Clip-Lock Brackets: What They Are and Their Impact on Solar Panel Durability and Efficiency

Choosing the right components is very important for installers who want to maximise solar panel systems and ensure customer satisfaction. Let’s take a closer look at clip-lock brackets — also known as klip lok or klip lock brackets — exploring their design, function, and how they influence the durability and efficiency of solar panels.

What are Clip Lock Brackets?

Clip Lock Brackets

Klip-lock mounting clips offer a non-intrusive alternative way to mount and secure solar panels onto roofs without the need for drilling. These innovative brackets utilize the roof’s existing structure by clipping onto the klip-lok roof ‘ribs’, ensuring a stable platform for solar panel installation.

This approach streamlines the installation process and safeguards the roof’s integrity by preventing potential damage that drilling could inflict.

Benefits of Clip Lock Bracket

Clip-lock mounting clips offer a variety of advantages, enhancing both the efficiency and durability of the solar energy system.

Improved Efficiency

By ensuring a secure and optimal positioning of solar panels, clip-lock brackets significantly contribute to the improved efficiency of solar energy systems. The precise alignment enabled by these brackets ensures maximum exposure to sunlight, thereby increasing the solar panel’s ability to generate power.

Furthermore, the elevated positioning facilitated by the brackets allows for better airflow underneath the panels. This not only aids in cooling the panels, thereby reducing the risk of overheating and potential efficiency loss but also contributes to a consistent generation of solar energy even on warmer days.

Stress-Free Installation

One of the great benefits of using clip-lock brackets is the stress-free installation process they provide. Similar to clip-lock roof sheeting, these brackets use hidden clips to securely attach to the roof battens.

This method not only simplifies and speeds up the installation compared to traditional roofing systems but also reduces the risk of incorrect installations, ensuring solar panels are mounted efficiently and safely. This easy installation saves time and labour costs, making it an appealing choice for residential and commercial solar panel installations.

Durability and Security

Clip-lock brackets play a crucial role in enhancing the durability and security of solar panel systems. With a clipping mechanism that securely attaches to the roof without invasive drilling, these brackets mitigate the risk of leaks and structural damage over time. The snug fit offered by the clip-lock design also ensures that the solar panels are less prone to dislodging in strong winds or severe weather conditions.

This resilience against environmental factors not only prolongs the lifespan of the solar energy system but also sustains its performance efficiency, safeguarding the homeowner’s investment in renewable energy. Moreover, the robust construction of clip-lock brackets from premium materials provides an additional layer of security against mechanical wear and tear, enhancing the system’s overall reliability and endurance.

Types of Solar Clip Lock Brackets

Solar Clip Lock Brackets come in various types, each designed to cater to different roofing materials and solar panel sizes, optimizing the installation process and ensuring maximum efficiency.

Klip lok 406 brackets

Klip lok 406 brackets complement the klip-lok 406 roofing profile, known for its concealed fix design and unique double interlocking side laps. The klip-lok 406 layout allows for quick installation, especially beneficial for projects with tight schedules.

This roofing profile is well-suited to buildings with low roof pitches, where traditional mounting methods may lack security and aesthetics. The klip lok 406 brackets are crafted from certified high-yield steel or special grade aluminium, offering a blend of lightness and strength. This ensures they offer sturdy support to solar panels without adding substantial weight to the roof.

Klip lok 700 brackets

klip-Lok 700 brackets feature a design that surpasses their counterpart, the klip-lok 406, enabling a swifter installation process, leading to significant cost savings. This profile is ideal for buildings with low-pitched roofs, where traditional brackets may not offer the same effectiveness.

Crafted from certified high-yield steel, the manufacturing process ensures that klip-lok 700 brackets are not only lighter but also notably stronger, providing a long-lasting and secure mounting solution for solar panels.

How to Mount Solar Clip-Lock Brackets

Mount Solar Clip-Lock Brackets

Mounting solar clip-lock brackets is an efficient and non-invasive method to install solar panels, preserving the integrity of your roof.

  • Place brackets on roof
  • Clip the rail onto the roof hooks
  • Tighten the bolt under the roof clamp
  • Place the panels onto the rails
  • Clip- the end clamp into the rail
  • Place a middle clamp
  • Slide the next panel into place
  • Continue with installation until the row is complete
  • Straighten the panels on the structure
  • Tighten the end and middle clamps
  • Torque middle and clamp

Why Choose Zephyr Solar Klip Lok Brackets?

Choosing Zephyr Solar klip-lock roof brackets for your solar panel installation brings a wealth of benefits that go beyond mere functionality. These brackets are crafted with utmost precision to ensure a perfect fit, longevity, and efficiency of your solar energy system. The Zephyr brand is renowned for its quality, offering products made from premium materials that endure the test of time and harsh weather conditions.

Moreover, their innovative design reduces both the time and costs associated with installation, making solar energy more accessible and cost-effective. Zephyr Solar clip-lock roof brackets are versatile, catering to various roofing profiles and accommodating different solar panel sizes, meeting the specific requirements of each project.

Lastly, Zephyr provides exceptional customer support, including expert advice, installation guidance, and  post-installation assistance, ensuring customers not only get top-notch products but also outstanding service.


How much does a Clip-Lock Bracket cost in South Africa?

The cost of clip-lock brackets in South Africa can vary depending on several factors, including the type of bracket, the quantity needed, and the specific supplier.

Generally, prices can range from R200 to R500 per bracket. For the most accurate and up-to-date pricing, it’s best to contact us. Bulk purchases may also qualify for discounts, so make sure to ask about any deals or promotions that might be available.

Can clip-lock brackets be used with all types of solar panels?

Yes, clip-lock brackets are crafted with a high degree of versatility, enabling them to work with a broad range of PV solar panel sizes and types. Their flexible nature guarantees they can accommodate both thin-film and crystalline panels, supporting various dimensions and weights.

This adaptability proves especially advantageous for tailored or mixed solar energy systems, facilitating amless integration with practically any roofing material or architectural style. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to seek advice from the manufacturer or a professional installer to ensure the optimal fit for your specific solar panel setup.

What are clip-lock brackets made out of?

Clip-lock brackets are carefully crafted from two key materials: high-yield steel and special-grade aluminum. These materials significantly boost the bracket’s durability, strength, and overall weight, ensuring a secure and stable installation for solar panels.

High-yield steel is renowned for its exceptional strength and resilience, making it an ideal choice for supporting the panels’ weight without deforming. On the other hand, special-grade aluminum provides a lighter option without compromising strength, offering extra resistance to corrosion, which is particularly beneficial for installations in coastal or high-humidity areas.

The selection of these materials also demonstrates Zephyr Solar’s commitment to quality and sustainability, ensuring their products are not only effective but also long-lasting.

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