Solar Snow Management
Posted On March 6, 2018
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 Snow Management Application Chart will help in determining placement and quantities needed.
Take a look at the options:
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:
Additional tiers of snow management may be needed up-slope, 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
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 email@example.com.
We keep snow in its place
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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.