About Universal® Clamps
Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems family of Universal® Clamps provides customers with simple, dependable, tested clamping solutions for attaching loads to any standing seam, metal roof.
Solar Innovations® installed a photovoltaic panel system on the roof their corporate office and manufacturing facility in 2010. In true Solar fashion, and because there was a need within the market, Solar Innovations® developed the new Universal® Clamps, a standing seam roof clamp for the safe attachment of racking and panel systems, using it’s own 3,000+ panel installation as the testing grounds.
Most knowledgeable installers are aware that some clamps used to attach photovoltaic panels to standing seam roofs require pressure points, which may cause possible holes. Points of wear and exposure to corrosion are never desirable on a roof, no matter how small they appear or how well they are sealed.
The Universal® Clamp is designed to attach loads to flanged materials and standing seam roofing by using an innovative design which uses continuous pressure contact against the attachment surface. This prevents permanent damage to the roof while balancing the load over the span of the clamp not on an isolated point of contact. Installation is simple, and the roof is never compromised. An extruded part called a hammer was designed to fit into the Universal® Clamp to reduce pressure placed on the seam. The hammers maintain a continuous point of contact with the mounting surface,so there is no threat of damage to the roof. This is accomplished by spreading the load of the clamp over the total hammer rather than the points of two fasteners.
The hammers can also be included with an isolator, to reduce concerns related to vibration and metal edges. Custom hammers and custom clip lengths and depths can be designed with Universal® Clamps. The Universal® Clamp is compatible with the majority of racking systems, not only those installed by Solar Innovations®. Custom designs are available on project specific applications as needed.
Various hammer designs solve the mounting problems from custom flanges and seams. Currently, Solar has five varieties: Standard Standing Seam, Standard Standing Seam with Insulators, “L” Type Standing Seam, Round Standing Seam, and Thin Standard Standing Seam.
The Universal® Clamp is supplied with the required Stainless Steel hardware for installation of the clamp, as well as mounting an object to the clamp. This innovative design utilizes an extremely efficient manufacturing process, resulting in quick installation, high performance, and an innovative solution.
If you have questions about Universal® Clamps, renewable energy systems, or if you would like some help deciding which system is best for you, please give us a call at 800-618-0669, and ask the operator to refer you to the next available clamp representative.