Snow Retention System Design Elements

I want to start off by saying that I am really enjoying writing these blogs! What a great opportunity to share acquired knowledge and re-connect with the industry! Thank you for reading, and thank you for your questions. Two weekends ago, my wife and business partner, Sandy and I visited a ranch in Montana where we went horseback riding and fly fishing. What a gorgeous place KEEP READING

How Do Snow Guards Work? (Part 2: Pipe-Style)

Last time, in part one of this two-part blog series, we talked about snow guards and customer expectations, specifically in reference to the installation and use of pad-style snow guards. This time let’s shift the focus to pipe-style snow guards. Pipe-style snow guards act as a barricade system, preventing large chunks of snow and ice from sliding off a roof in the form of a roof KEEP READING

Snow Guards and Customer Expectations

One of the more common questions we’re asked here at Alpine SnowGuards is, “are snow guards necessary?” I’ve taught my staff to respond, “snow guards are optional”. Why are snow guards optional? Let’s start with the fact that most building owners don’t want them. And why is this? It varies with construction type, aesthetics, finances, lack of understanding (we approach this issue as an opportunity to KEEP READING

What is a Snow Guard?

By now many of you have read or heard through the grapevine that I have retired from the solar industry. To be clear, I have retired from the “solar industry” but am far from retired. My energies will now focus on family, fun, and Alpine SnowGuards. As such, I plan to do a blog series that focuses on snow guards. If any of you have questions KEEP READING

NEW! Alpine LedgeGuard Mitigates the Risk of Falling Ice and Snow

When I started working with the team here at Alpine SnowGuards back in 2013, I could tell within the first few moments of walking in the door that this was a company that fosters innovation. Watching the product lifecycle in process was exciting (and still is)! Over the years, I’ve witnessed countless custom designs come to fruition, first on paper, then via a 3D printed model KEEP READING

Project Images You’ll Want to See!

You’re probably used to it by now – every few months, I gather the project images we’ve received from our clients and put them together in one post, so we can all revel in their beauty (seriously – they’re beautiful!) This time around I would like to share images from 3 projects. PROJECT #1 THE CONTRACTOR: Gillespie Contracting – Glenmoore, PA THE PROJECT: Haverford College, Haverford, KEEP READING

Shingle Roofs Need Snow Guards, Too!

It’s funny in the snow guard world. A huge focus goes to metal standing seam, membrane, slate, tile and even solar, while Comp Shingle is standing over there saying, “heyyyyy! What about me?” It strikes me as comical because shingle roofs need snow guards, too! 70% of single-family homes in the US are roofed in shingles! It makes sense, right? I mean, the market domination of KEEP READING

Designing a Snow Management System

At Alpine SnowGuards, we’ve been designing, engineering, and manufacturing snow management solutions for nearly 25 years! Just over 10 years ago, the founder and President of Alpine SnowGuards, Brian Stearns, wrote the below editorial for RCI Magazine. A decade is a long time, and we’re going stronger than ever (and so are our snow guards that have been installed over the years). Long story short: We’ve KEEP READING

This is Why We Recommend Specific Snow Guard Placement

First, and most importantly, Happy New Year to our clients, partners, friends and industry peers! We hope your time over the holidays was spent with family and friends, and was a warm, memorable and happy time for everyone. I, for one, took full advantage of the extra time to catch up on some much-needed sleep! My Son is at the age (12) where he’ll sleep until KEEP READING

From the Archives: The 3 Grades of Classification for Roofing Slates

Another week has passed and here we are, just 20 days until Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I am a total sucker for all things holiday. I adore the snow, I love the lights, the warmth, the coziness and especially the time spent with family and friends. I hope you all enjoy the holiday season and are looking forward to 2019! I just know KEEP READING