Installation Videos

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9 Quick tips before you start watching
 

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The Total Roof Platform uses the same design on each roof surface, meaning that after you've installed the roof connection kit, the rails, module clamps, and bonding process is the same.

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Ballasted systems and metal roofs vary greatly, so proper engineering and design should be completed prior to purchasing mounting hardware. Not all Roof Connection Kits apply to all roof types.

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Before installation, it’s important to review project-specific design packets and product install instructions.

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Some project-specific install steps may need to be evaluated to ensure they are tailored to fit your project design and size.

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You’ll hear us refer to metal decks with screws visible from the surface as Exposed Fastener, but of course these go by other names like screw-down, trapezoidal, corrugated.

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Be sure to employ proper rooftop practices and safety gear.

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Have a plan before you start loading the roof with product — proper staging will make your installation much more efficient.

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We recommend starting in the south-west corner and building out the array from there. Some rooftops won’t lend themselves to starting in this location, but installation drawings will show measurements to the assumed starting point. Measurements are given from the inside of the parapet or roof edge to the south-west corner of the first block.

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For help or questions, contact us by email info@hbsolar.ca or call 1.844.901.9993.

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BLOCKMOUNT2 - BLOKGRAB SOLID

LOW-SLOPE BALLASTED

 

BLOCKMOUNT HOLLOw

LOW-SLOPE BALLASTED

 

  • BlokGrab Hollow was designed to be used with hollow masonry blocks. It’s important to use high-density blocks that have at least 3000psi. In general, Hollow blocks are more dense than solid blocks.
  • The different block heights can be used in different combinations to create the desired tilt angle — 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” are the most common.
  • A 6” in the front with an 8” in the rear will provide roughly a 3° tilt.
  • An 8” in the front with a 12” in the rear will provide you with roughly a 5° tilt.
  • Our designers and engineering team will specify the block combination that best achieves your project goals.
  • Note that a 12” block should never be used for the front of a row due to wind stress.
  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Blockmount Hollow installation. The second part of a Blockmount Hollow installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.
 

BLOCKMOUNT Integrated

LOW-SLOPE BALLASTED

 

  • This block option has gone through freeze thaw testing, and we have installed tens of MWs over the last 5 years. The block is manufactured in Toronto.
  • This option of Blockmount2 makes the most sense in the Ontario and Northeast US markets.
  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Blockmount Integrated installation. The second part of a Blockmount Integrated installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

FLASHGUARD SHINGLE

FLASHING

 

  • The FlashGuard product is approved by major manufacturers of Asphalt Shingles and is compatible with any racking that uses a T-bolt with a diameter of 3/8” or less. 
  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Flashguard installation. The second part of a Flashguard installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

 

Bridgerail Railless Flushmount

FOR EXPOSED FASTENER METAL ROOF

 

  • It’s important to note that Bridgerail is not suited for every environment. Extreme high-wind speeds or thin-gauge metal may not support the PV system properly. Through physical testing, we have gained an understanding of uplift capacity and how to utilize the product based on design criteria specific to each site.
  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Bridgerail installation. The second part of a Bridgerail installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

Bridgerail as a base for a tilt system

ON EXPOSED FASTENER METAL ROOF

 

  • It’s important to note that Bridgerail is not suited for every environment. Extreme high-wind speeds or thin-gauge metal may not support the PV system properly. Through physical testing, we have gained an understanding of uplift capacity and how to utilize the product based on design criteria specific to each site.
  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Bridgerail installation. The second part of a Bridgerail installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

DECK BRACKET

ON EXPOSED FASTENER METAL ROOF (VICERACK)

 

  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Deck Bracket installation. The second part of a Deck Bracket installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

AG BRACKET

ON EXPOSED FASTENER METAL ROOF

 

  • This video demonstrates the first part of an AG Bracket installation. The second part of an AG Bracket installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

 

Roof Channel

ON EXPOSED FASTENER METAL ROOF

 

  • The Roof Channel is ideal for screw-down metal roofs with wood framing, such as agricultural barns and garages.

  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Roof Channel installation. The second part of a Roof Channel installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

 

Skyrack Standing Seam Flushmount

 

  • On roofs with standing seams, seam clamps are ideal. They don’t penetrate the roof, and yet provide the necessary capacity to install PV. There are many different seam profiles and seam clamps, so it’s important to ensure the clamp fits properly. The TRP can accommodate nearly any clamp on the market. 

  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Standing Seam installation. The second part of a Standing Seam installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

Vicerack Standing Seam Tilt System

 

  • This video demonstrates the first part of a Standing Seam Tilt installation. The second part of a Standing Seam Tilt installation is exactly the same as BlokGrab Solid, so after you watch this video you'll want to watch the BlokGrab Solid video from 7:00 onwards.

 

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