Interview with S-5! Metal Roof Innovations
BriteStreet: What would you say is S-5!’s primary goal or mission?
S-5!: S-5!’s Mission is to provide metal roof attachments the RIGHT way. S-5! Is a testing, manufacturing and innovation company that provides metal roof attachments to attach almost anything to metal roofs and provides roof attachment solutions for almost any roof profile. We have generated over 900 test reports and have tested well over 500 roof panel profiles. No other attachment company has anywhere close to the quantity and quality of testing S-5! This is probably why we have been used on over 1.9 million roofs worldwide!
BriteStreet: What is your most popular product you sell to the Solar Industry?
S-5!: The S-5! Direct Attach PV kit – The concept of combining photovoltaic arrays with standing seam metal roofing is growing—and for good reasons. A standing seam metal roof has a life expectancy consistent with that of framed PV modules. For example, A 30-year power source on a 40-year roof, along with zero-penetration technology, creates the most sustainable roof system available with alternative power generation, all without compromising the roof manufacturer’s warranty!
BriteStreet: What are some benefits of using Direct Attach with S-5! PV kit?
S-5!: Using a direct attach method such as S-5! UL/ETL listed PV kit provides for the most cost effective and time efficient installation method of PV panels available. It eliminates the need for racking by utilizing the standing seam as the rail.
Reduce cost of product/materialsReduced installation time = cost savingsUL/ETL listed PV kit allows for bonding within the rows, eliminating the need for costly copper and lugs saving valuable installation time and moneyCleaner flush mount look aesthetically pleasingEliminates the added weight of the racking system Save on shipping on long hall vs. racking
BriteStreet: What racking companies can you use S-5! With?
S-5!: S-5! Has been used with almost every racking manufacturer’s product, including Unirac, IronRidge, Schletter, Zilla, Pro-Solar, Mounting Systems, Renusol, Pro-Solar and many others.
BriteStreet: Do you have anything big coming up in your pipeline we should know about?
S-5!: Yes! We will be co-sponsoring SOMO. SOMO is the first training conference dedicated solely to the art and science of mounting rooftop and ground solar. The event is co-sponsored by SEIA and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the industry’s most trusted certification board. Many of the SOMO training courses will come with NABCEP certification credits. It will be held in California January 1-3.