Check Out Our New Podcast – Solar Roof Talk!

Quick Mount PV is proud to present Solar Roof Talk, a monthly podcast series for rooftop solar installers and others in the solar industry. Hosted by solar industry veterans, Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Policy & Susan Stark, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional&Product Specialist.

In this first episode, Jeff and Sue discuss key takeaways from the recent NABCEP CE Conference 2017 in Dallas and recap the following sessions:

  • Residential Roof Racking Systems – Rail vs Rail-less and Building Integrated PV Panel
  • Wiley Burndy Solar Solutions for Grounding, Bonding & Wire Management
  • SEI PV with Energy Storage for Residential Applications
  • Rapid Shutdown Requirements and Solutions Panel
  • UL 2703 – PV System Bonding/ Grounding and Fire Classification Panel
  • Calculating Payback in a Post NEM Market Panel

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Stop by our booth at SPI and check out our exciting new products!

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We are getting excited for Solar Power International next week and wanted to share with you what we have in store! So stop by our booth (#1412) and say hello. What are you looking forward to checking out at the show? See you in Vegas!

 

Quick Rack™

Introducing Quick Rack, an innovative rail-free QR-Johan-275
mounting system that significantly increases speed and ease of solar installations. Quick Rack will be featured at our booth with live product presentations so stop by and learn more.

Quick Rack, featuring QRack™ technology, is an integrated roof mount and racking system, engineered to be robust and structurally sound. Quick Rack is fast and easy to install, with only a few components and minimal tools required. Quick Rack features integrated flashing and grounding, requiring only one ground lug for up to 300 contiguous modules.

Eliminating long rails significantly reduces material handling, installation time, and labor costs. The Quick Rack system also features our patented Elevated Water Seal. This ensures long-term water seal integrity and waterproofing for the life of the roof and solar array. Quick Rack also comes with design software, ensuring every solar array is accurately designed and code-compliant.

 

Quick Hook® Series

To better meet your needs in the tile market, we’re updating our Quick Hook product line to work with a broader range of tiles and mounting options. Quick Hook, featuring QHook® technology, is now designed for use with side-mounted or bottom-mounted rails. Multiple height options allow for use with a variety of tiles. Includes preformed flashing for code compliance. Updated hooks will be available in late November but we will have a special sneak peek at our booth at SPI. Current Quick Hooks products will continue to be available until then.

Quick Hook® SS/LS – For Side Mount RailsQH-SideMount
Standard height & low height hooks for side-mounted rails. Preformed flashing and adjustable hook with 6″ base for simple, clean installation.
Available finishes: aluminum mill (A)

Quick Hook® SB/LB – For Bottom Mount RailsQH-BottomMount
Standard height & low height hooks for bottom-mounted rails. Preformed flashing and adjustable hook with 6″ base for simple, clean installation.
Available finishes: aluminum mill (A)

Download our tile product brochure for more information. (PDF 514KB)

 

Classic Composition & E-Mount Series

The Classic Comp Mount andE-Mount Lag E-Mount, featuring our patented QBlock® Elevated Water Seal technology, are now available with three attachment options: standard 6″ hanger bolt, extended 6.5″ hanger bolt, or lag screw.

 

Extended Warranty

We have doubled warranty coverage for our QBlock®, QBase® and QHook® line of solar roof mounts to 20 years. Effective Sept. 1, all solar mounts featuring the patented technologies QBlock, QBase and QHook, will be covered with a 20-year limited product warranty. Our engineering, ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing, and years of field experience means we can stand behind our products for decades.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. We look forward to seeing you next week in Las Vegas!

Installing Solar on Tile Roofs – Don’t Forget the Base Flashing

One of the most common code violations we see in tile roof PV system installations is the failure to install a base flashing. However, flashing at the underlayment level is highly recommended as it is required by the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). While tile routes most the rainwater off the roof, water routinely blows up between tiles and the underlayment serves as the ultimate waterproofing of the deck. Standoffs, tile hooks, tile tracks, or hanger bolts without base flashing are vulnerable to leaks, and are a fundamental code violation. Violating this important code requirement puts your customers and your business at risk since the installer is legally responsible for any resulting leak damage.

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Above tile mounts are missing base flashing and are therefore violating the TRI guidelines and the building code.

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Code compliant base flashing being installed using the TRI approved underlayment bibbing method.

The alternate method of sealing base flashing is the TRI approved 3-coursing method shown above on Quick Mount PV's, Quick Hook product.

The alternate method of sealing base flashing is the TRI approved 3-coursing method shown above on Quick Mount PV’s, Quick Hook product.


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Above photo shows evidence of water running down the underlayment. This is why the TRI requires base flashing.

The TRI guidelines specify the flashing requirements for penetration flashing, and the TRI Technical Brief for Solar Systems (#2008-01) specifically states Deck mounted or other systems that penetrate the tile or roof deck shall have both primary roof tile flashing and secondary deck flashing. Since tile hooks do not penetrate the tile, you only need a base flashing, but you MUST have a base flashing. Base flashing must be installed using either underlayment bibbing or 3-course sealing to the base level.

Since the IBC and IRC codes require installing flashings per the roofing manufacturer guidelines, the TRI guidelines become the code requirements for all member companies. You can find a full list here. To add further validity to the TRI guidelines, they have been certified with the International Code Council using the ICC Evaluation Service Report system. – ICC-ESR-2015P and some TRI member companies including the two largest tile manufacturers (Boral/Monier and Eagle) even specify the TRI flashing guidelines in their ICC Evaluation Service Reports:

So always remember to install base flashing. Your customers will thank you, and you will protect your contracting business from the legal liability of avoidable roof leaks.

Quick Mount PV offers both live trainings and free webinars on installing flashed solar mounts on tile roofs. For more information, visit our website.