Roof Protection: Silt Library

U-Anchor Helps with roof protection for a Colorado Library. Lightweight Rooftop Attachment System helps with roof protection and solar panel protection from Wind, Snow and Ice.

Anchor Products U-Anchor 2000™ helps with roof protection for low slope roof membranes from tears and leaks. They were recently installed on the new library in Silt, Colo. The U-Anchor 2000 attaches solar racking systems to a roof membrane and when installed in a non-ballasted solar project eliminates excess rubbing and abrasion. 

“This was a unique project for us because we custom made the U-Anchors to match the tan color of the TPO roofing membrane,” said Joel Stanley, Anchor Products President. A 30 kilowatt solar panel system was installed on the 7,000 square foot building. “Keeping the solar panels and the roof protected from the cold and snow was a top priority for the Silt library and our products will prevent leaks and wear,” continued Stanley. Silt experiences 38.4 inches of snowfall per year and the average low in January is nine degrees Fahrenheit.

The U-Anchor 2000 consists of an galvalume weatherized steel plate with a 3/8 inch by 16 by ¾ inch tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target. It installs on any thermoplastic surface from flat to vertical. The membrane at the Silt Library was GAF TPO and the installation was ballast-free.

Anchor Products U-Anchors helped shield a large factory in Yonkers, NY during Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012. The multi-story building on which the photovoltaic panels were installed experienced wind gusts exceeding 90 mph. The roof protection project did sustain damage due to flying debris and building materials punctured the EPDM roof membrane, but neither the U-Anchor 2000 nor the Schletter solar racking system were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor patented, ballast-free, and non-penetrating rooftop attachment products for the attachment of roofing equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. U-Anchors maintain the membrane manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. The U Anchor 2000 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

In addition to roof protection the U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, and antennas, among many others. For more information about the overall project, please contact us.

 

Largest Solar Install on Illinois Institution

U-Anchor Picked for Largest Solar Installation on Illinois Cultural Institution - 1st of Shedd Aquarium’s steps in clean energy plan include U-Anchor 2600™

Solar Panels Installed on Chicago aquarium. Anchor Product’s U-Anchor 2600™ rooftop attachments were installed on a 913-panel photovoltaic solar project at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium’s marine mammal pavilion. The 264-kilowatt project will generate 310,000 kilowatt-hours per year and is the largest solar installation at a cultural institution in Illinois. “The U-Anchor helped increase the speed of the installation and will provide a high level of wind resistance for a main attraction in the Windy City,” said Joel Stanley, President of Anchor Products. The $1.1 million solar electric power generation system was funded through public and private partnerships to power the aquarium’s emergency power backup system.

The U-Anchor 2600 was used to fasten the solar panels to the aquarium roof, protecting it from the cold and snow and preventing roof leaks. The U-Anchor 2600 consists of a  weatherized steel plate fastened over the existing roof and flashed in using anroofing industry standard three course coating detail.  It installs quickly by hot air welding the target to the fully adhered membrane and can go on at a rate of 12 per man hour. A ballasted system was used to attach the panels with Schletter FixZ rails and the U-Anchor 2000 as the rooftop attachment. “We were able to get larger uplift resistance using the attachments,” said Peter Rienks of Inovateus Solar, the solar integrator for the project.

The new photovoltaic panels are the first stage of Shedd’s Master Energy Roadmap, which was announced in January. The energy initiative’s goal is to cut Shedd’s energy consumption from other sources of electricity in half by 2020 and eventually make it the nation’s first clean energy-powered cultural institution. The long term goal of the Master Energy Roadmap is to save 10 million kilowatts of electricity annually or enough to power 750 households. “Protecting and preserving the living world is at the heart of Shedd Aquarium and we understand that conservation and sustainability begin at home in the aquarium,” said Ted A. Beattie, Shedd President and CEO. “We’re grateful for the generous support from our public and private partners to help Shedd be among the first cultural institutions to adopt a comprehensive clean energy model.”

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor patented, non-ballasted, andnon-penetrating rooftop attachment products for the attachment of roofing equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. U-Anchors maintain the membrane manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. The U Anchor 2600 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty. The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit,plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, and antennas, among many others. For more details, please contact us. Or read the press release from Inovateus Solar about their involvement in the project.

Solar Energy is More Than Just Clean

It makes perfect sense that solar power is better for the environment than fossil fuels and oil. But other than not running out, why is it better and by how much? Solar photovoltaic, known as PV, is becoming more mainstream and it’s benefits are numerous and significant.

Carol Olson, a research at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands said, “PV electricity contributes 96 percent to 98 percent less greenhouse gases than electricity generated from 100 percent coal and 92 percent to 96 percent less greenhouse gases than the European electricity mix.”

Olson went on to detail the many other environmental advantages of PV. “Compared with electricity from coal, PV electricity over its lifetime uses 86 to 89 percent less water, occupies or transforms over 80 percent less land, presents approximately 95 percent lower toxicity to humans, contributes 92 to 97 percent less to acid rain, and 97 to 98 percent less to marine eutrophication,” she said. Eutrophication is the cause of algae blooms through the discharge of excess nutrients.

There are also many unexpected health and economic benefits from choosing solar power. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), “Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy has been found to reduce premature mortality and lost workdays, and it reduces overall healthcare costs.The aggregate national economic impact associated with these health impacts of fossil fuels is between $361.7 and $886.5 billion, or between 2.5 percent and 6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).” Solar also creates no air pollution emissions and does not use water, so unlike fossil fuels it does not create water pollution. The UCS states, “Natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) requires large amounts of water and all thermal power plants, including those powered by coal, gas, and oil, withdraw and consume water for cooling.”

Solar creates jobs, generates tax revenues and helps the economy grow by keeping energy prices steady. It requires many employees for the manufacture and installation of PV panels; however, many other new jobs are often created in fields like financial, legal, sales, and consulting services. Landowners generate income from leasing their land for PV panels and local governments collect property and income taxes and other payments from renewable energy project owners.

Solar and other renewables help keep prices steady and insulate consumers and businesses from spikes in prices. According to the UCS, “Utilities spend millions of dollars on financial instruments to hedge themselves from these fossil fuel price uncertainties. Since hedging costs are not necessary for electricity generated from renewable sources, long-term renewable energy investments can help utilities save money they would otherwise spend to protect their customers from the volatility of fossil fuel prices.” Solar also diversifies our energy supplies and lowers the demand and price for fossil fuels. This helps protect consumers when energy prices rise.

Solar energy is not just good because it clean, free and renewable, it also has economic impacts that can help keep our economy strong and growing.

Using E-Commerce in All Business Industries

As we all have some sort of internet capable device at our disposal these days, it makes sense to be able to allow customers the chance to peruse and buy your products online. Although this has been commandeered and embraced by high street retailers, there is usually a place for e-commerce in any business.

Even those trading within B2B environments are now embracing the concept of offering products online, no matter whether retail or wholesale to those who may be interested in buying it. That’s why you’ll now find a range of Anchor products available to buy online.

E-commerce also doesn't necessarily have to involve selling a direct product which has to be shipped out to a customer, though if you have the means to do this you should definitely have a your own online store. You should also consider if your business has something to offer alternative to a ship able product, like a service or consultation. Expertise can be provided online or over the telephone and could prove lucrative.

One sector which has benefited massively from e-commerce is the gambling industry, and specifically bingo. Whereas bingo halls have been in decline in the last few years, the number of players in online bingo sites has increased dramatically. You only have to look look at a site such as Bingo Strike which seeks to find the best bingo site, to see the sheer number of these brands all able to take advantage and thrive through offering their games online, even if for free initially. In addition to this, many brands complement the great bingo experience and slot game fun with merchandise available for purchase, or also to win. This mixes the idea of an online service with a tangible product that can be ordered and shipped to a customer.

Of course online gambling is about risk and should always be beneficial for the brand. As the saying goes in casinos, the house always wins. However this is unfortunately not the case in all organisations so you must make the assessment of whether the risk is worth the potential return of setting up your business online. You should at the very least have a website promoting and advertising the goods and services you sell, no matter if if they are available to purchase over the Internet or not. It's worth researching you industry to find out what's receptive, where you can advertise your online store, and dig for any success or failure stories within a similar industry. 

So whether you're in construction or cosmetics, building or bingo, you should definitely ensure your business is making the most from e-commerce.

U-Anchors Installed At Caribbean Resort Are Tested By Hurricane Gonzalo

U-Anchor rooftop attachments can provide approx. 1,000 lbs of ultimate load force in tension, and approx. 2,000 lbs of ultimate load force in shear.

The U-Anchor 2000 withstands another blast of hurricane force winds!

The 800 kW Trina solar power generation system was secured to a Carlisle TPO roof membrane in a hybrid system, consisting of U-Anchor 2000 attachments and ballast solar racking on top of the Weston Dawn Beach Resort & Spa in St. Maarten. The system provides solar electric power to 317 guestrooms, restaurants, restrooms, laundry facilities and the spa.

The hurricane slammed into St. Maarten on Monday, Oct. 13, with no damage to the rooftop attachments and only minor debris-blown damage to the solar panels. Surrounding homes and boats were destroyed and the community’s water and power utilities reported outages. The solar electric power at the resort remained uninterrupted.

Hurricane Gonzalo was the second time the U-Anchor’s held a rooftop solar project securely in place while hurricane force winds blasted a rooftop solar project. U-Anchors shielded a project on a large factory roof in Yonkers, New York, from 90 mph wind gusts during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Anchor Products completed the project in partnership with Sollega, Inc., which provided the ballasted racking portion of the hybrid system.

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor 2000 patented rooftop solar attachment products for the attachment of solar equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. When properly installed, the U-Anchor can withstand approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load force in tension, and approximately 2,000 lbs of ultimate load force in shear.

U-Anchor 2000 can be used on ballasted or non-penetrating designs. U-Anchors maintain the roofing manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. U-Anchor 2000 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, lightning protection and antennas, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

Anchor Products E-Store Now Open

Anchor Products U-Anchor rooftop attachments can now be purchased at anytime via www.AnchorP.com. The U-Anchor 2000 attaches solar racking systems to a roof membrane in both ballasted and non-ballasted solar mounting projects.

“As demand grows for the U-Anchors we wanted to implement Web-based technology to assist our customers so we needed an on-line store to accomplish this,” said Joel Stanley, President of Anchor Products, LLC. He added, “The website also contains data sheets and help in identifying the proper U-Anchor for the rooftop materials on which the solar project will be mounted.”

The U-Anchor 2000 consists of an galvalume weatherized steel plate with a 3/8 inch by 16 by ¾ inch tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target. It installs on any thermoplastic surface from flat to vertical.

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor patented, ballast-free, and non-penetrating rooftop attachment products for the attachment of roofing equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. U-Anchors maintain the membrane manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. The U Anchor 2000 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, and antennas, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

Protecting Roofs is Anchor Product's Speciality: Introducing Cover Membranes for Solar Racking

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Solar racking equipment can rub roofing membranes causing excessive abrasion and potential leaks so Anchor Products, LLC has introduced specialty Cover Strips for solar integrators working with a ballasted rooftop photovoltaic system.

The Anchor Cover Strips match the existing PVC or TPO membrane materials and have been approved by the membrane manufacturers. They act as a sacrificial layer between the racking supports and the roofing membrane.

Anchor Products Cover Strips come in a variety of widths to provide protection for the full length of the rooftop racking supports. The Cover Strips come in convenient rolls or sheets that can be hot welded onto the membrane and are accepted by single-ply roof manufacturers.

Anchor Products, LLC, of Grapevine, Texas, developed the U-Anchor 2000 rooftop attachment product for ballast-free, non-penetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems. The U-Anchor 2000 is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8” by ¾” tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO) target. The U-Anchor 2000 attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners and is a highly wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations.

U-Anchor Goes Hollywood! Anchor Products Premiers New Model: U-Anchor 2400

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Anchor Products has introduced the U-Anchor 2400 for customers preferring a direct connection to a structural element of the building. Most of Anchor Products offerings, including the U-Anchor 2000, do not penetrate the membrane.

The first installation of the new U-Anchor 2400 was on a well known, but undisclosed project in Los Angeles County, California. This project required the U-Anchor rooftop attachments to be connected to a structural element of the building. The U-Anchor 2400 is attached by fastening through the roofing assembly into the structural decking with approved fasteners and is then a cover is sealed to the roof membrane in a manor accepted by roofing manufacturers.

“The U-Anchor 2400 was developed to accommodate projects that desire penetration expanding our offerings and continuing our solution based services to solar integrators that require our expertise in roofing to develop a flawless rooftop solar project, ,”explained Anchor Products’ President Joel Stanley.

The U-Anchor 2400 is a lightweight rooftop attachment system consisting of a 5.5” galvalume coated steel plate with a 3/8” – 16 x ¾” tall stainless steel stud. The cover is factory sealed to the top of the plate. The product weights just 8 oz (227g) on most membranes, but can vary depending on the membrane.

The U-Anchor 2400 was tested in accordance with ASCE 7-05 ASTM E330-02 (2010), and TAS 117B. Third-party independent testing found the product to have approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load capacity, and they can perform in conditions that exceed hurricane force winds, including Superstorm Sandy, due to its high tensile strength and shear strength.

Anchor Products, LLC is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor patented, non-ballasted, and non-penetrating rooftop attachment products for the attachment of roofing equipment and accessories to ridged and flexible film roof membranes. U-Anchors maintain the membrane manufacturer’s warranty and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. The U Anchor 2400 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor line of products can also attach mechanical equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, and antennas, among many others. For more details, please contact us.

U-Anchor Installed in 150 MPH Wind Zone

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. – The U-Anchor 2000c™ was recently installed on the rooftop of the newly completed LEED registered building within the sustainably designed and built Anna Maria Historic Green Village.

The U-Anchor 2000c supports a solar racking system holding 42 photovoltaic panels anticipated to produce 11 KW of electricity. The mixed-use Net-Zero Energy Anna Maria Island project resides along one of Florida’s hurricane-prone tourist destinations at a Gulf of Mexico beach, where local codes require building materials to pass 150 mph wind load testing before they can be installed.

Third-party independent testing by Trinity ERD found the U-Anchor products to have approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load capacity, and the rooftop attachment product can perform in conditions that exceed hurricane force winds due to its high tensile strength and shear strength. The tests were conducted according to the ASCE 7-05 and the ASTM E330-02 (2010) standards. Read the Trinity ERD report here: Test Results.

The U-Anchor 2000c rooftop attachments were installed in Anna Maria Island with a hot air welder on the building’s 1,000 square foot fully-adhere low-slope white membrane roof without requiring any penetrations of the TPO membrane and without the need for any ballast on the solar racking system.

The U-Anchor 2000c can save time and money compared to traditional solar mounting attachment methods and can be quickly installed at a rate of 12 per man hour. Solar integrator, Region Solar of Sarasota and New England, oversaw the installation of the U-Anchor 2000c, which were also utilized to mount a rooftop copper-glass panel for solar thermal hot water heating.

“The benefit to the U-Anchor 2000c is you are not penetrating the roof,” said solar integrator Andrew Tanner of Region Solar. A roof pre-design meeting early in the project was held between the roofing contractor and Tanner to design the support structure for the flex needed in a high wind area with a TPO roof membrane. This enabled Tanner to utilize the U-Anchor 2000c.

The newly constructed building at 507 Pine Avenue will be used for residential units on the second-story and a bakery in the storefront at street level. The project is anticipated to gain LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The other buildings in the historic village were designed and built to be Net-Zero Energy and they have received USGBC’s LEED Platinum certification.

The Anna Maria Historic Green Village is a development of Mike and Lizzie Thrasher, who have spent the past eight years restoring several historic island cottages, moving and grouping them together, and then modernizing them with renewable and green energy systems. The Thrashers also worked with local entrepreneurs to create and locate their businesses in the cottages and other commercial buildings – all while preserving the Old Florida charm of the 100-year-old Gulf Coast island city.

Anchor Products, LLC of Grapevine, Texas, is the manufacturer of the U-Anchor rooftop attachment products for low-slope roof membranes. The U-Anchor products come with an industry standard material warranty.

The U-Anchor 2000c consists of an encapsulated weatherized steel plate with a 3/8 inch by ¾ inch tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target. A second 11 ¼ inch cover is welded to the bottom target to cover the steel plate. The U-Anchor 2000c attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners.

In addition to solar racking, Anchor Products’ attachment systems can secure electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, antennas, and mechanical system components, among others. For more details, please contact us.

U-Anchor 2000 Installed on One of New York Stat's Largest Rooftop Solar Projects

YONKERS, N.Y.  — The U-Anchor 2000™ rooftop attachment products from Anchor Products, LLC of Grapevine, Texas, have been installed on the i.Park Hudson rooftop solar project — one of New York State’s largest rooftop solar projects.

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The electric power generated by the photovoltaic array will serve a significant portion of the energy needed for the tenants of the 24-acre technology, office and industrial complex in Yonkers, N.Y. The project is scheduled to start producing electricity by Jan. 31. The rooftop solar array is the equivalent in area of two football fields and was developed by Chicago-based Half Moon Ventures. The building is owned by Joe Cotter, principal of real estate development firm National Resources of Greenwich, CT.

Local dignitaries, including Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 6 at the Yonkers property, on the rooftop of one of eight buildings within the complex. The buildings are covered with 3,700 solar panels and will generate power equivalent to the daily electricity needs of 120 homes.

“We were very excited to play our part in anchoring the solar racking system for this massive photovoltaic electric power generating system,” said Anchor Product’s President Joel Stanley. He added, “Our U-Anchor product has already protected this multi-million dollar solar investment from Superstorm Sandy and will continue to support this photovoltaic system for many decades to come.”

Anchor Products’ U-Anchor 2000 rooftop attachment product provided ballast-free, non-penetrating roof membrane attachment of solar module racking systems and other rooftop equipment. The patented U-Anchor 2000 is a lightweight equipment attachment system consisting of a weatherized steel plate with a 3/8″ by ¾” tall stainless steel stud, which has been heat fused to a 16 inch by 16 inch (40 cm by 40 cm) thermoplastic (PVC or TPO roofing membrane) target.

The U-Anchor 2000 attachment is designed to be installed without fasteners and is a highly wind-resistant enhancement for solar panel racking installations. It comes with an industry standard material warranty and third-party independent testing of the product by Trinity ERD found it has approximately 1,000 lbs of ultimate load capacity.

The U-Anchor 2000 does not require roof membrane penetrations and can be used with or without ballasted photovoltaic panel racking systems. According to the Kraft Roofing, which was the roofing contractor for the Yonkers project, they were able to avoid extensive crane fees and a large staging area for storing and hoisting ballast to the roof. The U-Anchor 2000 weighs only 8 ounces and they were easily carried to the roof.

The U-Anchor 2000 can be welded to any thermoplastic surface from flat to vertical with a hot air welder at a rate of 12 attachments per man hour, saving on labor costs. The U-Anchor 2000 can also attach lightning protection equipment, electrical conduit, plumbing pipes, HVAC ducting, satellite dishes, windscreens, antennas, and mechanical system components, among many others. For more details, please contact us.