Slate Roofs & the Importance of “Attic Stock”

Back in the summer of 2004, Brian Stearns, the President & Founder of Alpine SnowGuards, published the below article in the Slate Roof Quarterly, a quarterly newsletter we used to send out (think snail mail). The term “Attic Stock” is recognized by too few people in the slate industry. Attic stock is a reserve supply of roofing slate that is left on the job after the READ THE REST….

Snow Guards for Residential Construction: The Do’s, the Don’ts and the Dilemma

To those of you who’ve been following/reading my blogs, thank you. Over the course of the next several postings, I’m confident that as a reader, you’ll begin to understand that the snow management industry, although hundreds of years old in practice, is in many ways still in its infancy. Today we face many of the same issues as we did 100+ years ago (I won’t quote READ THE REST….

Summary: Snow Guard Evolution (so far)

Over the course of multiple blogs, I’ve shared my opinion about the history and evolution of snow guards, as both the roofing industry and new technology have dictated. As I write and reread these postings, there are several underlying themes. One theme is that, in our quest to find better solutions to problems, change is constant. This is a good thing – when all goes well. READ THE REST….

Snow Guard Evolution During the Early 1990’s

As we enter the early 1990’s, we can skip over talking about things like the mullet, 90210, grunge bands and big bangs. Instead, let’s focus on a variety of snow guard options that began to enter the market right around this time. Seemingly the most active of these markets in the 1990’s was standing seam metal roofing. In an earlier blog from this past summer, I READ THE REST….

The Significance of Snow Guard Layout: Pipe-Style

In my last blog I talked about the significance and importance of layout for pad-style snow guards. In short, we’ve found through trial and error that pad-style snow guards that are evenly distributed over the entire roof surface do a better job of allowing snow and ice to melt in place than individual tiers of snow guards with open roof space between them. Picture a composition READ THE REST….

5 Common Snow Guard Questions Answered

As I’ve come to learn, people have many questions when it comes to managing rooftop snow. As I’ve also come to learn, the answers to those questions aren’t as cut-and-dry as you would think, with many variables playing into the mix. With every project being different in terms of roof type, location, snow load, eave length, roof slope, snow management needs or expectations, etc., etc., etc. READ THE REST….

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 we manufacture the only snow 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….

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….