K-Grip Clamps for Klip-lok, Saflok, Domitec, etc.

S-5-K Grip-on-seam The S-5!® K-Grip-clamps were specifically developed to fit Klip-lok, Klip-Rib, Domitec, Saflok and other similar bulb snap-together seams. The design utilizes multiple inserts (sold separately) in order to accommodate a variety of bulb snap together profiles.

The K-Grip-Clamps, made of Aluminium, are suitable for all roofing materials except copper.

There are 2 options of K-Grip-Clamps:

 Montage auf Beispiel-Profil
S-5-K-Grip-Clamp and GX50-Insert
K-Grip-Clamp  and GX50 – Insert
S-5-K-Grip-Mini und GXM10 – Insert
K-Grip-Mini and GXM10 – Insert
S-5-K-Grip Klemme

The K-Grip-Clamp with two bolts sideways, one centered M8 thread on top and M8 stainless steel bolt, is used for heavy demands and in theS-5!  ColorGard® snow retention. K-Grip-Clamp is packed with 20 pieces per box. 

S-5-K-Grip-Mini Klemme

The K-Grip-Mini with one bolt sideways and a M8 thread on top is utilized in various instances when multiple clamps are required for the attachment of rigid objects to the seams, e.g. rail systems for solar installations, S-5-PVKIT® 2.0, rail systems, RoofTech tube snow retentions, walkways, signs, satellite dishes, cable trays, pipe and cable laying, etc.. K-Grip-Mini is packed 40 pieces per box. 

From 2021, the S-5!® Mini clamps with M8 thread will be supplied without M8x16 stainless steel screws. These (DIN 6921, A2-70, full thread, with flange and locking serrations) can be ordered separately if required. PU: 200 pieces per box.

For mounting rails with screw channels underside or beside, the K-Grip-Mini can be easily and inexpensively combined with different adapter plates. 

Four different inserts are packed and sold separately:

Each insert has a unique shape that allows for a tight fit at the profile and provides increased holding strength.

  • GX10- or GX50- Inserts for the K-Grip-Clamp (100 pieces per box).
  • GXM10- or GXM50- Inserts for the K-Grip-Mini  (200 pieces per box).

Seam Profiles and the Insert Options:

With Insert S-5-GX10 or S-5-GXM10:

  • Domico: Domitec
  • McElroy Metal Mirage
  • AEP Span Klip-Rib®
  • Metal Sales Clip-Loc
  • SpeedDeck® SpeedDeck®
  • Safintra Saflok 410
  • Safintra Saflok 700
  • or similar profiles.

With Insert S-5-GX50 or S-5-GXM50:

  • Lysaght: Klip-lok Classic 700
  • Lysaght: Klip-lok 700 Hi-Strength
  • Stramit: Speed Deck Ultra
  • Filders: KingKlip 700
  • or similar profiles.

If you have a profile not listed here, please contact us.

S-5-K-Grip Inserts
S-5-K-Grip Inserts

Profile – Examples:

Profil Saflok 700 von Safintra
Profile Safintra Saflock 700
Profil Domitec von Domico
Profile Domitec from Domico
Profil Klip-lok von Lysaght
 Profile Lysaght Klip-lok 700 Hi-Strenght
Profil SpeedDeck
Profile Stramit Speed Deck Ultra

Examples of Applications:

S-5! PV-Kit 2.0 + K-Grip-Mini auf Domitec
S-5-K-Grip Schienenmontage
S-5-K-Grip-Mini Renusol mounting system
S-5! PV-Kit 2.0 and rail systems installed with S-5! K-Grip-Mini with GXM10-Insert on Domitec profiles.

Install S-5! K-Grip Clamps:

The S-5-K Grip utilizes multiple inserts in order to accommodate a variety of bulb snap-together profiles. Each insert has a unique shape that allows for a tight fit and provides increased holding strength over other attachment options. The appropriate seam profiles for each insert option are listed above and on the back of the installation instructions. The head of the clamp’s flanged bolts control the amount of compression, which reduces the possibility of over-compressing the seam, and makes installation a snap!

 1. Position clamp insert at desired location along the rib, just under the fold of the rib. Mount the clamps only on the overlapping ribs or seams of the roofing. And don’t fix the clamps on or beside the clips because the thermal elongation of the panels may not be hindered!  

2. Roll the clamp into position over the seam and clamp insert piece. Position the clamp so that it is centered over the clamp insert with approximately 2mm of insert overhang on each side of the clamp.  

3. Partially thread the two flanged bolts into the base of the S-5-K Grip by hand, or the single flanged bolt into the base of the S-5-K Grip Mini. The bolts should engage the divots in each end of the S-5-K Grip insert and in the center of the S-5-K Grip Mini insert.  

4. Tighten the bolts at the base of the S-5-K Grip using a ratchet or screw gun with a 13mm hex. For optimal holding strength, bolts should be tensioned to 23 Nm (200 inch pounds).

5. For critical attachment applications utilizing an M8 X 16 mm Hex Flange Bolt, tighten it with 18Nm. 

Please note in general for installations with S-5! Clamps:

  • Please make sure that the load coming into the clamp will be taken by the structure of the roof. Assumption is that the determination has been made that the roof to which the S-5! clamps will be attached is structurally adequate. Any loads imposed on the S-5! clamps will be transferred to the panels. Panel seams must have sufficient flexural strength to carry these loads. Panels must also be adequately attached to the building structure, and the structure must be sufficient to carry these loads. In particular, the snow and wind loads, the additional loads from the installations attached to the clamps, as well as the increased loads in the edge and corner areas of the roof construction must be considered.

  • A sufficient number of clamps must be provided. For statically relevant clamps, a distance of at least 500mm from the end of the standing seam profile must be maintained. RoofTech and the makers of the S-5! clamps make no representations with respect to these variables. It is the responsibility of the user to verify this information, or seek assistance from a qualified design professional or stress analyst, if necessary.

  • Responsible for the stability of a building structure is the building owner or the owner or operator. The installer of the system is responsible not only for the system but also for the roof on which the system is installed. Whoever installs a system on an existing roof without having checked the stability beforehand, violates existing law! For critical installations, inquire for specific test data of ultimate tensile load on specific panel materials and seam types. The sufficient holding force of the roofing to the supporting or substructure must always be ensured. The sufficient holding force of the roofing on the supporting or substructure must always be guaranteed. Proof must be provided by the customer or installer. In cases of doubt, a structural engineer must be consulted to determine the loads and its effects.

  • Please note the installation instructions of the respective S-5!® clamps and the other products used! Mounting the S-5!® clamps take care that the set screws and bolts are tightened with the right screw tension as written in each installation instruction (available in all boxes, on the homepage of RoofTech: www.rooftech.de and S-5!: www.s-5.com or please send us an inquiry). When tabled values are used, screw tensions should be verified and factors of safety should be used as appropriate. If you are missing important and necessary information, please request it from us.

  • During the entire mounting period, it must be ensured that at least one copy of the corresponding mounting instructions is available on the construction site to all persons involved in the mounting. In case of non-observance of our assembly instructions and in case of use and combination of further components not purchased from us, we do not assume any liability for resulting defects and damages. The warranty is excluded in this respect.

  • The thermally induced change in length of the roofing must not be hindered! With some roofs made of profiled sheets (e.g. with round bulb seams, snap folded seams, RibRoof seams, etc.), it must be ensured that the clamps in the sliding area of the sheets are not mounted on or next to the holders of the roofing. In the case of double standing seam roofing, the S-5!® E and B clamps can, under certain circumstances, hinder the thermally induced length change of the sheet if, despite the high clamping point of the S-5!® E and B clamps, the foot of a sliding clip extends into the clamping area of the clamp. In this case, the S-5!® E and B clamps should be placed at a distance of 25 mm from the sliding clips.

  • When installing rigid objects such as rails, pipes, cable ducts, etc. on the clamps, they must be separated at regular intervals (max. 3m in the case of handmade standing seam roofs) in order to limit deformations due to thermally induced length changes (in lengthwise and horizontal direction).

  • In the case of handcrafted metal roofing on wooden formwork, the edge and corner areas should not be covered with PV-modules due to the limited load-bearing capacity of the roofing and the adhesives. In the central area, the skipping of seams is usually not possible. Therefore, we recommend to install clamps on each seam. The installation of PV systems represents a punctual load entry; therefore, we recommend reduced clip distances and screwed clips. The mounting and fastening of the clamp should be carried out between the clips to achieve an optimal load sharing.

  • Please observe the country-specific legal and official regulations for snow retention. Depending on the location of the building, height of the terrain above sea level, roof shape, roof pitch, type of metal roof and the respective holding strength of the S-5! clamps, the suitable snow guard systems must be professionally calculated and designed.

  • The material properties of the respective metals, the combination with each other as well as the installation instructions and regulations of all manufacturers involved (including those of the metal roof) must be observed.

  • The installation of our products should only be carried out by qualified and professional specialists with experience in installing on roofs. The suitability of our sold products for the intended use is checked by the user himself. If technical details are not described separately, this does not release the company carrying out the work from its obligation to check the individual case and clarify the correct technical facts beforehand.

  •  It must be ensured by the planner and the specialist company responsible for the installation that the planning and installation are carried out strictly in accordance with the national and site-specific building regulations, occupational safety and accident prevention regulations, standards and environmental protection regulations. Every person who plans and installs with our products is obliged to inform himself independently about all rules and regulations for technically correct planning and installation and to observe them. This also includes obtaining the current status of the necessary rules and regulations.

  • For rooftop installations, the respective regulations for work on roofs must be observed (e.g. the use of fall protection, scaffolds with safety gear from an eaves height of 3 m, etc.). The presence of two persons is mandatory for the entire assembly process in order to ensure rapid assistance in the event of an accident.

  • S-5!® Warning: The S-5! clamp is a handy gadget for a great many uses, but will not perform miracles. Please use the products responsibly! Visit the website of S-5! (www.s-5.com) or RoofTech GmbH (www.rooftech.de) for available load test results. The user and/or installer of these parts is responsible for all necessary engineering and design to ensure the S-5! clamps have been properly spaced and configured.

  • Notice to S-5! users: Due to the many variables involved with specific panel products, climates, snow melt phenomena, and job particulars, the manufacturer cannot and does not express any opinions as to the suitability of any S-5! assembly for any specific application and assumes no liability with respect thereto. S-5! products are tested for ultimate holding strength on various profile types and materials.

  • The user and/or installer bears also the responsibility not only for the professional installation, but also for the roof on which he is mounted. The user and/or installer must always clarify in advance the application possibilities and application of our products in connection with the other used materials and products at the single project.

  • The user and/or installer of all our products is responsible for all necessary engineering and design to ensure that the S-5! clamps and other products has been properly spaced and configured. It is the responsibility of the user to verify this information, or seek assistance from a qualified design professional or stress analyst, if necessary. RoofTech, the makers and distributor of S-5! clamps make no representations with respect to these variables.

  • For critical installations, inquire for specific test data of ultimate tensile load on specific panel materials and seam types. When tabled values are used, screw tensions should be verified and factors of safety should be used as appropriate. RoofTech and the manufacturer expresses no opinions as to the suitability of the S-5! products for any specific application or project condition.

  • S-5! Clamps are not suitable as fall protection applications. The S-5! clamps may only be used for this purpose in a certified and approved fall protection system. The respective system provider is responsible for this and must provide proof of this.

  • RoofTech GmbH, S-5!® – Metal Roof Innovations Ltd. and the other manufacturers of our product range recommend in principle that the planned installation, PV system, snow guard system, etc. should be verified by a qualified professional who is responsible for the snow and wind loads, the additional loads from the installations attached to the clamps, the statics and assembly as well as the planning and construction of and on metal roofs.

  • The respective installation instructions must always be observed. However, the respective installation instructions do not release the executing company from the obligation to clarify in advance the possible uses and applications of our products, also in connection with the other materials used, on the individual object. RoofTech GmbH, S-5!® – Metal Roof Innovations Ltd. and the manufacturers of our other products assume no responsibility and liability for assembly, suitability and applications.

Download (pdf): General Notes for Installations with S-5! Clamps

The installation instructions and more information to download under “Information”. We would also be pleased to send you the respective installation instructions and the requested information. We look forward to your message or call.

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