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Roof Anchors Explained

Roof Anchors are the most common piece in the permanent window washing equipment industry. This article will help you better understand what a roof anchor is and why they are so popular.

A roof anchor at first glance is a very simple product, a basic post with a u-bar attached to the top. Looks can be deceiving and when it comes to roof anchors there is much more than meets the eye. Several factors need to be taken into consideration when designing and manufacturing a roof anchor. First we must know that the intent of the roof anchor is to protect the people who otherwise may be exposed to a fall. A typical Pro-Bel roof anchor is designed to meet a 1,000 lbs static load and a 5,000 lbs ultimate load. The static load is the allowance for a constant fixed load to be placed on the anchor. The ultimate load is a one time force in which the anchor is permitted to bend but may not fracture or detach. Some areas have regulations for roof anchors that are much stricter such as California.

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