Pad-Style Snow Guards: Historical. Timeless. Traditional. Classic.
Posted On June 7, 2017
You’ve seen them gracing the rooftops of many buildings, but did you know that pad-style snow guards offer a great source for snow management, while also lending a classic look to any roof? It’s true, and with such a wide, diversified pad-style product line, we have no doubt we can provide the snow guard that’s right for the project, the roof, and for individual tastes.
Let’s back up here a minute. I believe it’s hugely important for you to know where we’re coming from, and to know the history behind our products.
You might be interested to know that Alpine SnowGuards wasn’t always our name. Brian, our President and founder, started the company under the name Vermont Slate & Copper Services (VSCS). He worked for 2 decades as a slate roofing contractor, even consulting on slate roofing jobs as far away as Japan. He’s also co-author of The Slate Book, establishing his place as an authority in the industry.
As VSCS grew, Brian noticed that the snow guards he was purchasing for his roofing jobs wouldn’t hold up to the heavy snow loads of some areas of the country. They would fold, crush, and eventually fail. So, Brian began making his own line of snow guards that were rugged enough to withstand the load and the elements. That’s the original, below!
Not only did his innovative designs work, they worked so well that other roofing contractors started asking where he got these new, rugged snow guards because they wanted to purchase them for their own roofing jobs. And so began our transition into a snow guard manufacturing company, which became a full-time venture in the late 1990’s, and was a natural transition given the loads of experience gained during the VSCS days.
Now you know the history of how we went from slate roofing contractor, to the leader of the rooftop snow management industry. It all started with pad-style snow guards, and with good reason – pad-style snow guards, especially in copper, were the top choice for slate roofs because of the integrity, and because of the timeless, historical element they add to the roof. They’re simply beautiful. And simply put: They do the job they were engineered to do, manage snow.
Our traditional pad-style snow guards are designed specifically to add friction to a frictionless surface (like slate), by managing the snow and ice in a way that allows a slow, controlled melt, instead of a sudden roof avalanche, which can put in harm’s way people, pets, landscaping, vehicles, gutters, plumbing vents, lower roof sections, skylights, you name it….if anything is in the area immediately sounding a building, and a roof avalanche occurs, the results will not be pretty.
Our pad-style snow guards provide increased strength and durability thanks to our “fish head” design, which will not unfold, and will maintain aesthetic integrity. They are available in several finish options (including the best-selling copper), as well as many color options.
HISTORICAL. TIMELESS. TRADITIONAL. CLASSIC.
If you’re looking for a practical, cost-efficient solution to managing rooftop snow with a classic look, you’ve come to the right place.
Take a look at a few solutions from our product line-up, featuring pad-style snow guards for nearly all roof types, new or retrofit!
Slate & Synthetic Slate
When you think of slate roofing, you most likely think of old houses, churches, libraries, and a wide variety of historical places. The beauty and life of a slate roof deserve snow guards that will enhance the slate, not detract from it.
With 9 varieties of pad-style snow guards designed for use on slate and/or synthetic slate roofing, we’ve got what you’re looking for. With a strap length of almost 16” and a pad area of a robust 2 3/8”, the PD10 provides a low-profile, while minimizing the disruption of slate patterns by allowing a secure mechanical attachment to structural roof decking. They’re also visually stunning.
PD10’s and PD10R’s are our most sought-after solutions for managing snow on natural slate roofing.
Corrugated metal roofing can be tricky, and we’ve designed pad-style snow guards that can’t be tricked. With solutions available for corrugated metal and through-fastened roofs, your options are our PD30 and our PD80.
The PD30 can be soldered or through-fastened (recommended) and are also available in many finish and powder-coating color options, allowing you to match or complement the roofing material.
Looking for something different? Our PD80 is a popular style that’s unique “saddle” design holds back snow and ice while allowing melt off and rain flow through.
Also referred to as “Clamp-to-Seam” snow guards, our selection of 10 styles (pad, pipe and fence-style) for use on metal standing seam roofs run the gamut from simple to sophisticated, while maintaining the integrity of your roof, providing a beautiful element to your building, and most importantly, managing rooftop snow accumulation.
Our standing seam snow guards utilize oval-point set screws, so they attach directly to the seam, won’t penetrate the roofing material, and will not void roofing manufacturer’s warranties.
The ASG33G snow guard is extruded and milled with a uniquely shaped “flag” that provides visual interest combined with functionality, and can be powder-coated to match the roofing material.
Like the PD80 (above), our PD81 utilizes the “saddle” design, which was designed to hold back snow and ice while allowing melt-off and rain to flow through. For use on vertical standing seams, the PD81 has been used for applications from residential to commercial.
Composition Shingle / Cedar Shingle
With 9 styles of pad-style snow guards for composition & metal shingle roofing applications, our lineup includes traditional pad-style designs as well as wire loop snow guards.
Our PD40 snow guard is the most widely used pad-style for shingle roofing, with a strap length of 6 ½”, and our fish-head design, the PD40 is the ideal size for most composition shingle applications.
Another option that’s used quite often is the PD50 snow guard. The PD50 can be used on slate, synthetic slate, composition shingle, cedar shingle, and tile roofing. At 18” in length and a grooved front pad, the taller profile is a great solution for managing snow accumulation.
You can use our convenient pad-style snow guard calculator to estimate how many pad-style snow guards you’ll need for your project.
Check out our entire product line and discover why Alpine SnowGuards is the leader of the rooftop snow management industry. We design, engineer and manufacture snow guards for all roof types, even solar arrays and MANY custom snow guards!
It’s also important to note that our solutions that can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).
We’ll be at Western Roofing Expo in Vegas next week, and we would love to see you there! Stop by booth #550 and talk with our experts about how our snow guards (made in Morrisville, Vermont) can mitigate liability and help prevent a roof avalanche! If you haven’t registered yet, no worries – there’s still time. In fact, here’s a FREE PASS! We hope to see you there!
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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.