Rooftop Snow vs. Gutters

There are areas of our homes that most of us don’t think about all that often, until we have to. One of those areas is gutters. They’re there, they do their job, we clean debris & leaves out of them periodically throughout the year, spray them off from time to time to eliminate staining, and that’s pretty much the extent of it.

But bring on a winter storm, and those almost forgotten gutters may need some serious attention. Accumulated rooftop snow that eventually slides off in the form of an avalanche can leave your gutters hanging – literally – since they are directly in the line of fire

It’s almost that time of year again, even though I hate to admit it. Fall flurries are not all that uncommon in many areas of North America (including here in Vermont), and you can beat the fall rush instead of thinking later on, “I really should’ve had snow guards installed” (either that or, “I really should’ve moved south”).

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, as well as countless custom designs, we have solutions for all roof types, available in many style, material, and color options.

What makes us experts?

The President and founder of Alpine SnowGuards is a former roofer with 4 decades of roofing experience, and so he and our team understand just how important maintaining the integrity of your roof is. Our snow management systems won’t void roofing manufacturer’s warranties, and they’re all rugged, extensively tested, and versatile by design – not to mention we have a style to complement every roof, and to please every taste.

Our products are all made in the U.S.A., which means faster lead times for you!

We use recycled materials, and offer a broad range of rooftop snow management solutions that can help a building qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits through the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC®).

Sign up for our Online Project Calculator and our Customer Service would be happy to provide a free recommended layout for your specific snow guard project.

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

Check out our complete product line on our website, where you can search by roof type or by snow guard style. We’ve even developed a line of frame-mounted solar snow management systems!

So, beat the fall rush!  Your gutters will thank you.


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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, architects, 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.

2 thoughts on “Rooftop Snow vs. Gutters

  1. Raymond L. Milligan says:

    Installed Metalworks in fall of 1999. Purchased recommended Alpine snow guards and need someone to install.
    Please advise for Pittsburgh, PA

    • Jolene Ciosek says:

      Hi Raymond. I’m so sorry, I don’t know how I missed your comment/question! We actually don’t recommend installers because we haven’t worked with all the roofing companies out there and would not want to advise (or advise against) a company we know nothing about. I hope this helps! Thanks for your interest in Alpine SnowGuards!

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