Snow….Already?

Winter.

For me, winter means stoking the wood stove, comfy womfies on early every night, driving white-knuckled, snowball fights, sledding, hot chocolate, skiing, ice fishing, and Christmas.

It also means outlooks, predictions, forecasts, and people everywhere wanting to know who’s going to get the BIG winter storms during the 2017/2018 season.

The leaves are already changing and I could smell winter in the air this past season. Ski season is right around the corner and some of the western states could actually get their first taste of winter this week!

The snow could start falling as early as Thursday night in the northern Rockies – Montana and Wyoming will see the bulk of the September snowfall.

Coloradoans who live above 11,000’ will most likely see snow by Saturday.

What about our friends to the North, eh? The Canadian Rockies are likely to see their first winter storm of the season.

Up here in New England, the long range forecast is showing a colder winter than average (great), which, for obvious reasons, could lead to above average snowfalls for most of the region (double great).

So, what does this all mean? Well, besides packing up summer stuff and pulling out boots and coats, hats and gloves, it also means that there is no better time than now to get your snow guard projects lined up and on order.

The phones are ringing off the hook here in our offices, and we want you to beat the rush and make sure you have everything you need BEFORE the snow accumulates.

As an aside, I can’t believe I’m already talking about snow….my pool isn’t even winterized and I’m wearing flip flops. Snow? How is this even possible already?

We’ll be at the CONSTRUCT show in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday and Friday (9/14 & 9/15) – booth 1208 is where we’ll be, so come on over and discover the Alpine difference. We’ll even give you a free expo pass! Just register here.

Next month we’ll be at METALCON in Vegas! Our booth is 1042 and we’ll be happy to show you our almost 2 dozen solutions for managing snow on all types and profiles of metal roofing. Hope to see you there! If you want to register, we’re also giving away free Expo passes to this event! Just register here, and use promo code ASG2017.

Rooftop snow management is our business. So is keeping our clients happy.

We manufacture a solution for every roof type, as well as many custom fabricated systems for unique roofs and unique situations. If you have questions, just give us a call or email us – that’s what we’re here for!

Hope to see you soon. And, I hate to say this in September, but….keep warm!

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Project Photo Series: Spotlight on PP235LS

I think probably the coolest thing about my job here at Alpine SnowGuards is the interaction and partnerships we have with our clients. I don’t mean that in a broad, general sort of way, I mean truly, real connections. Maybe it’s because I’m an extrovert. Maybe it’s because I love meeting new people. Maybe it’s because I’m the baby of 9 kids. Or maybe it’s a culmination of all those things.

Every year I try to send out a few emails asking our clients if they have any project photos they could share with us. The only caveat being that Alpine SnowGuards grace the rooftop.

I’m still stunned at the amount of photos you’ve shared this year. Thank you!

One of my favorite groups of photos so far this year was sent by Titan Roofing in Albany, New York.

The Del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, NY now sports our PP235LS three-pipe height adjustable system. Powder-coated to match the tile roofing, this an ideal, rugged solution when faced with those snowy northeast winters.

Looks great, right? We thought so, too.

These photos caught my eye mostly because the show how our snow guards are functional, rugged AND attractive.

  • Height Adjustable
  • Bracket is available in Aluminum or Brass
  • Tile Base Plate is available in Aluminum or Brass
  • Tile Base Plate is available in 2 lengths to match your tile: 13 ¼” L or 18 ¼” L (both lengths are 10 9/16″ W overall)
  • Overall measurements (Tile Base Plate with Bracket extended to tallest, most upright position): 13 ¼” L (or 18 ¼” L) x 10 9/16″ W x 11 1/16″ H
  • Accepts 1″ OD Pipe (Tubing)
  • Compatible with the use of Ice Screens
  • Internal Couplings, End Collars and End Caps are available for this system
  • Available in a multitude of RAL TIGER Drylac® Exterior Powder Coating colors
  • Made in the USA using recycled materials
  • Designed specifically to match Ludowici Spanish Tile profile
  • 39° of height adjustability allows for ease of installation and a custom setting

Stay tuned for future blogs showcasing project images. And remember, keep them coming! If you have 1 or 20 to share, feel free to send them my way. We’ll tag/mention your company when we use the image(s) and will link directly to your company’s website too!

Win/Win!

We use recycled materials, and offer a broad range of rooftop snow management solutions that can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).

Sign up for our Online Project Calculator and our Customer Service team would be happy to provide a free recommended layout for your specific snow guard project.

Have questions or need more info?  Don’t hesitate to email us or give us a call at 888-766-4273.  That’s what we’re here for!

Check out our complete product line on our website, where you can search by roof type or by snow guard style. We’ve even developed a line of frame-mounted solar snow management systems!

And in closing….

Will you be attending the CONSTRUCT show in Providence, RI later this month? We’ll be at booth #1208, so stop by and see what’s new! So if you’ll be there too, stop by, say hi, and see what’s NEW! Feel free to use this link for a free expo pass.

See you there!

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Rooftop Snow vs. Gutters

There are areas of our homes that most of us don’t think about all that often, until we have to. One of those areas is gutters. They’re there, they do their job, we clean debris & leaves out of them periodically throughout the year, spray them off from time to time to eliminate staining, and that’s pretty much the extent of it.

But bring on a winter storm, and those almost forgotten gutters may need some serious attention. Accumulated rooftop snow that eventually slides off in the form of an avalanche can leave your gutters hanging – literally – since they are directly in the line of fire

It’s almost that time of year again, even though I hate to admit it. Fall flurries are not all that uncommon in many areas of North America (including here in Vermont), and you can beat the fall rush instead of thinking later on, “I really should’ve had snow guards installed” (either that or, “I really should’ve moved south”).

Even if the area you live in receives only traces of snow on a yearly basis, one storm is all it takes. Your gutters and the areas immediately surrounding your home (landscaping, your deck, porch, air conditioning unit, BBQ grill, cars, people, and pets) deserve protection from avalanching snow. Think of it as preventative maintenance.

Alpine SnowGuards is here to help.  As the industry leader in the design, engineer, and manufacture of over 60 snow management systems, as well as countless custom designs, we have solutions for all roof types, available in many style, material, and color options.

What makes us experts?

The President and founder of Alpine SnowGuards is a former roofer with 4 decades of roofing experience, and so he and our team understand just how important maintaining the integrity of your roof is. Our snow management systems won’t void roofing manufacturer’s warranties, and they’re all rugged, extensively tested, and versatile by design – not to mention we have a style to complement every roof, and to please every taste.

Our products are all made in the U.S.A., which means faster lead times for you!

We use recycled materials, and offer a broad range of rooftop snow management solutions that can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).

Sign up for our Online Project Calculator and our Customer Service would be happy to provide a free recommended layout for your specific snow guard project.

Have questions or need more info?  Don’t hesitate to email us or give us a call at 888-766-4273.  That’s what we’re here for!

Check out our complete product line on our website, where you can search by roof type or by snow guard style. We’ve even developed a line of frame-mounted solar snow management systems!

So, beat the fall rush!  Your gutters will thank you.

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Does Your Solar Array Need Snow Guards?

Are you the proud owner of a solar array in a geographical area with winter conditions that include snow and ice? Congrats – you’re contributing to a healthier environment, AND you’re saving money at the same time.

Win/Win!

Whether you have a new array or are considering installing one, you should be aware that the accumulation of snow and ice on solar panels could cause a new problematic condition on your roof. The build-up of snow and ice on solar panels has the potential to form an avalanche phenomenon as accumulated snow and ice leave the surface of the solar panel array.

Why would you have this problem? Snow has never fallen off your roof in an avalanche before….

In North America, over 80 % of the roofs installed on residential construction are asphalt composition shingles. If you own a building with this type of roofing material and live in an area with snow and ice conditions, you have probably never experienced a significant roof avalanche. The reason for this is that the granules on the surface on the composition shingles function as friction. Snow and ice accumulations tend to cling to these granules, while melted snow and ice, in the form of running water, works its way out from underneath the accumulated mass as a function of gravitational pull. Many people describe this as “snow melting into the roof.”

However, if your roof surface is hard and smooth, and in the case of solar panels, glass, the melting runoff acts as a lubricant between the panel surface and the accumulated snow mass above. As this happens the panel surface becomes frictionless (no granules to allow water to run off as the mass is held in place) and the entire accumulated snow mass will release and come barreling off the solar panels like an avalanche. We’ve even created a hashtag for this phenomenon: #SolAvalanche

When a roof snow avalanche occurs, gutters are sometimes ripped off, expensive landscaping can be destroyed, cars and other items in driveways and on porches or deck are sometimes damaged, and pets may be in harm’s way – but most importantly it can become a serious hazard to pedestrians.

Alpine SnowGuards, the leader in rooftop snow management devices, and the sister company of EcoFasten Solar, has the remedy: Solar Snow Management.

We manufacture frame-mounted systems that will manage the snow and ice. Systems that have been engineered through years of research to provide a super low-profile.  In fact, we’re the originators of solar snow management!

Take a look at your options:

Solar SnowMax – R2

Designed for use on the eave-edge of the array, Solar SnowMax-R2 is the largest fence option, with the fence/bar measuring 2” tall for projects requiring a higher fence on the eaves. The grooved front accepts an optional black insert strip to match the panel frame.

Solar SnowMax – Standard

Our original solar snow management system, which was designed to be installed along the eave-edge of an array, has now shifted to being used for additional, up-slope tiers of snow management. The 1-inch high fence/bar on the Solar SnowMax-Standard is ideal for up-slope installation due to the low-profile, which minimizes shading.

Solar Snow Pads

Like Solar SnowMax-Standard, our Solar Snow Pad was also designed to be used when additional up-slope tires of solar snow management are needed. The unique trait about the Solar Snow Pads is that’ll also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which creates a hybrid system in that it can be used as pad-style snow management AND as a pipe-style system if you choose to add the rods.

Determining proper application is easy with our Solar Snow Management Application Guide!

Because the majority of panels don’t generate electricity along the edges, the shading effect is next to nothing. Take a look at our Solar SnowMax Shade Angle Analysis, which was based on factors like roof pitch, geographical latitude, snow load calculations and the overall height of the Solar SnowMax system.

Installers all over the country are already using Solar SnowMax. Shouldn’t you, too? Peace of mind is priceless.

Monitor your solar panels. Watch how snow and ice melts and falls from them.  Be mindful of paths, your driveway, your landscaping, your pets, and most importantly, pedestrians.

We would love to hear your observations – let us know YOUR personal experience with snow and ice on solar panels.

Questions? Just email us or give us a call at 888.766.4273 – that’s what we’re here for!

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Guest Blog: Eco-Friendly Roof Materials

Being the resident blogger at Alpine SnowGuards for the past 4 years means that I’ve gotten to watch it grow in popularity as the authoritative voice in the industry. As the blog has continued to evolve and grow, so have emails and calls from guest bloggers asking if we would entertain the idea of posting a blog written by someone other than us.

The answer is YES, we always have room for quality guest blog posts that are relevant to the roofing and/or snow guards industries. So when Matt Smith of Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors in Oklahoma City sent me one of his blog ideas, I jumped at the chance because I know the value and importance of sharing imparted knowledge with as many people as possible.

With that being said….Matt, take it away!

Eco-Friendly Roof Materials

Author: Matt Smith, Choice Solutions Roofing and Exteriors

If nature had its way, no harm would come to our environment. Unfortunately, humans are the ones in charge which have resulted in much harm done to earth and its life living on it. Luckily with a higher awareness that has come forth in most of the today’s society, there is hope that big changes are about to come.

Construction has been one of the big culprits that played a role in the greenhouse gasses and reduction of natural resources. The green movement going into force is challenging the way we construct our homes, encouraging the construction industries to find more sustainable options.

When you are looking for the right roofing material for your home, the best option is to choose eco-friendly materials which will provide a healthier and greener environment for all.

Examples of Eco-friendly roofing materials on the market

White Roofs

You can cut your energy bills by using less air condition during the day. The roofs that are lighter in color or that has been coated with a white coating will reflect the sun rays, not allowing your home to get hot in the summer.

White Roof

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Metal Roofs

A metal roof that is 100% recyclable is no doubt a sustainable building material. These roofs can last up to 50 years which reduces construction waste. Metal is fire resistant, a good material to use when harvesting rainwater and reflex sunlight which makes these roofs a great choice when it comes to sustainability.

Metal Roof

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Wood shakes

Using shingles that come from a managed forest allows you to keep that classic appearance and at the same time considerate to the environment.

 Clay or reclaimed slate

Clay or reclaimed slate is very durable and can give that natural feel for up to one century, therefore they are very eco-friendly. This roofing material has been around for ages but is brought up to date and today you can get them in light-colored clay tiles that will give your home the benefit of a cool roof system.

Recycled Materials

Recycled roof shingles made from recycled materials, such as plastic, wood fiber, and rubber. Even though these shingles consists of varies materials the finished roof looks like recycled slate and cedar shakes. They are affordable and durable with a lifespan of over 50 years. Less waste during the making of these roofs and the need to process new raw materials gets minimized causing less pollution.

Living Roofs

Having plants growing on top of your roof might cost a bit more, but the green benefits are many and these roofs give your home a wonderfully authentic look. Storm water management, insulation, and a cooling effect are just a few benefits these roofs offer.

Green roof

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Rubber Shingles

These shingles, made from old tires coated with ground slate to enhance texture. Not only do these shingles make use of material that would have gone to waste in the land-field, but they produce durable roofs that can last for up to 50 years because of their resistance to storms and harsh weather. These shingles are also found in different colors.

As technology in the construction industry is improving, so is the roofing material and additional roofing applications, for examples Solar roof panels which can make your overall home more sustainable by generating solar energy for your house.

If you were to compare these Eco-friendly roofs with some conventional roofing materials, you will find that going green is in many cases the less expensive and most durable way to go.

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Residential Roofing & Pipe-Style Snow Guards

“Do you guys make a pipe-style snow guard that won’t look too commercial on a standing seam metal residential roof?” –Dennis C.

“Hi Dennis. Thanks for the question. It’s funny you should ask! We were JUST talking about this at a recent meeting. Over the years we’ve noticed a recurring trend: when snow guards are specified for residential use, it seems more often than not that pad-style snow guards are the go-to snow management solution. There’s a common misconception that pipe-style snow guards were designed for commercial use. With that said, I encourage you to take a look at our ASG3000 two-pipe system.”

Dennis’ question really got me thinking. Thinking not only about Alpine SnowGuards products, but also thinking about how we need to make sure you all know that there is a GREAT pipe-style solution for managing snow on residential standing seam metal roofing.

I’ll tell you the same thing I told Dennis: Take a look at our ASG3000.

With its close-to-the-roof, low-profile design, and the ability to accommodate two 1” OD pipes, the ASG3000 is a rugged, proven snow management system that is functional, secure, AND attractive. The use of two oval-point set screws provides a secure attachment point without penetrating the roofing material, and will not void roofing manufacturer’s warranties.

Here’s a look at the Assembly/BOM. Simple, straightforward components!

If you want your snow management system to match the roofing material, we offer powder-coating using RAL TIGER Drylac® Exterior colors (only a small portion of available colors is shown below – click the “colors” link to see all available colors). I have to say, the powder-coated systems I’ve seen are sleek and absolutely beautiful.

ASG3000 shown powder-coated to match the roof

The system is available in configurations for both vertical and horizontal seams, and is compatible with the use of ice flags (as seen below) or ice screen.

The homeowners we know who’ve had the ASG3000 installed on their roof are happy they did – and we know your clients will like knowing there’s a low-profile pipe option for their standing seam metal roofs.

We manufacture over 60 snow management systems for ALL roof types, new or retrofit. Pad-Style, Pipe-Style, Fence-Style, and even systems specifically engineered for managing snow on solar arrays. Have questions or want to know more about the ASG3000, or any system in our product line? Email our dedicated customer service crew – they’d be more than happy to help.

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EcoFasten Solar to Debut FOUR New Products at Intersolar!

With just 20 days separating us from opening day of Intersolar N.A., the excitement in the air is palpable here at EcoFasten Solar. Everyone from Marketing (hey wait, that’s me!), to sales, production and shipping is getting stoked. That familiar July feeling is here….on the home front, that’s a very welcome feeling, especially up here in VT, where we still had snow on the ground in May. And on the business side of things, it’s full steam ahead as we prepare to knock your socks off with our debut of FOUR new products!

We’ll be at booth 9433, so make sure to stop by, say hi to the crew, see the new systems, and walk away with a deeper understanding of why the top installers in the country have been relying on our easy to install, patented, watertight systems to make their time on the roof less time-consuming, and their installs the most secure.

We’ve launched products in the past at Intersolar – products like our first rail-free system, Rock-It System, the low-slope go-to system, SimpleGrip-SQ, CorruSlide for corrugated metal roofing….the list goes on. This year will be no different, and we know you’ll like what you see – the 4 new systems have been precision-engineered and are just waiting for you….

I’ll let our show staff talk to you about ALL the advantages of each system, and in the meantime, here’s a (very) brief overview of each. Like I said, we know you’ll like what you see.

SimpleBlock-PV

Our latest rail-free racking system, SimpleBlock-PV, was designed for standing seam metal roofing applications, and can also be used as a rail-based mounting system (no mid-clamps).

SimpleRack SR-X°

Engineered specifically to fill a void in the marketplace – PV on flat concrete roofs. This rail-free system offers fixed-position mounting, as well as the ability to extend the mounting height to accommodate things like roof vents. Already introduced to the Puerto Rico and Mexico markets, SimpleRack SR-X° (the X° is for “10 degrees”) is the ideal solution for flat concrete roofing applications.

Rock-It System 4.0

I don’t know why, but I’ve never been a fan of the term “new and improved”, but, well, that’s exactly what the Rock-It System 4.0 is. Designed for use on composition shingle and tile roofing, the 4.0 is faster and easier to install with simple, straightforward components. Compliant with UL 2703: First Edition, Rock-It System 4.0 features integrated electrical bonding and is Class A Fire Rated.

Tile System – Rail Based

The newest of the 4, the Tile System (not yet on our website) will deliver huge time-savings and cost-efficiency for arrays installed on tile roofing. The innovative flashing replaces one complete tile and eliminates the need for cutting, drilling or grinding of tiles. The system is competitive with tile hooks, yet offers a much faster, cleaner, and simpler install.

So, we’ll see you in 20 days, right?

We can’t wait! Remember, we’ll be at booth 9433. See you soon!

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Pad-Style Snow Guards: Historical. Timeless. Traditional. Classic.

You’ve seen them gracing the rooftops of many buildings, but did you know that pad-style snow guards offer a great source for snow management, while also lending a classic look to any roof? It’s true, and with such a wide, diversified pad-style product line, we have no doubt we can provide the snow guard that’s right for the project, the roof, and for individual tastes.

Let’s back up here a minute. I believe it’s hugely important for you to know where we’re coming from, and to know the history behind our products.

You might be interested to know that Alpine SnowGuards wasn’t always our name. Brian, our President and founder, started the company under the name Vermont Slate & Copper Services (VSCS). He worked for 2 decades as a slate roofing contractor, even consulting on slate roofing jobs as far away as Japan. He’s also co-author of The Slate Book, establishing his place as an authority in the industry.

As VSCS grew, Brian noticed that the snow guards he was purchasing for his roofing jobs wouldn’t hold up to the heavy snow loads of some areas of the country. They would fold, crush, and eventually fail. So, Brian began making his own line of snow guards that were rugged enough to withstand the load and the elements. That’s the original, below!

Not only did his innovative designs work, they worked so well that other roofing contractors started asking where he got these new, rugged snow guards because they wanted to purchase them for their own roofing jobs. And so began our transition into a snow guard manufacturing company, which became a full-time venture in the late 1990’s, and was a natural transition given the loads of experience gained during the VSCS days.

Now you know the history of how we went from slate roofing contractor, to the leader of the rooftop snow management industry. It all started with pad-style snow guards, and with good reason – pad-style snow guards, especially in copper, were the top choice for slate roofs because of the integrity, and because of the timeless, historical element they add to the roof. They’re simply beautiful. And simply put: They do the job they were engineered to do, manage snow.

Our traditional pad-style snow guards are designed specifically to add friction to a frictionless surface (like slate), by managing the snow and ice in a way that allows a slow, controlled melt, instead of a sudden roof avalanche, which can put in harm’s way people, pets, landscaping, vehicles, gutters, plumbing vents, lower roof sections, skylights, you name it….if anything is in the area immediately sounding a building, and a roof avalanche occurs, the results will not be pretty.

Our pad-style snow guards provide increased strength and durability thanks to our “fish head” design, which will not unfold, and will maintain aesthetic integrity. They are available in several finish options (including the best-selling copper), as well as many color options.

HISTORICAL. TIMELESS. TRADITIONAL. CLASSIC.

If you’re looking for a practical, cost-efficient solution to managing rooftop snow with a classic look, you’ve come to the right place.

Take a look at a few solutions from our product line-up, featuring pad-style snow guards for nearly all roof types, new or retrofit!

Slate & Synthetic Slate

When you think of slate roofing, you most likely think of old houses, churches, libraries, and a wide variety of historical places. The beauty and life of a slate roof deserve snow guards that will enhance the slate, not detract from it.

With 9 varieties of pad-style snow guards designed for use on slate and/or synthetic slate roofing, we’ve got what you’re looking for. With a strap length of almost 16” and a pad area of a robust 2 3/8”, the PD10 provides a low-profile, while minimizing the disruption of slate patterns by allowing a secure mechanical attachment to structural roof decking. They’re also visually stunning.

PD10’s and PD10R’s are our most sought-after solutions for managing snow on natural slate roofing.

Corrugated Metal

Corrugated metal roofing can be tricky, and we’ve designed pad-style snow guards that can’t be tricked. With solutions available for corrugated metal and through-fastened roofs, your options are our PD30 and our PD80.

The PD30 can be soldered or through-fastened (recommended) and are also available in many finish and powder-coating color options, allowing you to match or complement the roofing material.

Looking for something different? Our PD80 is a popular style that’s unique “saddle” design holds back snow and ice while allowing melt off and rain flow through.

Standing Seam

Also referred to as “Clamp-to-Seam” snow guards, our selection of 10 styles (pad, pipe and fence-style) for use on metal standing seam roofs run the gamut from simple to sophisticated, while maintaining the integrity of your roof, providing a beautiful element to your building, and most importantly, managing rooftop snow accumulation.

Our standing seam snow guards utilize oval-point set screws, so they attach directly to the seam, won’t penetrate the roofing material, and will not void roofing manufacturer’s warranties.

The ASG33G snow guard is extruded and milled with a uniquely shaped “flag” that provides visual interest combined with functionality, and can be powder-coated to match the roofing material.

Like the PD80 (above), our PD81 utilizes the “saddle” design, which was designed to hold back snow and ice while allowing melt-off and rain to flow through. For use on vertical standing seams, the PD81 has been used for applications from residential to commercial.

Composition Shingle / Cedar Shingle

With 9 styles of pad-style snow guards for composition & metal shingle roofing applications, our lineup includes traditional pad-style designs as well as wire loop snow guards.

Our PD40 snow guard is the most widely used pad-style for shingle roofing, with a strap length of 6 ½”, and our fish-head design, the PD40 is the ideal size for most composition shingle applications.

Another option that’s used quite often is the PD50 snow guard. The PD50 can be used on slate, synthetic slate, composition shingle, cedar shingle, and tile roofing. At 18” in length and a grooved front pad, the taller profile is a great solution for managing snow accumulation.

You can use our convenient pad-style snow guard calculator to estimate how many pad-style snow guards you’ll need for your project.

Check out our entire product line and discover why Alpine SnowGuards is the leader of the rooftop snow management industry. We design, engineer and manufacture snow guards for all roof types, even solar arrays and MANY custom snow guards!

It’s also important to note that our solutions that can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).

We’ll be at Western Roofing Expo in Vegas next week, and we would love to see you there! Stop by booth #550 and talk with our experts about how our snow guards (made in Morrisville, Vermont) can mitigate liability and help prevent a roof avalanche! If you haven’t registered yet, no worries – there’s still time. In fact, here’s a FREE PASS! We hope to see you there!

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5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Western Roofing Expo

In just 11 days, Alpine SnowGuards will be in Las Vegas, exhibiting at Western Roofing Expo 2017. This will be the first WRE we’ve exhibited at, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

 

 

 

 

 

The event takes place at Paris® Las Vegas and has been touted as the western roofing industry’s largest, most comprehensive event of 2017. If that’s not reason enough to attend, I’ve got 5 more GREAT reasons you should know about.

1. Connections, Connections, Connections!

Making powerful connections is the foundation to any successful partnership, and keeping those connections is as important as forming them to begin with. Just by attending, you can expand your network and boost your bottom line. Take advantage of the golf tournament on Sunday the 11th, benefiting the Davis Memorial Foundation at the Revere Golf Club, where you can get a jump on meeting new people, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Vegas skyline, and get your golf on, all for a great cause. The event is sponsored by Allied Building Products.

If golf’s not your thing, that’s OK, Allied is also sponsoring a Sporting Clays Tournament on a 21-station course, which will also benefit the David Memorial Fund.

Don’t forget, there’s also a Welcome Party and Silent Auction Sunday night from 5:00-8:00. The party, sponsored by GAF, is free to all registered attendees. While you wine and dine, the silent auction will be in fill-swing, with items including trips, golf supplies, jewelry, sports memorabilia, electronics, roofing products, and more!

2. Over 180 exhibitors will be there, showcasing the latest and greatest innovations in the roofing industry

That’s 180+ exhibitors, including us, Alpine SnowGuards! We’ll be at booth #550 and would love to show you what’s NEW! Not much more I can say about this, so get out there, see what’s new, see what’s hot, and get a leg up on the competition!

3. Educational opportunities galore

The speakers and sessions offered at WRE 2017 are almost endless, and are offered in such a wide variety that you’ll need to take a look and determine which to attend (So. Many. Choices.)

4. It’s FREE to attend for contractors, engineers, and more

Click on the free pass above to get FREE admission to the show!

5. It’s in Las Vegas!

Need I say more? (Want to have fun in Vegas without breaking the bank? Check out this post from 2014 entitled, “11 Things to Do in Vegas for under $20)

We’ll see you there!

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We keep snow in its place

www.alpinesnowguards.com

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Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and manufactures snow management systems from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, engineering firms, developers, and roofing manufacturers to ensure we deliver quality products that do what we say they’ll do. Alpine SnowGuards can help a building qualify for LEED® credits.

3 Ways to Prevent a Solavalanche

Most of you already knew this, but in case you didn’t (it never hurts repeating), Alpine SnowGuards led the charge in engineering snow management systems that were designed specifically for use on solar arrays. In fact, we currently manufacture 3 systems, each with its own unique features, making deciding which system to go with a walk in the park!

So, what are these systems, and what are the differences between them? Taking a step back makes the most sense, so you can get a good feel of where the solar snow management idea stemmed from, as well as where it is now.

Because the face of solar panels are fabricated from glass, there’s no surface area/friction for snow to grip onto, and nothing to stop it from building up, eventually releasing in an avalanche manner, in the form of what we Alpine-ites like to refer to as a solavalanche.

If you live, work, or play in an area of the country that sees any accumulated snowfall, you know what I’m talking about….and you know the drill. Come to think of it, you probably know the noise, too: That shifting, sliding, melting snow that avalanches off your roof in one massive tha-wump. These solavalanches can damage expensive landscaping, vehicles, BBQ grills, gutters, plumbing vents….or worse, they can harm (and even kill) people and animals.

Enter Solar SnowMax, a frame-mounted solution that has become, over the years, a go-to for solar installers installing solar arrays in areas of the country that accumulate any amount of snow. Think about this: The calculated snow load of a single solar panel is approximately 800 lbs/panel (50 lbs/sf x 16 sf average per panel). It’s starting to make sense, right?

Take a look at our systems below:

Solar SnowMax-R2

Designed for use on the eave-edge of the array, Solar SnowMax-R2 is the largest fence option, with the fence/bar measuring 2” tall for projects requiring a higher fence on the eaves. The grooved front accepts an optional black insert strip to match the panel frame.

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Solar SnowMax-Standard

Our original solar snow management system, which was designed to be installed along the eave-edge of an array, has now shifted to being used for additional, upslope tiers of snow management. The 1-inch high fence/bar on the Solar SnowMax-Standard is ideal for upslope installation due to the low-profile, which minimizes shading.

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Solar Snow Pad

Just like Solar SnowMax-Standard, our Solar Snow Pads are also designed to be used when additional upslope tiers of solar snow management are needed. The unique trait about the Solar Snow Pads is that they also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which creates a hybrid system in that it can be used as pad-style snow management AND as a pipe-style system if you choose to add the rods.

Installation Video:

Determining proper application is easy with our Solar Snow Management Application Chart!

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Managing snow on solar makes sense. These snow management solutions have been proven as the strongest on the market, due to their rugged engineering and aircraft-grade aluminum fabrication. They’re ideal for roof-top solar arrays and carports, for both commercial and residential applications, and can be installed on either portrait or landscape orientation arrays. The frame-mounted fence systems have a grooved front to accept an optional black color insert strip, to match black panel frames.

Now is the time to start thinking about solar snow management, long before the snow flies, and before we all get busy with other things like, oh, I don’t know….enjoying summer ☼

(Above: My husband and Son at one of our favorite fishing spots)

If you’d like more information, visit the solar snow management section of our website. Everything you need is there, including product-specific documentation like cut sheets, assembly sheets, installation instructions, and specifications. Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions or would like to know more about our Solar SnowMax and Solar Snow Pad product line.

Alpine SnowGuards will be at Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas June 12-13 (print your free pass here), so if you’re there too, stop by booth 550 and we’ll show you our solar solutions, as well as answer any questions about our extensive line of rooftop snow management devices. We manufacture over 60 systems for all roof types, with countless custom snow guards under our belt!

If you’re a solar installer, our Sister company, EcoFasten Solar will be at Solar Power Texas in Austin (booth 10, June 13-14), Intersolar North America in San Francisco (booth 9433, July 11-13), and Solar Power International in Las Vegas (booth 841, Sep 11-13). We’ll have our solar snow management solutions with us, so come on over, say hi, and take a look at our complete product line, which includes solar roof mounts, components, and rail-free racking systems. EcoFasten Solar was voted #1 Racking & Mounting Company in 2016….come see what all the fuss is about!

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We keep snow in its place

www.alpinesnowguards.com

info@alpinesnowguards.com 

888.766.4273

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Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and manufactures snow management systems from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, engineering firms, developers, and roofing manufacturers to ensure we deliver quality products that do what we say they’ll do. Alpine SnowGuards can help a building qualify for LEED® credits.