1 year later – QuickBOLT still improving their QB2
By Mikey Wiener, content editor, QuickBOLT
QuickBOLT has firmly established itself as an innovator in solar mounting since they released their original top mount over 10 years ago. They released another update last year – the QB2 – as an improvement to their second generation QuickBOLT, the Low Profile QB1. By moving from the pole bolt to the patented lag bolt design, they were able to lower the profile even further, reduce the number of parts and increase ease of use for roof installers.
QuickBOLT has shown no signs of slowing down during the pandemic and they have continued to update the product since the initial QB2 release. Today we look back on the development of this solution over the past year.
Install on more types of roofs
Originally, the QB2 was intended for only asphalt shingle roofs in residential applications. QuickBOLT worked with installers to discover that QB2 can be used just as easily on commercial roofing materials such as EPDM, TPO and rolled asphalt.
Now installers can take their favorite Microflashing® mounting solution and use it for more of their tasks. If they need a little more lift from the roof, they can opt for the height-adjustable QuickBOLT. When used in commercial lanes as an alternative to spacers, you can skip the pitch pans, the E-Curb™, and no tar build up as all you need is a little bit of sealant with the height adjustable QuickBOLT. Together they provide water protection through patented BoltSeal™ technology.
Now that you can install a single product on so many different roof types, you probably want a color option that matches the material. That’s possible with another of QuickBOLT’s updates to the QB2.
Install with Style
While most mounting solutions are sold in the stainless steel color we all know, aesthetics have come to the forefront of the mounting industry and there has been an increase in black colored mounts. QuickBOLT quickly saw the trend and offered a solution that enabled installers to deliver the perfect look for their customers’ homes. Soon every holder in the Original Top Mount line will be available for purchase with a machined black finish, so they blend in perfectly with the asphalt roof. Find QB2 with the black L-foot on QuickBOLT.com.
Install with greater ease
QuickBOLT has added a new variation to the widely popular QuickBOLT line by introducing a L-foot with split on top to the available configurations. The Black Split-Top L-Foot can be purchased in the QuickBOLT kit as 17962 (3” Microflashing®) or 17963 (4” Microflashing®).
Why a split top? An open L-Foot allows installers to easily use and connect saddle mounts found in popular shelving systems. Slide in your rails and get on with your day.
That split-top feature will soon also be found in QuickBOLTs’ deck-mounted solutions. Sign up for their email newsletter to receive updates on when it will be available.
Combine top mounts for the ultimate configuration
QB2 may be the newest QuickBOLT around, but the Direct mounting on the deck proudly holds the title for QuickBOLT’s newest Top Mount. They teased this product with a pre-order option on their website later in 2020 and knew they had a hit by selling out within days of making it officially available for purchase.
The D2D Direct-to-Deck Mount is an alternative to the truss mounted QuickBOLTs. Advantages for the installer? Mount this solution anywhere on the deck and skip locating tricky trusses.
However, that flexibility has its drawbacks, as deck-mounted products cannot naturally achieve as high a lift capacity as rafter-mounted solutions. This means that if an installer only wants to use deck mounts, he will need a larger amount for his array.
Rick Gentry, VP Sales at QuickBOLT offered this piece of wisdom to the market,
“What we’ve found is that installers are more interested in using a combination of the QuickBOLTs with the Direct-to-Decks rather than a full conversion to deck-mounted arrays. In this way they can maintain the superior lifting power of the rafter mounted products and add some flexibility in placement with the deck mounted solutions. We expect this type of combined configuration to become very popular.”
Another certification benchmark added to the list
All of these improvements QuickBOLT has made over the past year are the result of collaboration with installers. They have been able to continuously adapt their solutions for new and exciting applications, such as for their aforementioned Top Mount combination, by getting direct feedback from installers. This has led to their success in designing products that fully meet industry benchmarks, such as receiving their Florida Product Approval earlier this year.
Thanks to the rigorous testing standard for Florida’s High-Velocity Hurricane Zone, the QB2 has withstood even harsher testing conditions by Intertek Labs than when it was first under development.
The end result is more confidence in the products. If it can withstand a hurricane, there isn’t much else that can beat the QB2.
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