Contractors usually install generators in one of a few ways: on top of a bed of gravel, on poured concrete or directly on the ground. When you combine these with the black plastic pad that comes attached to the bottom of most generators, installation is easy. Each method works, but each has big problems.
Installing on the ground is the quickest, but to keep an expensive generator working correctly (not to mention within code and under warranty) it needs to sit up and out of the dirt and mud. Usually people fix this by putting down a bed of gravel and setting the generator on top of it. Unfortunately there is a problem. Gravel shifts and settles, and the waffle-board pattern on the underside of the attached plastic pad will cause any generator to sink over time. Since generators weigh more on one end than they do on the other, they settle unevenly and a dealer needs to make a return trip to relevel the unit.
Some contractors pour their own concrete and install the generator on top of that. This works better than the gravel and keeps the generator off the ground and on a solid surface that won't shift around. It works, but the big problem is cost—cost to bring in equipment, cost to pour the concrete, cost to wait for everything to dry before the generator can be installed. It's a big, messy hassle, especially when there are other jobs waiting.
Ground, gravel or concrete. They have their problems but they were the only real options for installing a generator...until now. The GenPad™ takes what works and gets rid of everything that doesn't. Both the 3" GenPad and 4" GenPad Hurricane keeps generators out of the dirt and above grade, getting rid of the bed of gravel. The flat bottom levels the unit and keeps it from sinking into the ground. The solid construction replaces poured concrete, and the built-in steel inserts let you bolt the generator directly to the pad, eliminating damage to the unit from shifting or sliding.
Costs less than hauling and installing a bed of gravel, costs less than pouring a concrete pad at the site. Sturdy enough to support a residential generator, easy enough to set straight on the ground and professional enough to use in the biggest contracts. GenPad works.
The standard GenPad™ is ideal for most residential applications. GenPad Hurricane™ is designed for storm prone areas and is a thicker, heavier pad.