A Bountiful Harvest

Every year around this time, I write about being thankful. Thankful for a happy life, a great husband, awesome son, wonderful family, and amazing friends. I have a pendant a good friend once gave me that says it all: “Too blessed to be stressed.” ♥

I’m also thankful to have a job I love (and I don’t say that with a grain of salt). The owners are top-notch, I truly enjoy working with the staff, and our customers (that’s you!) are out of this world! I know I don’t speak only for myself here at Alpine SnowGuards when I say, “thank you”.

Every year, you all send us some pretty amazing installation photos – those are what I normally fill my “thankful” post with – but this time, I thought it would be nice to see some install photos you probably haven’t seen before. These are from the Alpine SnowGuards vault, and as I was digging through them all, I found some photos I haven’t seen before, and I thought you would be interested in seeing them too!

So, sit back, kick your feet up (preferably not on your desk), and enjoy the slideshow (hint: clicking on an image will take you to the product page on our website).

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” –William Arthur Ward

New Kid on the Block: Alpine SimpleGuard!

If you were at METALCON this year and made your way over to the Alpine SnowGuards booth, THANK YOU!

If not, that means one of two things: 1) We didn’t get a chance to see you (boooo!), AND 2) you didn’t get a chance to check out our Alpine SimpleGuard, the newest system in our lineup that was designed specifically for managing rooftop snow on metal standing seam applications.

Most of you are already familiar with our SnowMax fence-style system. Alpine SimpleGuard is similar in that it’s also a fence-style snow management system. What’s not so familiar is the block component of this system – we call it SimpleBlock.

What’s so unique about SimpleBlock?

SimpleBlock was designed to give the installer the north-south finite adjustability that’s often needed, combined with a universal compatibility with either the clip and bar for managing rooftop snow, or with an end spacer and mid-clamps for mounting solar arrays onto metal standing seam roofs (offered through our Sister company EcoFasten Solar).

What makes SimpleBlock so, well….“simple”?

The block itself clamps to the seam by utilizing 2 oval-point set screws, which creates a secure attachment point without damaging or compromising the integrity of the roofing material. While we’re on the subject of those 2 oval-point set screws….ours come pre-installed, so there’s no searching for them, no time spent installing them into the blocks, and no dropping one (or ten) and the bitter agony of watching it as it rolls off the edge of a roof. We’ve been there. Maniacal laughter ensues….

Take a look at the clip (below left) and bar (below right) that immediately transform the SimpleBlock into the Alpine SimpleGuard. It’s the only block on the market that allows for finite adjustability thanks to the T-Slot on top of the block.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

Snow Management – Alpine SimpleGuard (SimpleBlock, Clip with one hex headed flange bolt/nut, Bar, and Splice Plates as needed)

Clip slides into SimpleBlock and engages “hook” on the back of the bar.

Solar, Rail-Based – SimpleBlock (SimpleBlock (U profile or T profile) and one hex headed flange bolt 5/16”-18×1.25”)

Clamp-to-seam style block is attached to standing seam and can be used with any manufacturer’s L-feet to attach to racking.

Solar, Rail-Free – SimpleBlock-PV (SimpleBlock (U profile or T profile), End Spacers, and Mid-Clamps)

The End Spacers and Mid-Clamps that sits on top of the SimpleBlock are what transform the SimpleBlock into the SimpleBlock-PV. The T-Slot on top of the block accepts a long hex headed bolt, which is then fitted with an End Spacer (in configurations available for either 32mm, 35mm, or 40mm modules). A mid-clamp is then added to create a rail-free racking system designed specifically for metal standing seam roofing! For between-module placement, a 2 layer mid-clamp/coupling is used.

With so many applications and so many beneficial features, the different systems that utilize SimpleBlock should get you well on your way into your next metal standing seam project.

If you’d like more information on the Alpine SimpleGuard, feel free to email Alpine SnowGuards or call 888.766.4273

For more information on the SimpleBlock or SimpleBlock-PV for solar applications, the EcoFasten staff can be reached via email or by calling 877.859.3947

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A Mini Checklist of End-of-Summer/Early-Fall Home Maintenance Chores

Fall is here. Things here at Alpine SnowGuards have ramped up as people get their homes buttoned up for winter, and just yesterday someone told me that there are nine weekends between now and Christmas. Nine.

While this make me giddy with excitement, I realize not all of us feel the same.

As I write, visions of sugarplums dance in my head. And in the head of a guy named Paul Denikin, visions of home maintenance are cutting a rug. Check out Paul’s site, Dad Knows DIY for great project hints, tips, and tutorials.

Take it away, Paul….

Photo via Pixaby

Summer-like weather has been waning for a few weeks now, giving way to the full fall season in the United States. Soon the leaves will be falling, and the cold weather will come. You’d love to be able to simply enjoy the weather outside with your children and pet dog, but your home maintenance chores are beckoning, now that the change of season is underway. It’s smart to take advantage of this time to prepare your home for the coldest months of the year, so that your home remains warm, cozy, and snug when the cold weather arrives.

Part of your job will be to make sure that your home systems are in tip-top shape. This includes your pipes, insulation, electrical grid, and your cooling and heating systems. Here’s a mini-checklist of what end-of-summer home-maintenance chores you can undertake to stave off visits from the expensive repairmen.

Clean Out Your Roof Gutters

Your home’s drainage system begins with your roof gutters and downspouts. Inspect and clean these before the icy weather arrives so that no water leaks into the internal structure of your home.

The melted snow or rain that hits your roof is scurried away from the exterior walls of your home to protect its overall structure. When the cool weather begins to set in, climb your trusty ladder and remove any system-clogging debris from the gutters of your roof. Watch out for rust and corrosion, placing mesh guards in areas that keep out organic leaf matter and other debris from interfering with rushing water being carried away from the walls of your home.

Repair Cracks in Your Walkways and Driveway

The concrete making up your driveway and walkways will need to be inspected for cracks that would otherwise be encrusted with ice during the upcoming winter. As the fall weather arrives, take a close look at your concrete walkways and driveway. You don’t want the ice in the cracks to damage your vehicle’s tires as you leave your garage.

Get in touch with your inner repair-guy and patch up any wide cracks using a DIY approach. You should also take care to level out uneven pavement areas, and make sure that your stairway railings are standing up sturdy and strong.

Preserve Your Pipes

When the cold, icy weather knocks on your door, it can freeze up your pipes if the water inside them stays stagnant. To prevent the freezing and bursting of your pipes, allow for a slight trickle of water to escape your faucets so that water is always moving in your pipes, preventing a deep freeze.

Check Smoke and CO Detectors

With the manufacturer’s manual in hand, verify that your carbon monoxide and fire detectors are still operational. When the hot weather turns cool, and vice versa, change the batteries in all your detectors. To proof your home against fires, place a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, as well as in a few select rooms of your home.

Refresh Air Filters and Humidifiers

Make sure that air is flowing and circulating throughout your house unimpaired. Remove all blockages and change up your humidifiers and air filters. If your home has an AC unit directly facing the outside, mull having it covered during the fall and winter.

A Final Thought

To keep maintenance costs low, it’s well worthwhile to inspect, clean, and repair the internal and external systems of your home when the fall comes. By checking off the items of the mini-checklist above, you’re doing yourself and your family a favor by securing a warmly insulated home during the cold-weather season.

Great tips, Paul – thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you, yours, and everyone who reads this enjoys a happy, warm, and safe remainder of 2017.

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We keep snow in its place

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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, architects, 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.

 

 

 

METALCON 2017

In just 2 weeks Alpine SnowGuards will once again be at METALCON! I love that the show always falls in October – or as some of my friends in the industry refer to it, “ROCKtober”.

Alpine’s wide variety of options and configurations for managing rooftop snow spans all roof types, but since this week is all about METAL, take a quick peek at a few of the snow guards we’ve designed specifically for use on metal roofing.

STANDING SEAM

Standing seam, or clamp-to-seam style snow guards, are designed specifically for use with metal standing seam roofs, and are available in options for both vertical and horizontal seam configurations. We offer standing seam style snow guards in pad, pipe and fence styles, and in a wide variety of powder coating options to match the roofing material.

Stop at METALCON booth 1042 and we’ll show you all of our metal solutions. (GET YOUR FREE PASS HERE)

Some of the more popular options for managing snow on those super slick, but gorgeous, metal roofs:

ASG33 (Pad)

The uniquely shaped flag of the ASG33 adds visual interest to any roof. The flag and the block can be powder coated to suit differing tastes and roofing material colors, and are also available in mill finish and brass.

ASG4025 (Pipe)

Forged from a solid block of recycled aluminum and measuring 5.25” tall, the ASG4025 is a rugged two-pipe system that utilizes 3 oval-point set screws (these all go on one side of the bracket, for anyone out there wondering). The thick fabrication is double the standard thickness to reduce twisting, and the clamp-to-seam technology will not void panel manufacturers warranties.

SnowMax-Standing Seam (Fence)

Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, our fence-style SnowMax is the strongest snow management system on the market. Fast and easy to install, SnowMax also saves a ton of time and money, due to the increased bracket spacing of up to 48” on center. You can also get a color inserts strip to match the roofing material. We’ve seen similar systems installed, and we know ours is the most hassle-free of all the options out there.

CORRUGATED METAL

Corrugated metal roofing requires a different approach to managing snow, and so our snow guards have been engineered accordingly. We again offer pad, pipe and fence style snow guards for this roof type, paying special attention to maintaining the integrity of the roof.

PD80 (Pad)

Two of the aspects that went into the engineering of our PD80: 1) The “saddle” design holds back snow and ice while allowing melt-off and rain to flow through, and 2) Moves the standard penetration point from the water drain channel to the top of the roof, placing the penetration points above the surface of the panel.

PP145 (Pipe)

Available in two-pipe and three-pipe options, the PP145 system employs compression technology to keep the roof watertight. The four milled countersinks on the underside of the PP145 bracket accept Simple Seal bushings, so the integrity of the roof is maintained.

SnowMax-Corrugated (Fence)

Also employing our patented Simple Seal compression-fit technology, the SnowMax-Corrugated accommodates increased bracket spacing (up to 48” on center). Mechanically through-fastened, SnowMax-Corrugated is fast and easy to install, making it a super cost-efficient solution.

With over 60 products in our line-up, we have snow management systems for all roof types, EVEN SOLAR!

That’s all for now….Hope to see you in Vegas! (Looking for things to do in Vegas on the cheap? Read this)

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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 weekend. 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?

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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Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and manufactures snow management systems from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, architects, 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.

(Images from Unofficial Networks and Farmer’s Almanac)

 

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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We keep snow in its place

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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, architects, 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.

 

 

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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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, architects, 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.

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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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, architects, 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.

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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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, architects, 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.