Use DensDeck® Prime and DensDeck® StormX™ Prime Roof Boards to support photovoltaic paneling weight and add protection against fire hazards.
As more people and businesses discover the benefits of using renewable energy to power their buildings, solar-powered roofing’s popularity continues to grow. But the heavy equipment overhead needs sturdy support below, if you’re going to avoid potential sources of damage that can come with it. Photovoltaic (PV) equipment requires a sturdier cover board to support the wear of installation, and withstand the weight of the paneling. Including a cover board in the PV roofing assembly adds extra support for the duration of the roof’s life, including protection from the extra abuse associated with the maintenance of the solar panels.
PV installation takes added labor and equipment, which can introduce more opportunities for punctures in the roof membrane. Puncture and impact resistance help ensure roofing assembly longevity. DensDeck® Prime and DensDeck® StormX™ Roof Boards’ puncture resistance helps the assembly maintain durability under the pressing weight of the solar equipment, while withstanding potential dropped tools during maintenance support.
Designed to attract the light of the sun, PV paneling must internalize its heat without sparking an actual fire. DensDeck® Prime and DensDeck® StormX™ Roof Boards provide a durable substrate to attach to and support the additional roof assembly materials and are also approved under important fire standards (UL 790 Classification, FM Class 1 Approvals, and zero flame spread and zero smoke development per ASTM C1177).
Installation is loud; there’s simply no way around it. But updating an existing roofing system with modern PV paneling can be as minimally invasive as possible. Adding a DensDeck® Prime or DensDeck® StormX™ cover board to the roof assembly can help reduce sound transmission both at installation and for future maintenance and repair work.
Functioning photovoltaic systems take ongoing maintenance to keep the equipment running and safe from sparking accidental fire. Investing in adding a DensDeck® Prime or DensDeck® StormX™ Roof Board to the assembly to support your roof’s solar paneling can help enhance the structure’s much-needed compressive and flexural strength to support the double-duty work over years of constant use.