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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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.

Installation Video:

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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.

Installation Video:

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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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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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