To those of you who’ve been following/reading my blogs, thank you. Over the course of the next several postings, I’m confident that as a reader, you’ll begin to understand that the snow management industry, although hundreds of years old in practice, is in many ways still in its infancy. Today we face many of the same issues as we did 100+ years ago (I won’t quote READ THE REST….
Over the course of multiple blogs, I’ve shared my opinion about the history and evolution of snow guards, as both the roofing industry and new technology have dictated. As I write and reread these postings, there are several underlying themes. One theme is that, in our quest to find better solutions to problems, change is constant. This is a good thing – when all goes well. READ THE REST….
In the spirit of Halloween, a more appropriate title for this blog may have been “Trick or Treat”, or maybe “Beware. Proceed at your own risk!” Where to start? For those of you who’ve been following my blogs, you know that I’ve been focused on the evolution of the roofing industry combined with snow management evolution to service new roofing products. You’ll also know that many READ THE REST….
As we enter the early 1990’s, we can skip over talking about things like the mullet, 90210, grunge bands and big bangs. Instead, let’s focus on a variety of snow guard options that began to enter the market right around this time. Seemingly the most active of these markets in the 1990’s was standing seam metal roofing. In an earlier blog from this past summer, I READ THE REST….
For those of you who read my blogs, you already know that I’m passionate about historic roofing and the evolution of the roofing industry. Starting tomorrow, the National Slate Association is hosting an event in Washington, D.C. – you can find all of the details here. This association has worked diligently to promote the understanding and best practices for the slate roofing industry. Among their many READ THE REST….
In my last blog I talked about the significance and importance of layout for pad-style snow guards. In short, we’ve found through trial and error that pad-style snow guards that are evenly distributed over the entire roof surface do a better job of allowing snow and ice to melt in place than individual tiers of snow guards with open roof space between them. Picture a composition READ THE REST….
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….