The layout of snow guards has always been a highly-debated topic – one that’s continually being studied. An ASTM committee has been formed to develop a testing standard to determine what a snow guard is and what it does physically (meaning that when tested for shear and pullout loads, what will a given snow guard device resist?) Why is this such a highly-debated topic? Because the READ THE REST….
As a slate guy in the early 1980’s, it was my job to find and install snow guards. But, where to start? The internet had not yet been created by Al Gore (who?) and local roofers weren’t interested in helping out a competitor with material sourcing needs. So, I did what so many roofers do when they need help. I went to a roofing supply house READ THE REST….
Up until about 1980, my involvement with the hard roofing industry was primarily with the salvage, sales and distribution of “used roofing slate”. For those of you who are interested, you can read more about our history on the About Us page on the Alpine SnowGuards website. In the early 1980’s, my salvaged slate customers started calling to see if I’d be interested in installing the READ THE REST….
Summer is officially coming to a close. For many of us, that means getting in the last fishing trip of the year before the cold weather sets in. It’s also the time of year when kids are back in school, Labor Day weekend is behind us, and we find ourselves preparing for the changing seasons. Part of that preparedness is determining if your project or building READ THE REST….
As I’ve come to learn, people have many questions when it comes to managing rooftop snow. As I’ve also come to learn, the answers to those questions aren’t as cut-and-dry as you would think, with many variables playing into the mix. With every project being different in terms of roof type, location, snow load, eave length, roof slope, snow management needs or expectations, etc., etc., etc. READ THE REST….
You don’t want to admit it, but deep down you know it…. winter is back there, hiding – lurking, really – around the corner. The scorching heat of summer has waned and the leaves changing color and fluttering about our yards (especially up here in northern Vermont) are very clear indicators of what’s ahead. As it seems to ring true with most things, preventative maintenance is READ THE REST….
We have some VERY exciting news to share here at Alpine SnowGuards. You may have already heard. Or, maybe you haven’t heard. Either way, it’s worth repeating…. Alpine has recently become an AIA-approved Continuing Education Systems Provider! What does this mean? It means that by being an approved AIA/CES Provider, we’re presented with the unique opportunity to serve the global specifying community with educational information, which READ THE REST….
Last week I found myself looking through the archives of Slate Roof Quarterly, the print newsletter that was in circulation between 1999 and 2006. Written by Alpine’s President & founder, Brian Stearns, who began his career as a slate roofing contractor. In Volume 6.4, in the Spring of 2005, Brian dug into the quality control aspect of slate roofing. Take a look at this abridged version – READ THE REST….
There are those areas of buildings that most of us don’t think about all that often. That is, until we have to. One of those areas is the gutters that are in place to carry rain water away from the building. Constant dampness in a basement or on top of a slab foundation can cause odors, decaying or deformed wood, peeling paint and even mold or mildew READ THE REST….
Installing snow guards on corrugated metal roofing can be tricky – with no seams to attach clamps to, the most important consideration needs to be in maintaining the integrity of your roof. If you’re looking for an ideal solution, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our PP145 Two-or-Three-Pipe system. This rugged, versatile, sleek, and attractive solution is just one of the 60+ products Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and READ THE REST….