Advanced Platform Installation Videos

Welcome to our thoughtfully-produced tutorial library.

You may notice that the profiles in some of our aluminum hardware in the video series are different than the details in our Datasheets and Install Guides. This is because we’ve updated the profiles to increase performance and/or cost competitiveness. The information contained in the Datasheet and Install Guides is accurate and reflects the parts currently being shipped. In general, the application and installation process is the same.

9 QUICK tips before you start watching

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The Advanced 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@advancedracking.com or call 540.491.4091.
 

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BLOCKMOUNT 2 BLOKGRAB SOLID

LOW-SLOPE BALLASTED

 

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 Advanced Platform 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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