Posts Tagged ‘commdeck’

Are You Into Solar??

November 12, 2010

As government regulations change and more people are adding solar panels to their roofs, we receive calls asking what products we have to make installation of solar panels easier and/or cheaper.  A product we’ve been selling for over a year is the brainchild of another product (CommDeck): SolaDeck.

SolaDeck is a prewired roof-mounted base that serves as a roof terminal for the photovoltaic wiring that comes up through the roof from the inside.  It’s available in several models depending on your wiring requirements.  The SolaDeck also provides a waterproof installation base superior to regular roof penetrations using inferior boots or just mastic or caulking to try to seal the wire harness.

UL 1741

UL 50 Type 3R

The unit is low profiled and fits easily under most solar panels.  Additionally, it is UL approved.  Most models are much cheaper than what an electrician could fabricate.  Use of SolaDeck will provide installation consistency on every job and consistent costing.

Roofmaster carries a variety of products for solar panels and solar installations.  Search “solar” at


The World of Commdeck

June 21, 2010

How many satellite dishes are installed by the satellite installers by just lag bolting the dish into the customer’s roof?  How many customers are aware that that simple act, has potentially voided their roof warranty?

I can just see it now.  When the homeowner calls his roofer and complains that his roof is leaking and the answer is “well, you have lag bolts into the roof and according to the roofing manufacturer’s policy, there is no warranty”.

And, when you terminate your satellite service and they pick up the dish, they usually leave the base plate lagged into the roof, making an unsightly addition.

There is a simple solution.  Developed about seven years ago, Commdeck is installed by your roofer.  On a new roof, it is designed to be installed just like a vent, flashed into the field.  If you have an existing roof, it can be installed by any roofer who is competent on doing installations to assure it will be waterproof.  You can install a Commdeck now for future dish installation.  With the waterproof lid, the end cable can be stored until you are ready to install your dish.  Another benefit is the absence of those unsightly cables running down your roof or siding or wall.

The Commdeck idea comes in a couple of different styles and then there are the colors.  The basic new installation unit comes in three colors:  black, brown and weathered wood.  It comes with a hardware pack for installation.  This is used when you are having a new roof installed.

There is the Retrodeck.  This is used when you are mounting a dish to your existing roof.  This is installed under the existing roof.  This is available in black.  The Retrodeck does not have a waterproof cover, but is flashed under the shingles with the cable going through the roof deck and then waterproofed.  You then mount the dish to the exposed plate.

And last but not least is the Commtile.  This model has a six inch collar to raise the top above the tile and a 30″ x 30″ aluminum flashing that conforms to different styles for installation under the tile.  This unit comes in black.

In those instances where you have or are installing a heavier or larger dish, there are strut mounts available.

If you want your Commdeck to match the color of your roof, there is the Roofmaster line of Flashing Paint that has sixteen colors to match the majority of roofing material manufacturers.

Roofmaster is the Master Roofing Distributor for the Commdeck system.  These units are stocked in all Roofmaster warehouse locations for immediate deliver.

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