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 KEEP READING

Snow Guards and Customer Expectations

One of the more common questions we’re asked here at Alpine SnowGuards is, “are snow guards necessary?” I’ve taught my staff to respond, “snow guards are optional”. Why are snow guards optional? Let’s start with the fact that most building owners don’t want them. And why is this? It varies with construction type, aesthetics, finances, lack of understanding (we approach this issue as an opportunity to KEEP READING

What is a Snow Guard?

By now many of you have read or heard through the grapevine that I have retired from the solar industry. To be clear, I have retired from the “solar industry” but am far from retired. My energies will now focus on family, fun, and Alpine SnowGuards. As such, I plan to do a blog series that focuses on snow guards. If any of you have questions KEEP READING

Project Images You’ll Want to See!

You’re probably used to it by now – every few months, I gather the project images we’ve received from our clients and put them together in one post, so we can all revel in their beauty (seriously – they’re beautiful!) This time around I would like to share images from 3 projects. PROJECT #1 THE CONTRACTOR: Gillespie Contracting – Glenmoore, PA THE PROJECT: Haverford College, Haverford, KEEP READING

This is Why We Recommend Specific Snow Guard Placement

First, and most importantly, Happy New Year to our clients, partners, friends and industry peers! We hope your time over the holidays was spent with family and friends, and was a warm, memorable and happy time for everyone. I, for one, took full advantage of the extra time to catch up on some much-needed sleep! My Son is at the age (12) where he’ll sleep until KEEP READING

Managing Snow: It’s What We Know

Does your roof sport a solar array? If the answer is yes, congratulations – it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make, and the ROI can’t be beat. When it comes to managing the snow on your array, you’ve come to the right place. Alpine SnowGuards has been an industry leader in rooftop snow management for over 20 years, and our solar snow management line KEEP READING

Snow Guards & Membrane Roofing

♥See our FALL IN LOVE WITH FEBRUARY special at the end of this post♥ Our talented CAD Designer/Animator, Matt, has done some really amazing work forAlpine SnowGuards and Sister Company EcoFasten Solar, in the form of install animations for some of our top products. Take a look at this one, for our PP115 two or three pipe system for membrane roofing: So easy, right? The PP115 system was designed specifically KEEP READING

DANGER: FALLING ICE AND SNOW

We’ve all seen it – snow and ice falling from a rooftop, crashing to the ground below. There are countless videos online showing the occurrence (and the result of) a roof avalanche – none seeming to end well. Cars are destroyed, landscaping crushed, and most importantly, anyone in nearby proximity to the building on the ground below is in harm’s way. Just this past week, in KEEP READING

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

A lot of people ask us how Alpine SnowGuards got our start and made our mark in the snow management industry. And often we “make a long story short,” but it’s important to know the roots of Alpine, and where our innovations came from. Our founder & President, Brian Stearns, started his career as a slate roofing contractor in the 1970’s, working on slate roofs and KEEP READING

METALCON 2017

In just 2 weeks Alpine SnowGuards will once again be at METALCON! I love that the show always falls in October – or as some of my friends in the industry refer to it, “ROCKtober”. Alpine’s wide variety of options and configurations for managing rooftop snow spans all roof types, but since this week is all about METAL, take a quick peek at a few of KEEP READING