Yes—any product should be—including those sold by other companies. Everything has a failure point, which is why products are tested. The idea, then, is not to expose a product to forces which exceed its known point of failure.
These forces can and should be calculated accurately for any application. S-5 has spent decades and millions of dollars on product testing to enable accurate, job-specific calculations easy on any metal roof. If you need help with a calculation ask your Authorized S-5 Distributor for assistance or simply use our online Snow Calculator.