This explains the basics of what needs to be taken into consideration when putting a solar array on your roof.

Tin Roof (Roof Screws)tin kit

This is by far the easiest option – we love the typical Australian corrugated roof! We use a simple aluminium L foot with a heavy gauge stainless roofing screw – NO new holes required as we reuse the current screw holes.

See a example on a trim deck roof, again just reusing an existing roof screw hole.

Tile Roof

Tiles come in all shapes and sizes, they can be loose and easy to move or tight fitting like lego.

  • A standard application will be to lift a tile and insert a stainless steel roof hook.
  • A tile that’s very tight fitting will need a special low profile bracket, perhaps the tile may need some grinding for precise fitting. See heretile kit
  • Impossible to move – often if we are working close to the ridge capping or tiles are impossible to move we move to a water tight bolt. These bolts are specifically designed to seal the roof as they are tightened in position. See here and here
  • SLATE is by far the biggest challenge – but not impossible.To retrofit is quite a project, so we often work with the roofer as the slate is being placed. We use a special solar slate system in these situations. The other option if replacing tiles, is to consider a nu-lok solar tile system. Typically Australia Wide solar will work with your ‘roof state tiler’ on these projects.

Concrete Roof2015-02-09 13.06.08

With a flat concrete roof we use a stainless steel threaded rod installed directly to the roof. After the rod is installed, water proofing will be arranged to establish a permanent water tight seal.

Klip Lock Roof / Standing Seam (No roof Screws)

klipklamp_classi_700vFor a Klip Lock roof we use a special clamp that grabs onto the seams. The Clamps in position are very strong and mean no new roof holes.

For a Standing seam roof, its the same idea with a  special clamp that screws in position. See here and here.

Tilt FramesMittagong 04

Frames come in many forms and can be positioned in many places. We have frames from ground level through to 60 floors up. Every design is bespoke to produce the best yields for the customer. Often North facing, however not all the time, read more.

For a simple roof application we will often use a kit frame system, through to a custom build at a large commercial scale like this one at Brookvale “The Lifestyle Building”

Ballast

When we have no possible way to attach to a roof – sometimes a Ballast system is the only way forward. With several solutions available this is no problem.Ballast System 02

For some more images – SEE HERE

 

Attaching the panels to the rails

All these mounting systems require some rail to secure the panels to the various fixings. Panels will have small gaps between them and also some small sections of rail overhang as seen HEREpanel attachment to rail

Testimonials

What’s great about the feed-in tariff is that I can now go on holiday and my roof is still earning for me!

Solar power had been very expensive until the government ..read more

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