“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”
Bettersafe International design all of our products to do what they are needed to do, they are designed with the installer and the user in mind, with ergonomics and the environment in mind.
So, what is the difference in the Weight Angel and other anchors?
On the face of it there doesn’t seem much. They should all be tested and CE approved to EN795:2012 Type E. They should all be modular to allow them to be carried to the roof in parts by one person. However, that’s where the similarities stop.
There are several weight systems out there, most of which have a complicated install process and most of them have more than 50 components, with many small parts that can go missing.
These systems can include the requirement for a separate purchase of concrete slabs, and with these included have an estimated install time 30 minutes.
Compare this with the Weight Angel that has fewer than 25 parts and an install time of 5 – 10 minutes with only 4 long bolts holding the stacks of weights together.
Functionality & Safety
Several of the competitors to the Weight Angel anchor have concrete slabs that you have to “shape” yourself by breaking off corners to allow them to fit in the assembled frame. These slabs are heavy and can be dropped on fingers with every installed slab, especially when it comes to the ones in close proximity to the next one where there are no spaces around the slab to allow for safe handling.
Weight Angel weights have built in hand holds, and lock together with pins moulded into the top of the weight to maximise safety and minimise install time.
These slabs are also at an extra (estimated) £80 / €90 per anchor over the anchor cost, plus the time or carriage charge to purchase them separately.
Weight Angel weights require no shaping, cannot be broken, have hand holds to prevent trapping of fingers, and they are stackable and lock together to increase safety.
The slab-based systems use concrete which is one of the most environmentally damaging construction products, and when damaged they will be discarded.
Most of these products are manufactured from rubber or are supplied with a rubber mat on which it is installed. This reacts with PVC membranes causing them to corrode and then leak.
Weight Angel uses recycled PVC tubing to manufacture the weights, and all other components are either recycled or recyclable.
The recycled PVC also means it does not react with the roofing membrane. Another hidden advantage to the Weight Angel where massive costs of re-roofing can be avoided.
So, the difference can now be seen, and the price gap to the cheaper systems can be seen, but… what about the price difference the other way?
Look at the products at the top end of the market. Do they compare like for like with Weight Angel? Do they offer the levels of ergonomic, safety and environmental advantages?