Anchor Products Now Approved for Use in Los Angeles

Anchor Products Now Approved for Use in Los Angeles

Public safety is a top priority across the country and the city of Los Angeles is certainly no exception. A key part of protecting the residents of the city is by ensuring that buildings are constructed and maintained in accordance with accepted safety guidelines. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LABDS) is responsible for overseeing these rules which includes the use of approved building materials, electrical components, and mechanical products.

Materials and products that are approved for use in building construction receive a Los Angeles Research Report number, or LARR number. Anchor Products is proud to announce that they have successfully completed the product testing phase and have now received their LARR number!

LARR Testing Requirements

In order to ensure the safety of materials and products, the LADBS subjects components to an extensive application, testing, and review process that takes 8 to 10 weeks to complete. During this time, materials are evaluated to determine if they satisfy building codes with regards to product quality, fire resistance properties, strength, effectiveness, durability, and safety.

Now that Anchor Products has completed this stringent testing and acquired a LARR number, it’s U-Anchor 2400, U-Anchor 2600 Asphalt, and U-Anchor 2600 Coatings are approved for use in the city of Los Angeles!

Benefits of a LARR Number

Obtaining a LARR number is beneficial on multiple levels. Beyond the obvious reason of receiving approval for products to be used for building materials in the city of Los Angeles, the LARR number also adds an additional layer of credibility to the quality of the product.

The thorough testing of the LABDS means that building products are robust and of a high quality suitable for numerous building applications across the country and worldwide. While the examination of products is tailored to the environment of Los Angeles, the qualities being evaluated are largely universal. The LARR number demonstrates that their associated products are tested and proven to perform safely under demanding conditions.

Anchor Products Prioritizes Quality and Safety

Anchor Products has always put quality at the forefront of product design and manufacturing. AP’s U-Anchor has already been proven to withstand extreme winds, seismic activity, and the harshest weather events. Now with a LARR number, Anchor Products has passed another round of stringent testing and is approved for use in Los Angeles.

At Anchor Products, we aim to raise industry standards with secure rooftop equipment that is faster, simpler, smarter, and more cost effective to install. Click here to learn more about our line of U-Anchors.

Protect Your Roof And Rooftop Equipment From The Effects Of Wind

Protect Your Roof from the Effects of Wind

Insurance companies paid over $29.7 billion for both residential and commercial property claims to Americans in 2016 as a result of weather events including severe wind. Intense weather, particularly strong winds, can be especially harmful to roofs without proper planning and appropriate installation methods.

Understanding Roof Susceptibly

Equipment added to a roof increases the susceptibility of the roof to damage. Since the equipment isn’t part of the flat surface of the roof, wind can add more pressure to the equipment. If the roof is billowing, the equipment can even lift and crash back into the roof, causing cracks, pitting, and more. Sometimes the equipment can even lift off the roof, damaging the roof and/or surrounding structures, and further compromising the roofs ability to withstand the forces it was originally designed to withstand.

2015 International Mechanical Code 301.15 is designed to prevent such occurrences. It states that “Mechanical equipment, appliances, and supports that are exposed to wind shall be designed and installed to resist the wind pressures determined in accordance with the International Building Code.” This and other regulations improve roof susceptibility.

How to Protect Roofs with Added Equipment

Securing equipment installed on roofs to meet this mechanical code and protect against wind damage is essential. However, it must be done in a certain manner to accomplish specific requirements and meet building codes and insurance standards. This is exactly what the people at Anchor Products understood when they designed the U-Anchor. It accomplishes everything you need in an easy to install manner accepted by virtually every roofing manufacturer. The technology securely connects equipment to roofs in a way that unifies the design of rooftop equipment and roof to resist damaging winds, seismic activity, extreme weather events, and more potential dangers.

Raise your level of roof protection and lower the risks that equipment adds. Learn about the product offering from Anchor Products designed to prevent uplift caused by wind, seismic, and other forces of nature.

California is Pushing Residential Solar, But What About Commercial Solutions?

Shifting the Solar Paradigm

Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but it’s California that has been passing revolutionary solar legislation. A recently passed bill in the Golden State mandates that beginning in 2020, all new homes must install rooftop solar panels. The legislation is the first of its kind in the nation and a bold move, even from a state that is already leading the rest of the country in renewable energy policies.

A Missed Opportunity?

In a move scheduled to go into state-wide effect by 2020, California has just become the first state in the nation to require that all new homes install rooftop solar panels. However, while this groundbreaking legislation promises to be good for the environment and homeowners’ monthly energy bills, the commercial market is curiously left out. Not only do commercial spaces use exponentially more energy than residential dwellings, the buildings tend to be far more ideal for solar implementation with their long, flat roofs.

Joel Stanley, Founder & CEO of Anchor Products, puts this contrast in simple terms. “Companies like COSTCO that have a $40,000 electrical bill each month typically do not have solar installed on their buildings. We see an opportunity where we can put more solar on large commercial buildings with a rooftop attachment that’s safe and allows solar to be as commonplace as it is on residential applications.”

As leaders in the solar industry, and strong believers in renewable energy, Anchor Products is excited by California’s bid to make solar universal for new residences, seeing it as a way to push various industries, as well as the rest of the country, towards a more sustainable future. However, this new bill misses an opportunity to make solar just as prevalent in the commercial and industrial sectors. Not only are the environmental factors even more important, but a rooftop solar array can save companies thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on their monthly energy bill while removing strain on the grid. And yet, it is often understandable why commercial buildings don’t install solar, as most of the common methods for installing solar roof arrays, such as ballast systems, do not work well in the long run and void roof warranties.

A Solution Built to Last

Anchor Products provides commercial operations with the tools they need to follow the residential sector by quickly and affordably installing solar solutions that could significantly lower their energy costs. Anchor Product’s attachments are compatible with all solar racking systems and are both lighter and more versatile than traditional ballasted systems. All major commercial US roofing manufacturers accept U-Anchors as they do not damage the roof or void the roof warranty. U-Anchors are able to achieve this by utilizing the roofing manufacturers’ own material for perfect compatibly. The anchors are also robust, waterproof, and built to withstand seismic activity – a feature critical to both residential and commercial property owners, especially in California. Best of all, the system can even qualify your roof as part of the ITC when install appropriately.

While California’s new bill will push the rest of the nation toward standardizing sustainable energy and help homeowners save on their monthly expenses, commercial properties need to be addressed. Anchor Products enables businesses to follow suit and dramatically cut costs with their versatile, robust, and affordable solar mounting systems. To see how your business could save money and join the thousands of others who are enjoying the benefits of solar energy, just visit Anchor Products today!

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.

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