The Dangers of Using Inferior Rooftop Support Materials

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Have you ever heard the saying, “You get what you pay for”? In the realm of rooftop support materials, this phrase rings particularly true. Understanding the dangers of opting for inferior materials, specifically for rooftop pipe, duct, and conduit support, is a matter of not only financial consequence but also safety and structural integrity.

The Case Against Wood Blocks and Foam Products

Many opt for wood blocks or foam products, considering them a cost-saving measure without recognizing the potential for long-term issues and hazards. While these materials might be less expensive upfront and readily available, the cumulative cost of routine maintenance, replacements, and potential damage can far exceed any initial savings.

Deterioration Over Time

Wooden blocks and foam supports, organic and synthetic materials, are susceptible to the rigors of the environment. Harsh weather conditions, such as high heat, heavy rainfall, and cold snaps, significantly expedite the degradation process. 

UV radiation from sunlight can break down the foam, causing it to crumble and lose its structural integrity. Wooden blocks are vulnerable to rot, mold, and termite infestations. The lifespan of these materials is significantly shorter compared to robust, weather-resistant rooftop supports. This can necessitate frequent replacements, adding to overall costs.

Fire Hazard

One of the most alarming risks associated with using foam and wood rooftop supports is the heightened fire hazard. Wood, being a combustible material, can easily ignite in the presence of sparks or high heat. 

Foam products can also catch fire rapidly, especially those not specifically treated for fire resistance. In industrial settings, where high temperatures and electrical units are commonplace, this risk is magnified exponentially. Fire safety is an area where compromise for cost-cutting is simply unacceptable.

Lack of Load Capacity

Wood and foam supports pale in comparison to specialized supports when it comes to load-bearing capacity. Their inferior strength can lead to significant structural problems such as sagging, cracking, and, in worst-case scenarios, a complete collapse under the weight of heavy ducts, pipes, or conduits. This can result in equipment damage, costly repairs, and potentially serious workplace injuries.

Damage to Roof Membrane

Substandard support materials can pose a risk to the roof membrane, the crucial layer that ensures the roof’s water-tightness. Wood or foam supports can shift or deteriorate over time, causing punctures or tears in the membrane. 

This damage can lead to leaks, encouraging mold growth and potentially causing serious structural damage to the roof deck below. Repairing or replacing a compromised roof membrane can be a complex and expensive process, not to mention the potential loss of business operations during repair works.

bad rooftop support
This ductwork “support” is an excellent example of a support that doesn’t help anything. It’s not supporting the duct particularly well and the wood is liable to rot if left for much longer.

Switching to On Deck

Now, understanding the perils of substandard materials, what’s the solution? The answer lies in embracing quality. On Deck offers high-quality, durable rooftop supports, designed with safety, longevity, and cost-effectiveness in mind. So what makes On Deck’s products different?: 

Quality Materials: From pillow block supports to custom duct supports, On Deck utilizes materials that resist weathering and offer superior durability. The result? Longer lifespan, less maintenance, and cost savings in the long run. 

Safe and Reliable: Safety is not just a catchphrase at On Deck. Our products meet rigorous safety standards and are tested for load-bearing capacity, reducing the risk of collapse and subsequent damage.

Tailored Solutions: Whether it’s gas and mechanical piping, conduit, condensate, or ducts, On Deck provides a range of customized solutions. This flexibility allows you to get exactly what your project requires, ensuring optimal performance and safety.

Expert Guidance: Our experienced staff is available to provide guidance, ensuring you select the right support for your unique requirements.

As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.” Avoid the dangers associated with using substandard rooftop support materials. Trust in the durability and quality of On Deck’s range of rooftop supports to ensure the longevity and safety of your rooftop installations.

Make the smart, cost-effective, and safe choice today. Contact On Deck and discover how our products and services can elevate your business safety standards. Your roof—and your peace of mind—will thank you.