Frank Kline
I am working on a new facility for NASA where tasked to utilize LEED criteria. I have settled on a pitched standing seam roof system. I will be utilizing new peel-n-stick Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on the metal roofing. I want to utilize the availability of high reflectance and emissivity metal roofing. I was told that the temperature difference between where the PV panel are and where there not will cause problems with expansion and the loosening of fasteners. I am trying to design a roof structure that would help lessen this problem. Any Ideas? I was thinking of a above sheathing ventilation system or something that would utilize ventilation properties to lessen the transmitted heat. What about condensation if I use a non-vented system? Commercial building, 10000 sf.
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
I am not aware of any expansion issues with the situation you mention. Good attic ventilation is one option to avoid condensation issues. Talk with your metal roofing manufacturer in more detail.
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