Solasafe is fixed and flashed on similar principles as steel roofing. Minimum fall is 5 degrees. Start by fixing the first sheet at the end farthermost from the usual wind direction. If end laps are necessary, start at the bottom corner.
Solasafe is UV protected on one side only. Please read the label on the sheet prior to installation and check each sheet label thoroughly to ensure that the UV protected surface faces the correct way. Sheets incorrectly installed will not withstand the weathering, and discolouration will result.
When used vertically, face the protected side of the sheet in the direction of the most intensive sunlight or exposure to weather.
If sealing is required at side or end laps, use Ampelite lap-seal tape. Incompatible sealants weaken the sheeting and void the warranty.
Allowance needs to be made when drilling screw holes so that the sheet can move freely as it expands and contracts. Screw holes must have a minimum diameter of 10mm for sheet lengths up to 4.2m. Lengths over 4.2 and up to 8.1m require 12mm diameter holes
Clearfix – Drills and Oversizes all in one - An alternative method of fixing which also speeds up installation is to use ‘Clearfix’ combination drill/cutter and weather-proof seal assemblies. These fasteners self drill and create correct clearance hole in the sheet in one operation.
Store Solasafe on a flat surface, in a dry area avoiding contact with chemicals paints and solvents.
If cutting of the sheet is required use a fine tooth handsaw or a power saw fitted with a masonry type cut-off blade. Support the sheet close to where you are cutting. It is good practice to wear protective goggles when cutting any material with a power tool. Ampelite sheeting can be custom cut to length on order, your supplier can arrange this if required.
To reduce noise caused by friction due to expansion and contraction we recommend using Ampelite Anti-noise tape, a 25mm x 3mm white self adhesive tape along the top of battens.
Please download a copy of the Solasafe Installation Guide
You could try some practise holes using an off cut or part of a sheet which would be covered by ridging, flashings etc. You may find it easier to drill the hole for the screw first and then enlarge this to 10mm for the washer.
Use only a soft brush and soapy water. No abrasives. To prevent possible staining we recommend cleaning when ever bird soil is apparent.