Magnificent Metal Monday – Standing Seam Metal Roof Ideal for Solar

Solar Ready Metal Roofing Project Wins First Place in ATAS International’s 2020 competition for Commercial Roofs Category

Each year, ATAS International, Inc., holds an annual “Project of the Year” competition to recognize projects, large or small, that feature ATAS metal panels. Given last week’s METALCON Live! focus on the solar industry, check out this first-place award winner for the commercial roofs category in ATAS International’s 2020 competition announced in June of this year. The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, features Field-Lok standing seam metal roof panels, manufactured by ATAS in Dove Grey .040 aluminum. The panels, with a 2” seam height and 15-¼” panel width, were mechanically seamed, followed by the installation of photovoltaic panels. The 2” Field-Lok panel is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements.

As featured by DesignandBuildwithMetal, the article explained, “Standing seam metal roofing is an ideal choice for solar systems, due to its long service life. When installing a crystalline system (typically warranted for 25 years of power generation), a building owner benefits from a roofing substrate that has a greater life expectancy than the solar panels. Standing seam metal panels also provide a natural platform for attaching crystalline systems without any roof penetrations, using clamps that attach to the panel seams. Additionally, highly reflective roofs with cooler rooftop temperatures result in better performance of the solar panels.”

The article also highlighted these additional project details: The 35,000 square foot Riverview Branch Library was designed in old Florida grandeur style by FleischmanGarcia Architecture of Tampa, Florida. The library was designed to Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Some of the building’s features contributing toward LEED certification include the rooftop solar panel power system, an electric car charging station, native/drought-resistant landscaping, and patio furniture made from recycled plastic bottles. Ken Zuker, Senior Associate with FleischmanGarcia Architecture, stated, “The county commissioner dictated a sloped roof for this building. Because it’s a county building with an expected life span of 50 to 60 years, a metal roof was the obvious choice. Since 340 solar panels were going to be installed on the roof, we chose aluminum for the metal substrate due to its longevity.” The contractor, Alpha Roofing and Sheet Metal of Orlando, Florida, installed a total of 44,276 square feet of Field-Lok, which included some tapered panels. Tapering panels in the factory ensures quality and dimensional accuracy, as well as easier installation in the field. The metal roofing was purchased through Beacon Building Products of Orlando, Florida.

The winners are selected by a panel of judges, independent of ATAS, and receive recognition in national trade publications. If anyone is interested in submitting for 2021, a project entry for must be complete no later than this December 31 and any projects completed within the preceding calendar year are eligible. For more information, click HERE. For a look at all of the winning 2020 projects, click HERE.

And for a look at the most recent METALCON Live! Webinar, “Growth of Solar and Emergence of Net Zero Construction,” click the below link:

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