Seam Clamps For AEP Roof Systems

Seam Clamps For AEP Roof Systems

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Mar 22nd 2024

AEP Span standing seam panels

In the rapidly evolving world of construction and roofing, integrating modern technologies and accessories is crucial for optimizing efficiency and maintaining the integrity of roofing systems. AEP Span Roof Systems, known for their quality and durability, require specialized attachments that do not penetrate the panels. In this blog, we will delve into the functionalities of RoofClamp RC and RCT products and the SataMount RCT mounting system, showcasing their versatility in attaching various elements to standing seam metal roofs without penetrations. We will also explore the variety of AEP Span panel profiles.

AEP Span Standing Seam Profiles

AEP Span’s extensive range of concealed fastener metal roof panels is renowned for their architectural appeal and high performance. Understanding the compatibility of the RoofClamp RC, RCT, and SataMount RCT systems with these panels is essential for optimal and safe utilization. Below, we explore the compatibility of these innovative products with different AEP Span standing seam roof panels.

Curved Span-Lok Metal Roofing

AEP Span curved Span Lok panel profile.

Curved Span-Lok is a high-performance panel ideal for various architectural applications. Due to its mechanically seamed 2” high rib and curved nature, RoofClamp RC and RoofClamp RCT are well-suited for this panel, along with the SataMount RCT for Starlink and other satellite dishes. These solutions offer secure, non-penetrating attachment, but these clamps are unsuitable for panels with irregular or extremely curved profiles.

Design Span hp Metal Roofing

AEP Span Design Span panel profile.

The Design Span hp is a versatile flat-panel option, making it highly compatible with RoofClamp RC and RoofClamp RCT. RoofRlamp seam mounts safely attach solar panels and walkways. The standard vertical rib shape and flat panel allow for secure clamping. The SataMount RCT system is suitable for Starlink and other satellite dish installations.

Select Seam Narrow and Wide Batten Metal Roofing

AEP Span Select Seam Narrow panel profile.         AEP Span Select Seam Wide panel profile.

Both Select Seam® Narrow Batten and Wide Batten Metal Roofing panels feature a separate batten strip, preventing the use of seam clamps. The batten strip design can interfere with the clamping mechanism, preventing a secure and safe attachment.

Span-Lok hp Metal Roofing

AEP Span Span-Lok panel profile.

Span-Lok hp is a versatile and popular panel compatible with RoofClamp RC, RCT, and the SataMount RCT.

The 2” rib height and non-radiused design of Span-Lok hp make it an ideal candidate for non-penetrative attachments, providing a reliable and secure method for attaching accessories without compromising the panel’s integrity.

SpanSeam Metal Roofing

AEP Span Spanseam panel profile.

SpanSeam panels are unique in their flat, non-striated design, making them highly compatible with RoofClamp RC and RCT and the SataMount RCT for various accessory mounting applications. The non-radiused design and absence of striations on SpanSeam panels ensure that these clamping systems can be securely and effectively attached.

RoofClamp RC, RCT, and SataMount RCT systems are generally compatible with AEP Span standing seam roof panels, except those with batten strips, such as the Select Seam series. For the compatible panels, these clamping systems provide a secure, non-penetrative attachment method that preserves the roof’s integrity and warranty while offering versatility in attaching a range of accessories.

Introduction to RoofClamp and SataMount Products

When attaching accessories to standing seam roofs, the primary concern is often the potential damage caused by penetrative methods.  RoofClamp RC and RCT products emerge as revolutionary solutions in this realm. These clamps securely attach solar panels, walkways, electrical conduits, junction boxes, signage, and more to AEP Span standing seam metal roofs without compromising the roof panels or voiding warranties. Look further into these products and how they can provide non-penetrating attachment for AEP Span standing seam roof systems.

RoofClamp RC and RCT: A Game Changer in Seam Clamping

RoofClamp RC and RCT are unique due to their robust aluminum construction and universal-fit design. These clamps lock onto the seams of the concealed fastener metal roof, providing a stable and secure platform for various attachments.

RoofClamp RC and RCT seam clamps.

Key Features:

Non-Penetrating Set Screws:

The stainless steel cupped-tip set screws avoid penetrations and the use of heavy torque loads on the fragile roof seams.

Versatile for a Variety Of Applications:

RoofClamp RC and RCT provide secure, non-penetrating mounting solutions for solar panels, walkways, conduits, HVAC systems, and more.

Durable Design:

The clamps are made to withstand harsh environmental conditions, ensuring longevity thanks to the premium non-corrosive materials used to fabricate them.

Easy Installation: 

This is a simplified installation process that requires minimal tools. An experienced installer can expect a two-minute installation time and a one-minute removal time.

RoofClamp RC and RCT installation instructions.

SataMount RCT: Revolutionizing Satellite Dish Installations

The SataMount RCT will mount satellite dishes, including Starlink systems, onto AEP Span standing seam panels. Providing a secure mounting solution that aligns with the non-penetrative ethos of the RoofClamp products.

SataMount RCT with Starlink satellite dishes on a standing seam roof.

Key Advantages:

Compatibility with the following AEP Span Panels:

Curved Span-Lok

Design Span hp

Span-Lok hp


Sturdy Mounting:

Ensures the satellite dish remains stable and secure in diverse weather conditions for the roof system’s life.

Non-Penetrating Installation:

Preserves the roof’s warranty and structural integrity by utilizing cupped tip set screws for maximum attachment strength.

User-Friendly Setup: 

This product streamlines the installation process for satellite dishes. It fits 95% of today’s standing seam profiles and can be adjusted to seam widths up to 24”.

The Importance of Non-Penetrating Seam Clamps

The use of non-penetrative seam clamps like RoofClamp RC and RCT is crucial for several reasons:

Preserving Roof Integrity:

They eliminate the risk of leaks and structural damage caused by penetrations. Standing seam roofs require specialized attachment methods to avoid damage to the floating roof system. The RoofClamp RC and RCT products solve these challenges and provide exceptional, long-term mounting solutions for standing seam roof systems.

Maintaining Warranties:

Most hidden fastener roofing warranties prohibit penetrations through the panels.

RoofClamps prevent penetrations and allow rock-solid seam attachments for the roof system’s life.

Versatility in Application:

They offer the flexibility to attach a variety of accessories safely. RoofClamps have been used in various industries to mount signage, solar equipment, electrical conduit and junction boxes, lighting systems, HVAC equipment, etc. Unistrut Defender can be combined with RoofClamp to create a racking system to support just about anything you need to mount to a standing seam roof.

Installation and Adaptability

Installing RoofClamp and SataMount products is straightforward, making them accessible for various roofing projects. Their adaptability allows multiple applications, from residential solar panel installations to commercial satellite dish setups.

Simple Installation Steps:

These clamps can be securely attached to the roof seams with essential tools. The basic procedure is to tighten the set screws to the seam with the clamps centered over the seam and  torque the set screws to 90in/lbs.


Their design allows for the attachment of different types of equipment without additional structural changes. RoofClamp RC and RCT are the industry’s most universal-fit seam clamps. With them, just about anything can be attached to standing seam panels.

Conclusion: How To Attach Anything To AEP Standing Seam Panels

Integrating RoofClamp RC, RCT, and the SataMount RCT mounting system into AEP Span Roof Systems marks a significant advancement in modern roofing technology. These innovative solutions offer a reliable, non-penetrative method for attaching essential equipment to AEP Span standing seam metal roofs, ensuring the integrity and warranty of the roof panels remain intact. By choosing these specialized accessories, you can significantly enhance the functionality of your AEP Span Roof Systems while adhering to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

RoofClamp and SataMount systems are more than just attachment options; they represent a commitment to preserving the quality and longevity of roofing installations. Whether it’s mounting solar panels, walkways, electrical conduits, junction boxes, signage, or satellite dishes like Starlink, these clamps and mounts provide a secure and safe method that avoids panel penetrations.

By utilizing RoofClamp RC, RCT, and the SataMount RCT, you ensure seamless integration of various AEP Span Roof Systems applications. These products are about enhancing the practicality of roof installations and advancing toward a future where roofing solutions are more adaptable, reliable, and versatile. Their ease of use and durability make them an ideal choice for a wide range of roofing needs, offering both installers and building owners peace of mind.

Safety and efficiency in roofing projects are about more than compliance with standards; they are about ensuring long-term reliability and performance. The RoofClamp and SataMount systems are at the forefront of this mission, providing secure attachment solutions that meet the demands of modern roofing applications. They exemplify the fusion of innovative design with practical functionality, making them indispensable for anyone looking to mount equipment on AEP Span standing seam panels.

In conclusion, adopting RoofClamp RC and RCT, as well as the SataMount RCT mounting system, is an essential step for anyone seeking to enhance their AEP Span Roof Systems. These products offer an optimal blend of safety, reliability, and versatility, ensuring that your roofing projects are successful, sustainable, and future-proof. Embrace the new era of roofing with these advanced solutions and experience the difference in quality and performance.

Anyone working at height on roofs should be trained and equipped for a safe workday.  Learn more about fall protection products designed for AEP Span standing seam panels in this recent article.  

Rapid-Fire Q@A – Non-Penetrating Attachments For AEP Standing Seam Panels

What is the primary use of RoofClamp RC and RCT on AEP Span Roof Systems?

RoofClamp RC and RCT securely attach accessories like solar panels, walkways, and electrical conduits to AEP Span standing seam metal roofs without penetrating the panels.

How does the SataMount RCT enhance satellite dish installations on AEP Span panels?

SataMount RCT provides a stable, non-penetrative mounting system for satellite dishes, including Starlink, ensuring a secure installation on AEP Span standing seam panels.

Are RoofClamp products compatible with all types of AEP Span standing seam roofs?

RoofClamp RC and RCT are compatible with most AEP Span standing seam roofs except those with batten strips, like the Select Seam series.

Can RoofClamp RC and RCT be used to mount heavy equipment?

RoofClamp RC and RCT are built for strength and durability, making them suitable for mounting heavy equipment such as solar panels and HVAC units.

What makes SataMount RCT ideal for Starlink dish installations?

SataMount RCT provides a secure, non-invasive mount for satellite dishes, making it perfect for Starlink installations on standing seam roofs.

Do RoofClamp and SataMount products require professional installation?

RoofClamp and SataMount systems can be installed by anyone who can safely get on the roof and use hand tools. They are popular with DIY homeowners, government facilities, airports, hospitals, and schools and have been used in bulk by solar contractors on large-scale projects.

Will using RoofClamp RC and RCT void the warranty of AEP Span roof panels?

No, using RoofClamp RC and RCT will not void the warranty of AEP Span panels.

Are there any specific tools required to install RoofClamp or SataMount products?

Installation typically requires essential hand tools. A 3/16” Allen/hex bit turns the set screws, and the torque for the screws is 90in/lbs. We sell an inexpensive twist-handle torque wrench with a bit that works great for installations.

Can RoofClamp RC and RCT withstand harsh weather conditions?

Both RoofClamp RC and RCT are fabricated from premium, non-corrosive materials engineered to withstand harsh weather conditions, ensuring durability and longevity.

Is the SataMount RCT adjustable for different roof seam profiles?

SataMount RCT is designed with adaptability, fitting about 95% of today’s standing seam roof systems. The Unistrut Defender rails are 27” long, allowing them to fit standing seam roofs up to 24” wide.

Are there any limitations in using RoofClamp products on curved AEP Span panels?

RoofClamp products are ideal for non-curved seams. However, assessing compatibility based on curvature is essential for curved AEP Span panels. Although they will fit most softly curved panel systems, we suggest a test fit before confirming compatibility.

How does the installation of RoofClamp and SataMount systems impact the aesthetics of the roof?

Both systems are minimally intrusive, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of AEP Span standing seam roofs. Low-profile attachment helps keep tripping hazards low while creating secure mounting solutions.

What is the load-bearing capacity of the RoofClamp RC and RCT?

The load-bearing capacity varies by panel type and gauge; however, they can provide excellent gripping strength to support substantial weight, making them suitable for various applications. Most systems with multiple  RoofClamp RC and RCT clamps can support thousands of pounds of load.

Can SataMount RCT be used for other purposes besides satellite dish installations?

SataMount RCT will mount various types of equipment to standing seam roof systems. It can be used to mount pretty much anything to a standing seam roof system.

Are RoofClamp and SataMount systems environmentally friendly?

Yes, these systems contribute to sustainable roofing practices by enabling solar panel installations and avoiding penetrations. The metals used in the RoofClamp RC and RCT components are fully recyclable.

How does the non-penetrating feature of RoofClamp benefit roof maintenance?

Non-penetrating RoofClamp products prevent potential leak points, reduce maintenance needs, and preserve the roof’s integrity. By allowing the standing seam roofs to continue to “float,” non-penetrating clamps also prevent the “oil canning” of the panel that penetrations can cause.

Can RoofClamp or SataMount be repositioned after installation?

Yes, both systems allow for repositioning or removal, offering flexibility in case of roof modifications or equipment upgrades.

How do RoofClamp and SataMount systems contribute to roofing safety?

These systems enhance overall roofing safety and stability by providing secure attachment points for equipment without roof penetration.

Are unique maintenance routines required for RoofClamp and SataMount systems?

RoofClamp RC and RCT should be inspected as part of the routine annual roof inspections to ensure years of continued service. No unique or unusual maintenance routines are needed.

Where can one purchase RoofClamp and SataMount products for AEP Span roofs?

RoofClamp RC and RoofClamp RCT are available in quantities as low as a single unit online, and the SataMount RCT is available with same-day shipping direct from the manufacturer’s website at