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Removable panels give roof flexibility

Posted 04/3/2017

Ronnie McGlothlin, president and owner at Empire Roofing Inc., wanted to install a standing seam roof system on his private residence in Fort Worth, Texas.Ronnie McGlothlin, president and owner at Empire Roofing Inc., wanted to install a standing seam roof system on his private residence in Fort Worth, Texas. "When I bought it, it had a heavy shingle roof and it was in good shape," McGlothlin says. "Hail damage gave me the reason to replace it with the standing seam metal roof I always wanted."

McGlothlin says part of what he found attractive about the standing seam panels was the ability to replace one or two panels if they get damaged. "If a panel is damaged by weather or by someone working on the roof, I can just replace the damaged panel or panels," he says. "I don't have to tear off panels all the way to one end or the other."

Empire Roofing does primarily commercial and industrial projects; residential projects are rare. The company's crew faced two primary challenges. First, there were many cuts and valleys in the roof. Empire Roofing installed 5,500 square feet of McElroy Metal's 16-inch-wide 138T standing seam roof system in PVDF Slate Gray for the project. The cuts and valleys also result in a benefit. Scrap is reduced on these types of jobs with a symmetrical panel because panel ends cut at an angle for a hip or valley condition can be flipped around and used on the same roof plane.

Another challenge on the job was access. The eaves on the front of the house are 30 feet in the air, it was safer and easier to work from the back, carrying panels over the ridge to the front of the house.

The project also included a 14Kw solar panel system. Alba Energy LLC installed 42 LG Electronics Inc.'s NeOn2 315-watt solar panels and an inverter with DC optimizers supplied by SolarEdge Technologies Inc. The crystalline solar panels were attached to the symmetrical standing seam roofing with S-5!'s clips. The project was completed in August 2016.

Installer: Empire Roofing Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, empireroofing.com
Solar panels installer: Alba Energy LLC, Austin, Texas, albaenergy.com
Metal roof panels: McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La., www.mcelroymetal.com
Power inverter: SolarEdge Technologies Inc., Fremont, Calif., www.solaredge.com
Solar attachment clips: S-5!, Colorado Springs, Colo., www.s-5.com
Solar panels: LG Electronics Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., www.lg.com

 

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