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.

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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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Part One: EcoFasten Solar Project Photo Series 2017

Earlier this month, like I do a few times every year, I sent out an email to our clients to see if they might have some images to share of projects utilizing our products. The bounty of photos that (almost immediately) began trickling in through my inbox was incredible! Thank you all for sharing! Every time I send one of these emails, there’s always one system I’m especially excited to see. That varies from year to year, as new products are launched or as system components evolve.

This time was no different. This time it was Rock-It System I was hoping to see. Why? I think because rail-free racking is not such a new concept anymore, and because I know how versatile the system is.

Enter Code Green Solar, and the image below showcasing the Rock-It System beautifully! Thank you, Code Green!

The rail-free Rock-It System can be installed on composition shingle or tile roofing, and features our unique top-down leveling so the array can be leveled during or after the install is complete. UL 2703: First Edition compliant, the Rock-It System is a lightweight, durable system that provides a fast, easy installation with impressive North-South adjustability and integrated electrical bonding.

Want to see first-hand how easy it is to install? Check out the video:

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and stay tuned for future blogs showcasing project installation images. And remember, we LOVE receiving photos from our client. 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!

Questions on Rock-It System (or any of the systems in our product line)? Give us a call at 877.859.3947 or email us – that’s what we’re here for!

EcoFasten Solar hopes to see you at Solar Power Texas (booth #10) in June, Intersolar N.A. (booth #9433) in July, and at Solar Power International (booth #841) in September! Come see what’s new including SimpleBlock-PV, our latest rail-free system for use on metal standing seam roofing applications!

As always, we look forward to seeing you!

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Project Photos: We Asked. Boy, Did You Deliver!

I think probably the coolest thing about my job here 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 just because I love interacting with people.

A few times a year I always try to send out an email asking our clients to send us photos of  projects involving our snow guards. I’ve been in Marketing here for 4 years and there’s nothing like seeing someone at a tradeshow and knowing not only their name, but their kids names too. That’s pretty cool.

So, last week I emailed a bunch of you guys, and do you know what you did?

You delivered, big time! Wow.

I’m still stunned at the amount of photos you sent. The volume was great….but the photos themselves? Well, those were terrific.

Might as well put this in here in case you don’t read to the end (I won’t take it personally): if you have hi-res images of projects using our snow guards, I….the whole team actually, would be grateful to have them sent our way.

Ok, back to it.

This time, the photos that were sent all had one thing in common: They were all accompanied by hello’s, how are things?, and kind words for the Alpine team and our innovative solutions.

Thank you!

One of the photos we received is below, from Roof & Building Service International, with locations north of the border in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto, Ontario. We were psyched to see this photos of our PP315 two-pipe system in brass, installed on this gorgeous copper standing seam roof.

Nice work, right? The snow guards complement the roof while doing the job they were engineered to do. It also doesn’t hurt that this church (St. Mary’s) is gorgeous to begin with.

The “claim to fame” of our PP315’s is the narrow, 2” wide footprint. This system was actually designed specifically for use on wood battens, as shown above. This system is also often specified and installed on projects that require a system that will fit where a larger system would not – places like between minor ribs, on window frames, skylights, etc….The PP315 is also available in aluminum or brass and in 3 configurations: two-pipe, there-pipe, and two hi-pipe (hi-hole).

PP315 with base plate, shown above, in mill finish

The photo caught my eye mostly because it highlights the exact traits we want everyone to be aware of about our snow management systems: They’re rugged. They’re attractive. They’re functional. They’ve versatile. And they’re available in a wide variety of styles (pad, pipe, fence, and even for solar panels), configurations and color options. With over 60 styles, we’ve got you covered.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and stay tuned for future blogs showcasing project installation images. And remember, we LOVE receiving photos from our client. 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!

One last thing: Will you be at Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas June 11-13? We’ll be at booth #550, so if you’ll be there too, stop by, say hi, and see what’s NEW! You can even tell them Jolene sent you!

If you haven’t registered yet, you have plenty of time – here’s a link for a free expo pass to sweeten the pot. We can’t wait to see you!

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Tile Roofs: 8 Essential Tips For Successful PV Mounting

Our R&D and Engineering teams have invested a lot of time in developing PV mounting solutions for tile roofs. Our end goal is always to provide installers with solutions that are easy to install, minimize your time on the roof, won’t break the bank, and that meet and exceed all known building codes.

Tile roofing is a completely different animal than installing on comp shingle, metal, or low-slope roofing, and like all roofing applications, there are many things to consider BEFORE you install.

Because we want all of your installs to be seamless and hassle-free, we thought we’d share some tips – if you have additional tips, please feel free to share them here! As I’ve always said, the more we share, the more we know. And that can only be a good thing for the industry.

  1. EVALUATE THE TILES

It’s common to find hairline cracks on tile roofs, the result of a dropped tool or a too-heavy footstep long ago. Often cracks are sealed together with silicone or some other adhesive. But just because you didn’t cause the blemish, doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility. We’ve heard it again and again from the integrators we work with….regardless of who caused the damage, it’s always going to be the last person on the roof who will be blamed

  1. INSPECT THE UNDERLAYMENT

In 1986, the building code was updated to require underlayment on tile roofs, to protect homes from snow, sleet and wind-driven rain. No one says it better than our founder & President Brian Stearns: “I used to say that the tile was really a façade to protect the underlayment, which was your primary waterproofing.  That’s probably a little bit of a stretch, but the underlayment is critical.” A thorough inspection of the underlayment before taking ownership of the roof is important. If the material is deteriorating, rotting or cracking, it could spring a leak regardless of what you happen to do on the roof.

  1. CHECK FOR PESTS

Tile roofs are ideal homes for bats, squirrels, birds and even rats. Damage from gnawing pests can lead to moisture intrusion, which will rapidly degrade waterproofing properties and the structure underneath. Pay special attention to holes and cracks on the roof. If you can, get inside the house and do a survey of the attic – this will give you a good sense of whether or not the roof has leaked in the past, or is currently leaking.

  1. KNOW THAT YOU WILL BREAK TILE

Everybody does. It happens on every project we’re aware of, and it’s important to fix the material as you go, or at the very least, before you finish the install. Damaged tiles really need to be replaced before/during the installation.  Mounting solutions that replace a complete tile with a flashing are ideal.

  1. THINK ABOUT LONGEVITY

One way to install solar on tile roofing involves boring a hole for mounting posts through the tiles. The tile is placed over the flashing and post, leaving a gap between post and tile. One way or another, the installer will need to make sure the area around the post remains watertight. In the Southwest, caulking and adhesives won’t last the life of an array. Any time your solution involves “one way or another”, it should really lead to one question: Is this a 25 year application?

  1. CONSIDER TILE REMOVAL

The popular “strip and go” installation method has installers removing tile from the roof and replacing it with asphalt shingles. Solar is installed using typical flashing and attachment methods, and then the tile is reinstalled around the perimeter of the array so that it has the look of an array on a tile roof. In reality, the waterproofing layer is the asphalt shingles.

  1. INSTALL BRACKETS INTO RAFTERS

Structural engineers will sign off on installing into plywood, which will probably hold a solar array, but a strong enough wind could pull the plywood away from the roof because it’s typically held in place with just eight penny nails. Also, and this is a biggy: Use pre-drilled, backfilled holes for the lag bolts. Not doing so can split rafters.

  1. MINIMIZE ADDITIONAL WEIGHT

I’m telling you what you already know here: Tile is heavy. Limiting weight on the roof and gaining approval from a structural engineer will ensure structural integrity. Many installers I know wear soft-soled shoes like Vans or something similar. Make sure that when you’re doing your survey, you’re getting a really good feel for how the roof is assembled – this is essential prior to just jumping up there to do the installation. And beware: Even the heaviest tiles can be very brittle.

Do you have any other tips for mounting PV on tile roofing? Leave a comment!

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Our Tile Flashing System is an innovative and straightforward solution that should be considered when evaluating your mounting options. It replaces a complete tile, attaches to the roof deck with as little as 2 lag bolts, is faster and much easier than tile hook systems, and is certified by IAPMO. Watch the install video and see how easy it really is to install.

Let us know if you have questions or would like more information about the systems we’ve designed specifically for tile roofing applications.

Oh, and before I sign off, I wanted to let you know that if you’ll be in either San Diego, Portland, Oregon or Atlanta over the next few weeks, we’d love to have you stop by and see us at California Solar Expo booth 10, at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference, or at Solar Power Southeast booth 11.

We ALWAYS look forward to seeing you!

 

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What Style Snow Guard Should I Use on My Project?

For those of us who live and work in locations that receive any amount of snow during the course of the winter (even in the autumn and spring up here in our neck of the woods), managing rooftop snow is essential in protecting the areas immediately surrounding our homes and businesses, where people walk and play, where animals live, where our expensive landscaping resides, and where our cars are parked, our BBQ grills sit, and our gutters are in the direct line of fire.

But how do you know what type of snow guard is the right type for your project? That’s where we come in. Our technical team is rich with talent – they know all the options for each roof type, and by employing our ground snow load database, they can help determine what type of snow guard is not only right for your project, but for your location, as well.

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The Alpine SnowGuards® team designs, engineers and manufactures over 60 variations of snow guards. 60! Seems like a lot, right?  It is, and here’s why: Every roof is different (material, slope, shape, size, pitch, valleys, etc….), and ground snow loads vary significantly from one area to another. This is the exact reason we make a snow guard for every roof type, new or retrofit, in many styles that differ in both form and function.

We offer 4 styles of snow guards, each with a unique purpose:

Pad-StylePipe-StyleFence-Style, and Solar Snow Management.

Pad-Style Snow Guards

Traditional pad-style snow guards are designed specifically to add friction to a frictionless surface, which will help prevent a sudden roof avalanche of snow and ice.  Our pad-style snow guards feature our “fish head” design, providing maximum strength while maintaining aesthetic integrity, and most are available in mill finish, copper, and many color options.

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

Pipe-Style Snow Guards

Acting as a barricade, pipe-style snow guards prevent large sections of snow and ice from avalanching off a roof.  Our pipe-style snow guards are precision engineered to be not only durable, but beautiful as well.  We offer two-pipe and three-pipe snow retention systems and we also make several height-adjustable bracket options to accommodate roof pitches of many ranges.  You can even have your system powder coated to match the roof!

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It’s easy to get started, just sign up to start using our Online Project Calculator  and we’ll provide you with a FREE recommended layout!

Fence-Style Snow Guards

The Alpine SnowGuards team is very proud of our SnowMax system, which is the strongest snow management system on the market.  Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, and with bracket spacing up to 48” on center, this system is an easy to install, cost-effective solution. SnowMax is available for 3 roof types – standing seam, membrane, and corrugated metal.

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Since our Sister Company, EcoFasten Solar, manufactures patented, watertight solar roof mounts and rail-free mounting systems, we recognize a need for solutions designed for managing snow on solar arrays – that’s why EcoFasten offers Solar SnowMax, SolarSnowMax-R2, and Solar Snow Pad. All of which were specifically designed for use on solar arrays, in either portrait or landscape orientation.

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So there you have it – the low down on snow guards and a brief overview of each type.  If you’re like me, you’ll still have questions, so just email us – that’s what we’re here for! And if you’d like to check out our products by roof type, let me lead the way!

Don’t forget to stop by and visit us at these upcoming industry tradeshows:

ROOFTech • April 25-26 • Toronto • Booth 1019

AIA Conference on Architecture • April 27-29 • Orlando • Booth 1779

Western Roofing Expo • June 12-13 • Las Vegas • Booth 550

CONSTRUCT • September 14-15 • Providence, RI • Booth 1208

METALCON • October 18-20 • Las Vegas • Booth 1042

Contech • November 16-17 • Montreal • Booth 820

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EcoFasten’s CorruSlide: An Interactive 3D Model

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve written about CorruSlide, one of our solar roof mount solutions for installing solar on corrugated metal roofing.  I was all ready to sit down this morning and write a great post….until I remembered that not only do we already have a great post about CorruSlide to re-share (below), we also have an equally great 3D model, which shows you exactly how it works, while also showing you just how easy it is to install – just like all of the systems in our extensive line of products.

So let’s cut to the chase….

If your name is Matt, and you’re the resident Animator at EcoFasten Solar, you do things that create confidence, in that your animations are so clear, so concise, that anyone who watches them even once can see first-hand how easy our solar roof mount systems are to install.

If you’re me? Well….you write about it.

I often refer to Matt as a Superhero. And really, it’s not that much of a stretch. To take devices that require a certain amount of mechanical acuity to install, and break them down into installation animations and 3D models that, at the literal click of a button, transform into devices that make sense and have you walk away going, “ohhhh! NOW I get it!”? That, to me anyway, is a Superhero quality.

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In 2014 we launched CorruSlide at Intersolar – it’s another one of our solutions for mounting solar on corrugated metal roofs. CorruSlide attaches to the sides of the ribs, instead of in the valleys, where water flows and moisture accumulates, and features adjustability both N-S and E-W. If you’re looking for a universal design that works with all known profiles, you’ll want to try CorruSlide.

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Anyway, my whole point in writing this was to show off the CorruSlide Interactive 3D Model….CHECK. THIS. OUT. Play around with it, view it from all angles (even underneath), and if you want, and if you’re in the mood, let us know what you think!


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If you’d like more info, feel free to call (877.859.3947) or email us – that’s what we’re here for!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, check out our 2017 tradeshow schedule. Discover why the top installers in the country rely on us.

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Cut Installation Costs with NEW SimpleBlock from EcoFasten Solar

When it comes to mounting solar on metal standing seam roofing, our ASG Clamps have been a go-to for installers for years now, due not only to the ease of installation, but also because the two oval-point set screws don’t penetrate the roofing material or void roofing manufacturer’s warranties.

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We’ve heard great things about our clamps, and like the innovators we are, we’ve been focused on designing a leaner solution to bring installation costs down, while providing robust engineering values. I’m here to tell you….we did it, and you are going to be so happy we did!

Introducing a design so simple, we named it SimpleBlock. A solution SO new, it’s not even on our website yet!

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The newly designed, pared-down clamps are fabricated from 6000 series aluminum and feature a streamlined design (less material). The integrated T-Slot allows for impressive N-S and E-W adjustability that wasn’t possible with the ASG Clamps, and the 2 configurations currently available (“U” for vertical/double lock seams and “T” for horizontal/single lock seams) give you greater flexibility when determining your project needs.

NOW FOR THE BEST PART….

Are you ready for this??

SIMPLEBLOCK CAN BE PURCHASED IN VOLUME QTY’S FOR AS LOW AS $3.79! 

Yup! You read that right! Installing solar should be easy. It should also be cost-efficient. SimpleBlock delivers both.

If you’d like more info, feel free to call (877.859.3947) or email us – that’s what we’re here for!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, check out our 2017 tradeshow schedule. Discover why the top installers in the country rely on us.

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EcoFasten Solar Invalidates D Three Enterprises Patents in Colorado District Court

Anyone who does business with EcoFasten Solar, in any capacity, knows that we pride ourselves on our innovative spirit and our proactive approach to anticipating gaps in the marketplace by engineering solutions that fill those gaps.

Just last week we learned that the District Court of Colorado granted our motion for summary judgement invalidating all patent claims asserted against us by D Three Enterprises. The Court’s order brings the dispute to a close, and for all of us at EcoFasten Solar, this is a long-deserved victory.

The action against us was filed a couple of summers ago, back in June of 2015. The action asserted claims against 2 of our patents. From the beginning, we’ve maintained that the claims were without merit and that the D Three Patents were invalid. In its recent order granting EcoFasten’s motion, the Court found that EcoFasten’s prior commercial activities came before to the effective filing dates of each of D Three’s asserted patents, making each of their claims invalid.

We have a very strong patent portfolio, and are, and will continue to, aggressively defend those patents by pursuing those companies that infringe.

The founder and President of EcoFasten Solar, Brian Stearns, says, “This finding by the Colorado Court confirms our long held belief that D Three’s claims were baseless.  EcoFasten Solar has a long, proud tradition of innovation. We also work diligently to respect the patent rights of others.  This action has also caused us to look at our own patent rights and move forward with actions to defend the innovation we have worked so hard to create.”

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EcoFasten Solar Tradeshow Calendar: Remainder of 2017

As Q1 comes to a close, the crew at EcoFasten Solar finds ourselves with 3 tradeshows already behind us. I just can’t believe how fast the time goes! And even though we always send thank you and follow-up emails, I still would like to say in this (very) public forum, “THANK YOU”. Thank you to all current and future clients who stopped by our booths. Thank you to show management, and to all the people behind the scenes that make these shows what they are!

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In February, we exhibited at the 6th annual altE Installer & Dealer Conference in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The conference features industry-leading vendors, and is an event we’ve always enjoyed being a part of, and this year was no different. The show included breakout sessions, some of which enabled installers to earn NABCEP Continuing Education Credits. Our sessions focused on the importance of Solar Snow Management, and a technical training on our rail-free Rock-It System 2.0. Both sessions were wildly successful as the Rock-It System continues to impress, and as the importance of managing snow on solar arrays gains momentum in the industry.

Just a week later, we were in Boston, exhibiting at Solar Power Northeast (formerly PV America). We’ve really enjoyed this show over the years as it’s the perfect forum for solar industry professionals to meet up, exhibit their products, network, and put on a great show. We’ve enjoyed seeing the consistently heavy booth traffic year after year, despite the small venue. Plus, it’s always held in Boston, which you have to admit, is a wicked cool city to visit.

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The following week, we found ourselves in Ponce, Puerto Rico, exhibiting at Power 3 Fair, where we unveiled our brand new rail-free, fixed position, flat concrete system! Stay tuned for more on this….

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Three down, six to go!

This year we’ll be launching several NEW systems that will ensure installers continue to enjoy the ease of use and flexibility our products offer. We’ll keep you posted as things develop!

In the meantime, take a look at the shows we’ll be at for the remainder of the year – and make sure to stop by and see us if/when you attend any of these industry shows.


CSPE

San Diego Convention Center  •  May 1st & 2nd  •  Booth 10


OSEC

Portland Crowne Plaza  •  May 10th & 11th  


SPSE

Loews, Atlanta  •  May 11th & 12th  •  Booth 11


SPTX

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol  •  June 13th & 14th  •  Booth 10


ISNA

Moscone Center, San Francisco  •  July 11 – 13  •  Booth 9433


SPI

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas  •  September 10 – 13  •  Booth 841


So, come discover the EcoFasten difference for yourself! We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Solar Snow Management Application Chart – Alpine SnowGuards & EcoFasten Solar

If a solar install project you’re working on or have completed requires a snow management solution, you’ll want to read this. And if you’re in New England, like us, you woke up to a TON of snow this morning, so this is as great a time as any to talk about snow on solar. We had 30” this morning when I left, and it’s still snowing (that’s my poor car below, just before I cleaned her off and moved her into the garage last night).

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Anyway, back to the story. We’re excited to now have a Solar Snow Management Application Chart available on the Alpine SnowGuards website that will help you determine what your array will need based on factors like  the ground snow load in your area, the size of your modules, the size of the array, the orientation in which the solar array is installed, as well as the slope of your roof.

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All of these factors play an important role in managing solar snow. So, let’s get to the root of the issue…. How does a solavalanche occur in the first place? Well, the snow that would’ve accumulated on your roofing material has now accumulated on your solar panels – which, as you know, are fabricated from glass. And it goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: glass is frictionless. The melting snow on your panels actually acts as a lubricant between the snow mass and the panel surface, resulting in the perfect scenario to allow that snow mass to come barreling off your roof.

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For just shy of 5 years now, Alpine SnowGuards and our sister company, EcoFasten Solar, have been engaged in solar snow management research and development. Alpine SnowGuards has been the industry leader in rooftop snow management for over 20 years, and our solar snow management line of products were the very first frame-mounted solutions available.

The final designs were engineered specifically to provide a super low-profile to minimize shading. Because the majority of panels don’t generate electricity along the edges, the shading effect is extremely minor.

The solar snow management options we have available have been being used more widely than ever in the solar industry – by small installation companies, as well as by the top installers in the country. Mitigating the risk of a roof avalanche, or in this case, a Solavalanche (I made that up, but I like it), is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

With that said, take a look at our all new Solar Snow Management Application Chart, a straightforward tool that will ensure you see the overall picture that will help you determine the needs of your project.

Once you’ve looked over the chart, you’re now ready to look at the options!

Solar SnowMax-R2

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Solar SnowMax-R2 is a fence-style system that we designed specifically for the eave-edge of the array. Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, the 2” bar on the front of the system is the largest fence option available, and was developed for clients who requires a higher fence at the eaves. The taller bar system is a proven solution that’s been used in the conventional snow guard market for over 20 years. The system is made in the USA and features a groove along the front that accepts an optional black color insert strip to match black-framed modules.See below for your up-slope options, which are used for additional tiers of snow management. Check out this installation video & see how easy it is to install!

Solar SnowMax-Standard

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Used on the up-slope portions of an array, the Solar SnowMax-Standard is also fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, clamps directly to the module frame, and can be used on portrait or landscape array layouts. The 1” bar provides additional tiers to facilitate the management of the snow load, and allows the snow and ice to drop off in small amounts or allow snow and ice to melt completely before falling to the ground. We have an install video for the Standard, too – you can watch it here.

Solar Snow Pads

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The 3” block with T-Nut on the Solar Snow Pad is meant to be installed in the horizontal joints between modules. This is a pad-style snow guard that can also be used as an up-slope options where additional tiers of snow management are required or desired.

The coolest thing about our Solar Snow Pads is that they were designed to also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which, when installed, results in a hybrid solar/pad/pipe style snow management system. You can even have the Solar Snow Pads powder coated using RAL TIGER Drylac® Exterior colors.

You guessed it, we have an installation video for Solar Snow Pad!

We’re confident the Solar Snow Management Application Chart will be a helpful tool in determining the snow management needs of your solar array.

For more information, feel free to contact us any time at info@alpinesnowguards.com, or by giving us a call at 888-766-4273.  You can also visit our websites at www.alpinesnowguards.com to see all of our snow management systems (over 60, not including the many CUSTOM systems we engineer for our clients throughout the year. Our rugged systems span all roof types, new or retrofit.

We look forward to hearing from you, and most of all, we look forward to solving a big problem by helping you avoid those solavalanche blues.

Oh, and if you’ll be at ROOFTech or AIA next month please make sure to stop by the Alpine SnowGuards booth! We’ll be at ROOFTech booth 1019 and AIA booth 1779. We hope to see you!

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We keep snow in its place

www.alpinesnowguards.com

info@alpinesnowguards.com 

888.766.4273

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