We would like to thank the producers of This Old House for the much-needed discussion about the importance of snow guards. Last weekend, when our PP115 system was installed on a residential project in Brookline, Massachusetts, Tommy and Kevin of This Old House installed the system quickly and easily.
Before I continue, here’s the video (forward to 16:54).
It’s my understanding that they’re not able to identify product manufacturers on-air, in order to keep the show as non-advertorial as possible, and I wanted to make sure to say that the product being installed is in fact the PP115 pipe-style snow guard from Alpine SnowGuards.
This 5-minutes of TV fame has resulted in a number of calls and emails coming in to us here at the Alpine SnowGuards office in Vermont. Given this wonderful opportunity, I’d like to share some additional information about the PP115 pipe-style snow guard system.
- The installation shown on This Old House is the standard installation, on an EPDM membrane roof.
- The PP115 system is also available for TPO, PVC, and lock-seam soldered copper roofs. The key is to use the appropriate flashing material for the given roof type.
- Alpine has the ability to pre-cut, as an accessory, the membrane or the metal flashing complete with holes to accommodate the base plate studs. Many customers choose to field-fabricate these flashings in order to save money, but having installed many of these myself, I can assure you that the labor saved using the prefabricated flashing patches far outweighs the material cost.
- The PP115 system will also work on stamped metal shingles, synthetic shingles, composition (asphalt) shingles, and cedar shingles. Again, the key is to use the proper size and type of flashing.
5. Variations of pipe brackets are available for different aesthetics. These include additional pipe options, adjustable brackets and various profiles of pipe, all with powder coating options to match the color of the roofing material.
You’ll find the PP115 system, which we’ve been manufacturing for 2 decades now, on such projects as the Philadelphia International Airport, Westover Air Reserve Base, the Edward Jones Arena/America’s Center, Yankee Stadium, TD Garden and countless school roofs across the country. As an aside, this system has also become a very popular option for managing rooftop snow on residential construction projects.
In the summer of 2018, the volume of manufacturing of the PP115 system had been at such great demand, that we increased capacity through equipment processing techniques and have automated our manufacturing to the best degree possible. This is in great thanks to new equipment and a streamlined approach to production.
The PP115 system is versatile, attractive, rugged and cost effective. If we can help you solve a sliding ice and snow issue on your project, let us know. We’re always happy to help. Feel free to add your questions to the comments section, or email me directly if you have a question.
Until next time….
President & Founder, Alpine SnowGuards
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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.
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