What profiles will the S-5-U fit?
The S-5-U clamp will fit most standing seam profiles on the market today, including both "architectural" and "structural" types. When in doubt about a particular seam or profile, check the dimensioning of the seam and compare with the critical dimensions shown here:
The S-5-U measures 1.5" x 1.5" x 2.0"
The bolt measures 3/8"-16 x .709" (flat washer also furnished)
There are a few profiles which are "marginal." One example is FireStone / UNA CLAD / Copper Sales UC-4 (below). The clamp will fit over this profile, but must be slipped on from the end and then carefully moved to its desired location or alternatively crimped at clamp locations. Another example is Berridge "Cee Lock." The S-5-U will fit this profile, but it may have to be forced down until it snaps over the seam profiling (below); alternatively the S-5-Z or S-5-Z Mini will fit this profile.
A few profiles may require some minor modification to the seam prior to clamp installation. The Fabral "Snap Rib" is an example. To use on this profile, the cap must be field notched. This procedure is described by Fabral in their S-5! user information guide booklet.
Another profile that may require some modification is the "Armco Steelox" and similar horizontal seams, on which the seamer does not completely close the seam, but only partially so. The dimensioning on these seams is such that the clamp will not slip over the seam (above). Some hand crimping at the clamp location will resolve this problem. This can be done by hand with a pair of ViceGrip tinners, pliers or hand tongs. This method works well if there are only a few clamps to install. If there are many, a better crimping tool is available which makes this crimping much more expedient.