Liverpool, 6 August 2015 – S:FLEX, manufacturer of mounting systems for photovoltaic on-roof and ground-mount systems and trade partner for installation companies, is expanding its pitched roof product portfolio with the introduction of a new roof hook and a new wood screw. These two components ensure the easy and secure installation of PV systems onto roofs with narrow rafters from 33 mm while still conforming to the edge of rafter distances prescribed by Eurocode 5.
The base plate of the new S:FLEX roof hook has an optimised hole pattern which, with just 2 screws, guarantees a stable fix even onto particularly narrow rafters. In combination with the newly developed S:FLEX wood screw, installation is now possible without splitting rafters. This is all thanks to the design of the screw: the hardened tip and the flat thread reduce the turning requirements and therefore minimise the risk of rafters splitting. This saves the time and cost of doubling up rafters in order to undertake an installation in accordance with the industry rules.
“Time and time again, installers were faced with the problem that there was no easy and quick installation option available for these problematic roofs which conformed to the edge of roof rafter distances prescribed by Eurocode 5” says Terry Hughes Director of S:FLEX UK. “In the UK in particular, but also in other European markets, roofs are often built with narrow rafters. With these new products we have developed a solution for narrow rafters for our customers which can also be used on standard roofs”.
Along with the optimised base plate, the new roof hook also retains the functionality to be expected of an S:FLEX roof hook. Besides the dog legged shape of the handle, avoiding pressure being placed on the roof tile, it has a wide range of adjustability allowing it to be horizontally and vertically adjustable to ensure the optimal positioning to the roof tile as well as allowing the mounting system to be installed completely level even where the roof is uneven.
Further information about S:FLEX solutions can be found at www.sflex.com
S:FLEX develops PV mounting systems for ground-mounted, flat roof and pitched roof installations. With its bases in Germany, France and Spain, and its UK and US subsidiaries, the company is a trading partner for wholesalers and installers. As a provider for mounting structures whose services range from planning and short-term delivery to installation support, the S:FLEX team can build on over 25 years of experience and proven practical expertise in the photovoltaic market. Its product range includes prefabricated and partially pre-assembled substructures, and if required tailor-made solutions that are developed in close coordination with partners. For more information, please visit our website at: www.sflex.com