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Pipe Support Installation: 6 Reasons You Need a Zero-Penetration Method

Posted by Marion McKnight on April 5, 2016

Not only is there more than one type of rooftop pipe support, there is also more than one way of attaching those pipe supports to the roof surface. But they all break down into one of two categories: penetrating vs. non-penetrating. Penetrating pipe supports attach mechanically through the roof membrane, while non-penetrating pipe supports sit on the surface of the roof and are anchored with ballast. And there are a number of benefits to that.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Rooftop Support Engineering

Will Your Pipe Supports Withstand Extreme Weather?

Posted by Art Valentz on March 16, 2016

Rooftop equipment and pipe supports take a beating. They’re constantly pounded by everything from temperature fluctuations to wind, rain, snow, and UV damage. And, just like the postal service, they have to come through in all kinds of weather. Most of the time, it’s your standard stuff. But, if your building is in an area prone to extreme weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards, it may take more than the basics to protect your building and its occupants.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management

8 Design Elements to Consider Before Specifying Rooftop Supports

Posted by Jason Fulton on March 8, 2016

Sticking a few pipes on a rooftop sounds pretty simple. But, as any good architect or building engineer can tell you, there’s a lot more to it than that. Inadequate supports can result in sagging, vibration, excess movement, and even pipe collapse. That, in turn, can cause extensive damage, incurring both repair costs and, depending on the severity of the damage, work stoppage. That’s why the design of rooftop supports is such an important part of any commercial building plan. There are a number of things to consider, each of which could change your final specifications. These are a few of the most important factors:

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roof Architecture

5 Must Have Factors In Your Roof Load Calculations

Posted by Art Valentz on February 9, 2016

One of the most critical aspects of engineering a roof design is calculating weight loads. Mistakes can cause catastrophic overloads of pipe supports, employee injuries, or even worse, death. Every roof is different, so there is no magic formula that guarantees the right answer in every situation. But there are common factors that should be considered when calculating roof loads. Here are a few of the most important considerations: 

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering

What is the Real Impact of Snow on Rooftop Equipment Supports?

Posted by Art Valentz on December 2, 2015

Last winter delivered record-breaking snowfalls for much of the country, and many places have already seen the first snowfall of the 2015 fall/winter season. While meteorologists are still scratching their heads as the “Godzilla El Niño” and the “Siberian Snow Monster” battle for control of our weather, there’s one thing we do know: Any amount of snow or ice can take a toll on both your commercial rooftop (flat roofs are especially vulnerable) and your rooftop equipment supports.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Maintenance

4 Reasons A Roofing Inspection Is More Important Than You Think

Posted by Art Valentz on November 23, 2015

roof-inspectionWe all know the importance of “preventive medicine” – those dreaded annual checkups and biannual dentist visits – but many of us don’t take any action until there’s a problem. It’s a gamble: Sometimes we win, saving time and money while escaping negative consequences. Other times, though, what would have been a small problem takes advantage of that time to develop into a big problem, costing much more in both time and money than if it had been nipped in the proverbial bud. 

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Maintenance

Are Your Rooftop Pipe Supports the Real Deal?

Posted by Art Valentz on October 28, 2015

Rooftop pipe supports don’t get the respect they deserve. They might look like they don’t do much, but if the pipes or ductwork they support fall and land on your roof, the damage could be catastrophic. It could even shut down your business! So, when you buy rooftop supports, it’s important to know that the ones you choose can do the job. The safest way to do that is to go with pre-engineered supports.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management

Will Climate Change Influence Roof Construction?

Posted by Marion McKnight on September 29, 2015

Climate change has become a hot topic over the last few years – it seems to always be in the news – and we’ve heard a lot about how rising temperatures will affect our world. But we’re just now beginning to understand the specific implications for different industries. The roof construction industry, in particular, has some work to do to accommodate a warming planet. That work falls into two categories: risk mitigation and environmental impact.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management, Roof Architecture

6 Do’s and Don’ts of Roof Supports

Posted by Marion McKnight on August 19, 2015

Properly installed and maintained rooftop equipment can be a great way to optimize otherwise unusable space – but the “properly installed and maintained” part is critical. Every component – the equipment, the roof supports, and the bases – has to work together the way it’s supposed to. Here’s what you need to know to make your roof supports an asset rather than a liability. 

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Topics: Installation Tips, Rooftop Support Engineering

Roof Supports: Catastrophes and Prevention Tips

Posted by Art Valentz on July 1, 2015

If you’re in this business long enough, you’re going to see any number of seemingly minor mistakes result in disastrous consequences. Businesses are under constant pressure to control costs, so it’s easy to understand why a building owner or facilities manager might try to save a few dollars. But, all too often, cutting those corners winds up costing far more than it would have to do the job right in the first place.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management

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