Lessons Learned

Back in 1983 I was living in Vermont, taking on some slate roofing repair jobs, the occasional small addition (2-3 roofing squares), cleaning out bird droppings for church steeple projects and was generally just trying to figure out how to make my way. By chance, as I was focusing on slate salvage, I had run into Clark Hicks of Evergreen Slate Company. In hindsight, I think READ THE REST….

Which Snow Guard is Right for My Project?

Let’s assume you’ve read my blog about the difference between pad-style snow guards (deterrent) and pipe-style snow guards (barricade). These previous posts are available on the Alpine SnowGuards website to help you determine which snow guard is right for your project. In the past, I’ve used the famous Frank Lloyd Wright approach to architecture design: Form Follows Function. It starts with an understanding of the problem. READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution During the Me Decade (1971-1980): Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous blog, the roofing industry of the late 1970’s was beginning to mimic that of the late 1800’s. Slate, tile and metal roofing (traditional or hard roofing materials) began a renaissance….what an interesting time this must have been. There were a handful of roofing companies who were still installing these traditional products and I think it’s safe to say that the READ THE REST….

1961-1970: Peace, Love and….Snow Guards?

The 1960’s. It sure was an interesting era for Americans. The era was dominated by Civil Rights protests, the Vietnam War, social unrest, the assassination of President Kennedy, peace, love and rock & roll.In the construction industry, from about the time of the depression up until this point, hard roofing and the recognized need for snow guards had been on the decline. There were undoubtedly snow READ THE REST….

Snow Guards and Depression-Era Construction

For those of us who were involved in the construction industry between 2008-2012, we had a taste of what the 1930’s may have been like. This was the era we sometimes still refer to as the “Tool Belt Recession”. Many projects that were pending when the bottom dropped out were never started. Projects that were underway cut as many details as they could from their budgets. READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Designs of the 1920’s

Ah, the Roaring Twenties. It must’ve been a fun time to be alive! The economy was booming, the country was growing, we weren’t involved in any military conflicts and it seemed that everyone was making money. In general, it was a really good time in US History. I’m told that there’s even still a speakeasy bar from the era somewhere in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, called The Safe READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution from 1910 to the Roaring Twenties!

I’ve spent a good deal of time combing over old notes, documents, and patents, and I thought it appropriate to point out a concern about the credit given to Emri W. Clark in my previous blog. First, as with all patent claims and awards, the public assumes that the owner of the patent is truly the inventor. I mean, after all, the government has given the READ THE REST….

130 Years of Roofing History Drives Snow Guard Evolution

From the industrial revolution of the 1890’s until roughly the mid 1940’s, slate, tile and metal roofing was commonplace among roofing installers and builders. The craftsmen of the era understood the materials, how to work with them, handle them, maintain and repair them and they understood that snow and ice would slide off suddenly (and sometimes frighteningly). During the roughly 50 years of the hard-roofing heyday, READ THE REST….

How Do Snow Guards Work? (Part 2: Pipe-Style)

Last time, in part one of this two-part blog series, we talked about snow guards and customer expectations, specifically in reference to the installation and use of pad-style snow guards. This time let’s shift the focus to pipe-style snow guards. Pipe-style snow guards act as a barricade system, preventing large chunks of snow and ice from sliding off a roof in the form of a roof READ THE REST….

How Do Snow Guards Work? (Part 1: Pad-Style)

How do snow guards work? Believe it or not, this is a highly debated question within the construction and snow retention industries. It’s a common misconception that snow guards are intended to break up snow and ice into little pieces, basically cut up the mass, so that it comes off in smaller pieces. It’s easy to understand how people with limited knowledge of snow retention might READ THE REST….