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….

10 Tips for Winterizing Your Roof

You don’t want to admit it, but deep down you know it…. winter is back there, hiding – lurking, really – around the corner. The scorching heat of summer has waned and the leaves changing color and fluttering about our yards (especially up here in northern Vermont) are very clear indicators of what’s ahead. As it seems to ring true with most things, preventative maintenance is READ THE REST….

3 Reasons Alpine’s AIA/CES Course is Right for You

We have some VERY exciting news to share here at Alpine SnowGuards. You may have already heard. Or, maybe you haven’t heard. Either way, it’s worth repeating…. Alpine has recently become an AIA-approved Continuing Education Systems Provider! What does this mean? It means that by being an approved AIA/CES Provider, we’re presented with the unique opportunity to serve the global specifying community with educational information, which READ THE REST….

From the Archives: Slate Roofing & Quality Control

Last week I found myself looking through the archives of Slate Roof Quarterly, the print newsletter that was in circulation between 1999 and 2006. Written by Alpine’s President & founder, Brian Stearns, who began his career as a slate roofing contractor.  In Volume 6.4, in the Spring of 2005, Brian dug into the quality control aspect of slate roofing. Take a look at this abridged version – READ THE REST….

Avoid Gutter Damage with Snow Guards

There are those areas of buildings that most of us don’t think about all that often. That is, until we have to. One of those areas is the gutters that are in place to carry rain water away from the building. Constant dampness in a basement or on top of a slab foundation can cause odors, decaying or deformed wood, peeling paint and even mold or mildew 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….

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….