure photovoltaic (PV) panels to standing seam metal roofs. According to the company, the unique non-penetrating sliding pin design helps preserve the panel warranty by avoiding the types of damage that can happen from set screws. The clamps work with or without racking system, and the adjust to fit PV panels. The AceClamp can also be used with an L-Foot bracket design for mounting of rail systems used in other types of PV installations.

The AceClamp Solar Kit is fully assembled ready to be installed, minimizing labor costs. There is no bag of loose bolts, nuts or washers. The patented designs allow installation at any point on the seam. According to the manufacturer, the product installs easily and quickly, and can be adjusted even after accessories have been installed. The stainless steel serrated top and bottom flanges capture the PV panel and “bond” the panels frame-to-frame.

For more information, visit www.aceclamp.com.

3-D Modeling Tool Aids in Solar Design Projects

SmartRoofAurora Solar Inc., a solar design software company, offers SmartRoof, a tool that allows anyone to accurately and easily model residential and commercial sites for solar projects. According to the company, SmartRoof intelligently infers the internal structure of a roof after a few clicks, reducing solar design time and difficulty.

According to the company, SmartRoof requires just an outline of the perimeter of the roof to automatically infer its internal structure. It allows solar designers to drag and drop dormers into the model, integrating them into their respective roof planes seamlessly. The remote site modeling tool enables designers to insert folds and intersect multiple roof structures, making modeling of complex roof structures significantly easier. The resulting 3-D model has clean edges, right-angled corners, and evenly tilted roof planes, giving designers and solar salespeople alike the ability to easily create permit-ready models.

Christopher Hopper, CEO of Aurora Solar, said, “We started Aurora with the goal of developing technology that would enable anyone to design solar easily and quickly, without sacrificing quality. An accurate roof model is foundational to the residential solar design process, so we set out to rethink the modeling process from the ground up. After over a year of development, we’re proud to introduce SmartRoof: a novel way to model roofs that has the potential to revolutionize solar design.”

For more information, visit www.aurorasolar.com.

Rooftop Attachment Anchor Is Compatible with All Commercial Roof Systems

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced PowerGrip Universal, a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PowerGrip Universal is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal is designed with wind performance in mind and offers up to 3,300 lbf. (13.34 kN) of tensile strength, 2,500 lbf. (11.12 kN) of shear strength, and 2,000 lbf. (8.9 kN) of compressive load strength.

Made of cast aluminum, PowerGrip Universal units are designed with a base ring that gets secured through the roofing cover and into the structural roof deck, and a waterproof cover plate to keep water from infiltrating the roof assembly.

PowerGrip Universal units are easy to install, saving both time and labor when compared to alternative options. The system is designed to transfer the load to the structural roof deck, and does not require any membrane welding. PowerGrip Universal units are typically installed in less than five minutes.

In addition to commercial solar rack systems, PowerGrip Universal can be used for other roof mounted items such as pipe supports, step crossovers, raceways, satellite dishes, small antennas and HVAC applications.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a manufacturer of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, edge metal systems, drains, pipe supports and productivity tools. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (800) 633-3800 or visit OMGRoofing.com.

Solar Bracket Designed to Fit Trapezoidal Roofing Profiles

S-5! RibBracket I-IVS-5! announces the release of the RibBracket I-IV products, shaped to provide a perfect fit to most common trapezoidal roof shapes. According to the manufacturer, the RibBracket I-IV is thoroughly tested for strength, has no moving parts and is flexible enough to fit varying trapezoidal widths.

A higher profile ensures more space between the roof and any devices attached to the roof, while the four attachment points offer greater holding strength. RibBracket I-IV is designed for convenient wire management and ease of installation for a solar system. RibBracket I-IV and the accompanying fasteners come with a factory-applied EPDM rubber gasket seal attached. The reservoir conceals the bracket EPDM from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracking.

With four different shapes, RibBracket I-IV can properly fit the vast majority of trapezoid profiles found globally, giving installers the confidence of having the right bracket for their roof and project.

Solar Mounting System Features Carbon Steel Finished Frame

The framing of the solar mounting system features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123.

The framing of the solar mounting system features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123.

PHP Systems/Design, a designer and manufacturer of rooftop pipe and equipment support systems, has introduced a solar mounting system.
 
The PHP Solar Panel Mounting System’s base material is made from injection molded high density/high impact polypropylene with UV-inhibitors and antioxidants. The framing features a carbon steel finish that is hot dip galvanized per ASTM A 123. This system addresses height, wind and heat concerns with regard to solar panel installations.
 
The PHP Solar Panel Mounting System is designed to support a variety of solar panels and can be used for any type of roof; from flat roofs to roofs sloped up to 2 in 12. Seismic and high wind applications are available for solar support applications. 

Dome Commercial Skylights Boast Balanced Light, Structural Performance

Dynamic Dome commercial skylights feature a proprietary wicking system, which evacuates condensation to the skylight exterior.

Dynamic Dome commercial skylights feature a proprietary wicking system, which evacuates condensation to the skylight exterior.

VELUX Dynamic Dome commercial skylights are engineered to reflect less light and harvest more light, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. The focus of the design is on maximizing low-sun-angle performance. This can result in reduced energy costs; electric lights can be turned off earlier in the day and will not have to be turned back on until later in the day. Other features include a proprietary wicking system, which evacuates condensation to the skylight exterior, and an encapsulating design that provides a water barrier with a 100 percent thermally broken skylight frame.