We’ve all seen it – snow and ice falling from a rooftop, crashing to the ground below. There are countless videos online showing the occurrence (and the result of) a roof avalanche – none seeming to end well. Cars are destroyed, landscaping crushed, and most importantly, anyone in nearby proximity to the building on the ground below is in harm’s way.
Just this past week, in the SoHo area of Manhattan, a giant block of ice plummeted 21 stories from the top of a luxury condominium high-rise building, completely caving in a car on the street below. Thankfully, the owner of the car was not inside when the ice chunk came loose. Also thankfully, no one on the street was hurt, and nothing else was damaged – in a busy, densely populated metropolitan area like this, the damage could have been much worse and more widespread.
Stories like this make you realize just how important it is to check, and double-check, the areas around the outside of our homes/buildings. Someone’s life could depend on it.
Alpine SnowGuards can help. We manufacture snow guards for all roof types, as well as ledge and cornice brackets and custom product. Our product line includes traditional pad-style snow guards, pipe-style systems, fence-style systems, and even a line of solar snow management solutions.
When choosing a snow guard style that’s ideal for your next project, you should evaluate your roofing material, roof style, roof pitch, snow load (based on geographical location) and your aesthetic preference (pad-style, pipe-style or fence-style).
Pad-style snow guards add friction to a frictionless surface, preventing a sudden avalanche of ice and snow. Traditional pad-style snow guards feature our “fish head” design which provides optimum strength while maintaining aesthetic integrity. Since our pad-style snow guards are riveted, there is no risk of unfolding, and their low profile is the ideal snow management solution for residential and commercial applications alike. There is a pad-style snow guard for every roof type, for both new and existing (retrofit) roofs, and in many style and color options to please even the most discerning taste.
Pipe-style snow guards act as barricade systems, preventing large pieces of snow and ice from falling off a roof. Precision engineering is what makes our pipe-style snow guards not only extremely durable, but beautiful as well. Our pipe-style snow guard assortment includes two-pipe and three-pipe snow retention systems, as well as several height adjustable bracket options to accommodate a wide range of roof pitches. Originally used for commercial applications, many homeowners are now choosing pipe-style snow guards when making a conscious decision to protect the areas immediately surrounding their residential and commercial structures from falling snow and ice.
Fence-style snow guards act as barricade systems, preventing large pieces of snow and ice from falling off a roof. We designed our fence-style snow management systems, SnowMax and Solar SnowMax, to be the strongest fence-style systems on the market. Fast and easy to install with bracket spacing up to 48″ on center, our fence-style snow guards are fabricated from aircraft-grade aluminum, resulting in an extremely sturdy product. Available in attachment options suitable for metal roof types, as well as for membrane roofs and even snow management for solar arrays, our SnowMax line of products delivers the finest in snow guard solutions.
Standing Seam, or Clamp-to-Seam style snow guards are designed specifically for use with metal standing seam roofs, and are available in options for both vertical and horizontal seam configurations. We offer Standing Seam style snow guards in pad, pipe and fence style systems, and in a wide variety of powder coating options to match your roofing material.
Don’t hesitate to call us at 888.766.4273 or email email@example.com with any questions you may have – that’s what we’re here for!
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(Image from: New York Daily News)
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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.