3 Tactics for Safeguarding Endangered Roofs

The roof over your head is the single most important part of your home – it shelters you and protects you from the elements, it needs to be sturdy enough to withstand strong winds, sloped just right to allow for watershed, and in areas that get any amount of snowfall, it must be rugged enough to bear additional weight.

In general, the pitch of the roof is directly proportional to the extent of precipitation an area receives. Homes built in regions with little precipitation tend to have lower pitched roofs, while homes built in regions that are more susceptible to rain and snowfall have steeper pitched roofs so the rain and snow has someplace to go.

No matter what the pitch, what style, or what material your roof is constructed of, there are dangers that every homeowner needs to be aware of….after all, it’s the roof over your head we’re talking about – one of life’s basic necessities.

1      Tree limbs and branches

If there are trees surrounding your home, it’s always a wise idea to trim branches or limbs that overhang your roof – even if they’re not touching your roof, once they’re wet or covered with snow they’ll become weighted down and heavy, and could lead to limbs snapping off and potentially crashing through your roof, causing property damage and possibly injuring anyone inside.  If you notice limbs or branches that touch your roof only during windy days, pay attention – these can also cause damage by scratching, tearing or puncturing the surface of your roof – which can lead to leaks, and eventually, structural damage.

2      Ventilation

Poor ventilation is another danger to be aware of. Adequate ventilation is essential to proper roof function, allowing fresh air into the attic, and forcing stale, moist air out. If the ventilation isn’t adequate, you can expect common problems like mold, mildew, rust, soggy decking, heavy icicles and ice dams. It’s critical to properly ventilate (and insulate) attic spaces to avoid these pitfalls.

3      Rooftop snow management

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When it comes to protecting your roof, snow is another factor that should be considered.  Snow-capped homes seem almost picture-perfect in their charm, but snow is extremely heavy, and can come barreling off your roof suddenly and without warning, causing what’s known as a roof avalanche.  A roof avalanche can cause irreparable damage to lower roof areas, gutters, plumbing vents, skylights, pets, cars, landscaping, and most importantly, people.

One of the ways you can practice preventative maintenance is by installing snow guards. Snow guards are rooftop devices that allow snow and ice to drop off in small amounts or allow snow and ice to melt completely before falling to the ground, preventing the sudden release of snow and ice, helping to protect those areas below. (That’s our PP503 three-pipe system shown below, doing the job it was engineered to do).

The team here at Alpine SnowGuards in Morrisville, Vermont designs, engineers and manufactures over 60 styles of snow management systems. We have a system for every roof type (even solar panels!), commercial or residential, new or retrofit, as well as many custom designs. Installing snow guards is a quick and easy solution to a very common issue.

Preventative maintenance is something we do for our health….why not do the same for the roofs that were built to protect us?

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Hooray for May: Our Monthly Special Awaits

Note: This one can be filed under “short and sweet blog posts”

So, as you’ve probably noticed, we’re dedicated to bringing you a special for every month of the year.

Last month we focused on our Solar Snow Management line of products.

This month, it’s all about you, your projects, and using our Online Project Calculator to determine exactly what system is right for the project at hand.

By entering project-specific roof details, you’ll be able to view and compare multiple applicable snow management solutions that make the most sense for the roof, the project, the building owner, and the budget.

You can store, access and modify your projects any time that’s convenient for you!

Broken out by roof section, you’ll appreciate the Bill of Materials (BOM), the complete listing of the parts and quantities needed based on the attributes of that specified project, taking into account the ground snow load in the area of the project. Right then and there you’ll also be able to see and compare per-component and total system pricing. This eliminates guesswork, saves you time, and provides you with an accurate scope of what you’ll need.

And the BEST part? The recommended layouts we provide are FREE!

Once all of your information is entered, and you like what you see, give us a call (888.766.4273), or shoot us an email, and we’ll send you out an official quote so you can move forward with your project, armed with all the system, pricing, and roof section information you need to know.

AND REMEMBER – We’ll cover your shipping charges on projects submitted and shipped by May 31st.

So what are you waiting for? You might as well start enjoying the many benefits our calculator has to offer so you’re ready to roll on your next project (I highly recommend using the calculator, not only as a way to save time, but also as a way of storing all the valuable information about the project in one place, and being able to modify it as you wish/need).

Oh, I almost forgot! We’re super excited to be the first snow guard manufacturer to offer AudoDesk® Revit® BIM objects!

We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have – just let us know – that’s what we’re here for!

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8 New Systems That Will Save You Money and Time!

Last week we were in Broomfield, Colorado, exhibiting at the Beacon Roofing Supply Product Expo! It was there that we launched our newest snow management solutions, Alpine SafeGuard and Alpine SnowPad.

The need for these new systems grew out of a demand, and a higher level of understanding of what our clients are looking for in the snow management systems they use. Price always seems to be “the biggy”, and we completely understand that, so when we engineered these new systems, the price factor was top of mind, along with durability and ease-of-use.

The first of the 2 new product lines is Alpine SafeGuard, a fence-style system that’s offered at unbeatable pricing, due to pared down components that keep in line with the rugged fabrication you’ve come to expect from us. Added to that is versatility.

Versatility? That’s right – Alpine SafeGuard was designed for use on most roof types! By utilizing a base plate and bracket, or a flashing/bracket combo that employ a proprietary compression sealing method, we are happy to offer the following options:

Let’s break it down by roof type:

Alpine SafeGuard – Composition Shingle 

SKU: ASG COMP SHINGLE-GF2

The secret to this one is the GreenFasten™ flashing, which is manufactured by our sister company, EcoFasten Solar. There is an embossed cone shape in the GreenFasten flashing, which is fitted with an EPDM rubber bushing. When paired with a compression bracket with a milled countersink on the underside, a compression fit, watertight seal is created (you can see how the technology works in this video of a solar install using the GreenFasten flashing). GreenFasten is backed by IAPMO certification.

SKU: ASG COMP SHINGLE-612

           

A 6” x 12” base plate facilitates installation on shingle roofing when hitting a rafter is not always an option.

Alpine SafeGuard – Corrugated Metal

SKU: ASG CORRUGATED-SIM

When it comes to corrugated metal roofing, we’ve designed the ASG CORRUGATED-SIM to incorporate our patented, watertight compression technology. The milled countersinks in the underside of the bracket accept our Simple Seal bushings, which, when compressed through tightening, create an impermeable moisture barrier (much like our PP145 two-or-three-pipe system for metal roofing).

Alpine SafeGuard – Membrane Roofing

SKU: ASG MEMBRANE-E65

The 5.5” x 6” stainless steel base plate was engineered specifically for low-slope/membrane roofing and was designed for attachment to wood blocking or wood decking, while the base plate utilizes 2 studs for attachment.

Alpine SafeGuard – Slate

SKU: ASG SLATE-618

The 6” x 18” stainless steel base plate replaces a complete slate while providing a sturdy attachment point.

Alpine SafeGuard – Synthetic Slate

SKU: ASG SYN SLATE-BPF

“BPF” – what does that stand for? Base Plate and Flashing.

Designed for installation on synthetic slate roofing, the matte black flashing offers an additional layer of water protection. This system can also be used on SIPs panel applications.

Each of these roof type configurations accept ice flags, as well as an optional color insert strip to match the roofing material.

For metal standing seam roofing applications, you’ll want to check out our fence-style Alpine SimpleGuard.

Introducing Alpine SnowPad

When it comes to pad-style snow guards, we’ve noticed that there’s a void in the marketplace for pad-style designs that are wide enough (2 3/8”) and tall enough (2 5/16”) to be used on multiple applications effectively (especially synthetic slate), while also managing snow and ice in a controlled fashion.

When the President of Alpine SnowGuards and our amazingly talented engineering department started working on the Alpine SnowPad, they decided to change it up a bit by adding the unique “cup” shape to the pad, for exceptional snow management through an aesthetically pleasing design feature that will complement any roof.

We have 2 configurations available, one for use on composition shingle, slate, synthetic slate and tile roofing, and another for use on metal roofing. Offered in 2 material compositions (cast aluminum or fiber-reinforced plastic), as well as multiple powder coating color options.

Alpine SnowPad – Composition Shingle / Slate / Synthetic Slate / Tile

SKU: ALPINE SP-SHINGLE

By utilizing rib-stiffening technology, the strap of the ALPINE SP-SHINGLE is rendered extremely rugged and virtually unbendable. The pad is an attractive, functional, and secure design for those seeing a wider, taller pad profile.

The cast aluminum option can be ordered in standard mill finish, or powder coated using RAL TIGER Drylac® Exterior colors to match your roofing material, and the fiber-reinforced plastic option is available in black.

Alpine SnowPad – Corrugated Metal

SKU: ALPINE SP-METAL

Not only is the design unique, the ALPINE SP-METAL is also unique in the fact that there is no strap to this design. The milled countersink on the underside of the pad accepts our Simple Seal bushing (included) , which, when compressed, creates a watertight compression seal.

If you’d like to ask us any questions or would like additional information on either system, please give us a call at 888.766.4273 or send us an email – that’s what we’re here for!

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4 Roofing Marvels That Will Cause Your Jaw to Drop

Five years ago I accepted a Marketing position with Alpine SnowGuards (and Sister company EcoFasten Solar), and to say that since then I’ve learned a lot about the roofing industry, would be a HUGE understatement.

I swear I’ve learned enough about snow guards, roofing and solar to fill a book, or an “abridged edition” at the very least….and I guarantee that’s just the tip of the iceberg,

As I’ve learned all of these new things, I’ve noticed that I’m also paying WAY more attention to roofs in general, which I guess makes sense. It’s amazing the things you notice when you have an active interest.

Through all of this learning, I’ve stumbled across some pretty remarkable rooftops all over the world.  Some of these are bound to either make you smile, raise your eyebrows, laugh, or scratch your head – or maybe all 4. You also may be inspired. And if not, at least you’ll be entertained, which in my book, counts almost as much.

Take a peek at these 4 incredible roofs, and be prepared to pick your jaw off the floor a few times in the process….

Pagaruyung Palace, West Sumatra, Indonesia

Anyone know the architectural style of this house? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. It’s a rumah gadang. I bet you’re glad I cleared that up for you 😉

Rumah gadang. It translates to “big house”. The Indonesian houses feature dramatically curved roofs structured with upswept gables in multiple tiers.This particular palace boasts three stories, 72 pillars, and the buffalo-horn-like curved roof, which was constructed using 26 tons of black ijuk aren palm fibers.

A few custom snow guard ideas a running through my head right now, but since Indonesia is mostly equatorial in climate, I guess I should leave those ideas right there, in my head.

Casa Acantilado, Salobrena, Spain

Traditional techniques and modern architecture are used to create amazing forms such as this roof in Spain. So, how was it constructed? The architect, Jaime Bartolome, first added a network of rebar, which was woven over strips of steel curved at intervals along the roof pitch.

Next, the rebar was cast into a singular span, with reinforced concrete serving as the roof slab. Zinc shingles (elZinc® Natural) were turned up slightly on the corners to resemble a reptilian surface.

Ferrari World Theme Park, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

When I was growing up, way back in the 80’s, we watched the Garfield cartoon on Saturday mornings. Remember the cat named Nermal? He was the cute little cat who annoyed Garfield constantly, who, in turn, would put Nermal in a box, tape it closed and stamp it with a big “ABU DHABI” label.

Not sure if Nermal ever made it there or not, but something did…this GIGANTIC roof design! Good thing, since this is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Ferrari World is also home to the fastest roller coaster in the world. And for the trifecta, Ferrari World also sports the world’s largest metal standing seam roof on the planet.

How cool is that?!?!

Steve Jobs Theater, Apple Park, Cupertino, California

44 identical radial panels connected to a small central “hub”, the roof on Steve Jobs Theater was assembled and tested in Dubai prior to shipment to California.

The lens shaped roof appears to “float” above a 22 foot tall glass cylinder. Although it looks to be floating effortlessly above the structure, the carbon-fiber roof is actually the largest of its kind. Electric conduits and a sprinkler system are integrated into the silicone joints between the curved glass roof panels.

Another legacy left by the man who started the iMovement.

Rooftops like these show how varied, beautiful, massive, and distinct a roof can be.  What will your next roof be?  Will you opt for metal, shingles, tile, membrane, slate, or shake?  Or something different altogether?  Will you choose to add solar panels, skylights, or a rooftop garden?  What about an elaborate painting?  The sky is (literally) the limit, and with so many talented roofing professionals out there, the next remarkable roof is likely in the works as you read this.

One last thought: If you’re planning on attending the Beacon Product Expo in Denver next week, stop over and say hi to the Alpine SnowGuards crew!

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Images by: sigzincandcopper.co.uk, OmniMax, rebrn.com and Cult of Mac

Gutters: In the Line of Fire

Let me first start by saying that I’m happy we, up here in Vermont, were spared by Winter Storm Uma. I get to a point every winter where I just can’t take it anymore. I mean, I LOVE the snow. It’s beautiful. It’s insulating. It’s a natural acoustic genius, and snowball fights really are so much fun….for me, it’s the shoveling, the constant feeding of the wood stove, and the driving that I get so sick of. I mean, who really wants to drive in that? Not me.

I do remember a monster storm on Valentine’s Day of 2007. We got dumped on with 48” in 24 hours. What a storm!  Thank goodness for our snow blower.  While it was a massive dumping of snow, I’ll also admit it was fun being hunkered down, insulated from the outside in, getting the call from my son’s school that it was canceled, and venturing outside to find a literal wall of snow on either side of you.

The whole point of this post was not to talk about the storms I’ve seen over the years….The point of this post is to talk about an element of our homes that most of us don’t think about all that often, until we have to.

Gutters.

They’re there, they do their job, we clean debris & leaves out of them periodically throughout the warmer months, spray them off from time to time to eliminate staining, and that’s pretty much the extent of it.

But bring on a storm like Uma, and those almost forgotten gutters need some serious attention. A couple feet of snow will pack a wicked punch to your gutters, since they’re directly in the line of fire. It’s that time of year, and this type of storm, that get many people to start thinking thoughts along the lines of, “I really should’ve had snow guards installed” (either that or, “I really should’ve moved South” – ha!)

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I won’t mince words….you should definitely have snow guards installed, 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, we have a solution (in-stock or custom) for every roof type, available in many style, material, and color options, all of which have been fabricated through precision-based knowledge.

You see, the founder of Alpine SnowGuards is a former roofer, and so he and our team understand just how important maintaining the integrity of your roof is. It comes above anything else.

Our snow guard systems won’t void roofing manufacturer’s warranties, and they are all rugged, extensively tested, and versatile by design – not to mention we have a style to compliment every roof, and to please every taste.

Our Customer Service team is truly second to none, our lead-times are hard to beat, and our Online Project Calculator will spell out what is needed for your specific snow guard project.  Want to try the calculator? Just sign up here (it only takes a second, I promise).

Have questions?  Please don’t hesitate to email us or give us a call at 888-766-4273.  That’s what we’re here for!

Visit us online, where you can search by roof type or by snow guard style. We’ve even developed solutions specifically for use on solar arrays – Solar SnowMax, Solar SnowMax-R2 and Solar Snow Pad.

So, before that next storm hits (“Violet” is next in line, for those of you that want to follow along), get those snow guards installed!  You’ll be surprised at the difference they make.

YOUR GUTTERS WILL THANK YOU!

If you have any questions, or would like any additional information, you can visit us online, or contact us by phone at 888.766.4273 or by email at info@alpinesnowguards.com.

 

 

 

 

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Solar Snow Management – Our March Special

Ah, March.

That time of year when we start thinking about the warmer months ahead. Warmer months full of longer days and sunshine. March is also an ideal time to think about installing solar snow management solutions on your solar projects in areas that experience snowfall.

If you’re not already familiar with our line of solar snow management solutions, take a look below, and discover why contractors all over North America are installing snow management solutions designed specifically for use on solar arrays.

In North America, 75-80% 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 the surface of the roof 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

What happens when a SolAvalanche occurs? Gutters can be ripped off, expensive landscaping can be destroyed, cars and other items in driveways and on porches or decks can get 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!

Our Solar Snow Management Application Chart will help in determining placement and quantities needed.

Take a look at the options:

Solar SnowMax-R2

Special details: Take an additional 10% off!

On the eave edge of an array, our Solar SnowMax-R2 is used. The R2 is the tallest fence option, with the fence/bar measuring a robust 2 1/4” tall for those projects requiring a higher fence at the eaves. You can even add an optional black insert strip to match black panel frames!

Here’s how Solar SnowMax-R2 installs:

Solar SnowMax-Standard

Special details: All new pricing – up to 39% in savings!

Additional tiers of snow management may be needed upslope, and that’s where the next 2 systems come into play.

Solar SnowMax-Standard is our original design, with the fence/bar measuring 1 3/8” in height, making it an ideal system for installation upslope, as the low-profile will minimize shading.

Here’s how Solar SnowMax-Standard installs:

Solar Snow Pad

Special details: Take an additional 10% off!

Like Solar SnowMax-Standard, our Solar Snow Pad was designed for use when additional upslope tires of solar snow management are needed. The unique trait about the Solar Snow Pads is that it will also accept 3/8” stainless steel rods, which create a hybrid system that can be used as pad-style snow management AND as a pipe-style system if you choose to add the rods.

Here’s how Solar Snow Pad installs:

Installers in all corners of North America are already using our solar snow management solutions. Why? Because 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.

If you have any questions, would like a sample, or would like any additional information, you can visit us online, or contact us by phone at 888.766.4273 or by email at info@alpinesnowguards.com.

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Snow Guards & Membrane Roofing

♥See our FALL IN LOVE WITH FEBRUARY special at the end of this post♥

Our talented CAD Designer/Animator, Matt, has done some really amazing work forAlpine SnowGuards and Sister Company EcoFasten Solar, in the form of install animations for some of our top products.

Take a look at this one, for our PP115 two or three pipe system for membrane roofing:

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So easy, right? The PP115 system was designed specifically to be installed on metal decking or wood blocking. A compression seal is formed when flashed with a compatible target patch, by bolting the patch between the stainless steel base plate and the extruded aluminum bracket (base plate is 6” x 8” / bracket measures 4” x 6”).

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The innovative system is available in 3 different configuration options to suit your project’s needs: 2-pipe, 3-pipe, and 2 hi-pipe, all accepting 1” OD Pipe for a rugged and attractive snow management solution.

The 2-pipe, 3-pipe, and 2 hi-pipe are all compatible with ice flags, and accessories are available including internal couplings, end collars, and end caps.

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We’ve found that a lot of our clients have never heard of ice flags (and to be honest, I had never heard of them either, until I joined the crew here about 5 years ago). Ice flags are an accessory to the snow guard system that hang from the pipe, adding additional surface area on the up-slope side of the system. Having additional surface area also means additional snow management. Here’s what ice flags look like installed.

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The system comes in mill finish (as shown in video), or in a HUGE variety of eye pleasing TIGER Drylac® ral powder coating colors to match the roofing material.

Take a look at this gorgeous image of the PP115 installed on this Sika Sarnafil Décor Rib roof on one of the buildings of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in Traverse City, MI.

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Here’s another of the system installed on the roof of the Candler Building in Times Square, Manhattan. If you’re like me, and you’re interested in the history of the Candler Building, here’s a brief overview.

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And on a rooftop in Stowe, Vermont, which just happens to be in our backyard (yes, we’re lucky!)

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Learn more by visiting the PP115 product page on our website. And take a peek at all of the highly engineered snow management systems in our product line (we have over 60!) We manufacture everything from traditional pad-style snow guards, to pipe-stylefence-style, and even solutions for managing snow on solar arrays!

WE ALSO DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE MANY CUSTOM SNOW GUARDS

Because our President & founder is a former roofer, we’ve been designing snow guards for decades, always ensuring that the integrity of the roof comes first and foremost!

And now for our FALL IN L♥VE WITH FEBRUARY special:

Receive an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF PP115’s, PP125’s, PP225’s, or PP325’s for orders placed and shipped in February! Give us a call at 888.766.4273 or email info@alpinesnowguards.com and mention code DISCOUNT18+10!

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Snow Management for Standing Seam Roofing: Spotlight on ASG4025 & ASG4025-Mini

Of all the residential metal roofing options available today, metal standing seam is the best-selling – and it’s no wonder. A metal standing seam roof can increase the resale value of your home by up to 6% when compared with a roof covered in asphalt shingles. And that’s not all. If you ever decide to sell your home, you’ll recoup 80% – 90% of the costs you put into a new standing seam roof. With almost no required maintenance and warranties that can stretch out to 5 decades, it’s clear to see why homeowners are choosing metal standing seam as their roofing choice more now than ever before. Not to mention, metal roofing is also recyclable. Win/Win/Win!

Metal standing seam roofing is unique not only in appearance, but also in the fact that attaching anything to it is a bit tricky because you don’t want to void the roofing manufacturer’s warranty by penetrating the roofing material. That’s why we pair oval-point set screws with our clamp-to-seam options.

When you’re looking at snow management systems designed for installation on standing seam roofs, we have you covered. Alpine SnowGuards’ snow management systems for metal standing seam roofs employ precision-engineered clamp-to-seam technology.

What does that mean? It means we’ve done our homework so you don’t have to.

Important points to remember when choosing and installing clamps:

  • Choose clamps that utilize oval-point set screws that won’t penetrate the roofing material
  • Choose clamps that won’t void the roofing manufacturer’s warranty
  • Choose clamps that don’t utilize adhesive, so there’s no worry about the effects from changes in temperature
  • Before you install your clamps, be sure to check that the roofing panels are securely fastened to the roof, in order to absorb the load that will be transferred by adding clamps
  • Once the seam material compresses, make sure to tighten and then re-tighten the set screws
  • When installing clamps designed specifically for pipe-style snow management systems, be sure to leave a break in the pipe every 100’ to allow for thermal expansion

Let’s take a look at one of the most often specified systems in our clamp-to-seam lineup:

ASG4025 Two-Pipe Snow Guard

Forged from a single block of recycled aluminum, and measuring a tall 5.25”, the rugged ASG4025 utilizes three oval-point set screws, and if not ordered in mill finish, can be powder coated with a TIGER Drylac® RAL exterior color that will match the roofing material perfectly (see photo below).

The two-pipe configuration accepts 1” OD pipe and is compatible with the use of Ice Flags and Ice Screens. A centered flag position gives the system balanced aesthetics by avoiding left or right flag positioning.

Image from a homeowner in Virginia

Speaking of flags, the flag thickness on the ASG4025 is ¼”, which, to reduce twisting, is DOUBLE the standard thickness.

Another attribute that makes the ASG4025 a sought-after system is the fact that it can be used in-line with our ASG4000G-U system, thanks to the identical height, width, depth and pipe placement. This is especially helpful when adding more snow guards to an already-outfitted ASG4000G-U installation.

The ASG4025 has a mini counterpart, the (aptly named) ASG4025-Mini. This smaller version of the ASG4025 is also forged from a solid block of recycled aluminum, yet this more petite system accepts 3/8” OD pipe and utilizes two oval-point set screws.

Measuring just over 3.5” in height, the ASG4025-Mini system can also be powder-coated to match the roofing material, or ordered in mill finish (shown).

Both systems are made right here in Morrisville, Vermont USA, and can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).

We have many options to choose from – in fact, we have a snow management system for EVERY roof type, even solar!

Have questions? Go ahead and ask – that’s what we’re here for!

Oh, and before I forget….We’re always on the lookout for photos of our products installed, so if you have any hi-res photos that you’d like to share, please send them our way. We would love to share them, too! There’s a good possibility they’ll make their way onto our online project Gallery, into a blog post like this, and across social media (we will of course tag, link, and mention your company).

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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.

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 60 solutions, 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 Pad-Style 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!

 

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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, 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.