Slate Roofing: Will History Repeat Itself?

Ahhh….almost Christmas. Up here in Vermont, we’ve already had several feet of snowfall and are looking forward to more (yes, I realize I may be speaking only for myself here!) As the Holidays approach, we thought it would be a nice time to share an archived article from Brian Stearns, Alpine’s founder & President. The Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

From the Archives: The 3 Grades of Classification for Roofing Slates

Another week has passed and here we are, just 20 days until Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I am a total sucker for all things holiday. I adore the snow, I love the lights, the warmth, the coziness and especially the time spent with family and friends. I hope you all enjoy the Keep reading….

From the Archives: Road Map for Slate Roofing Success

This past week I was looking through some of our archives for a photo from 2004. Although I had zero luck in finding that photo, imagine my delight when I came across old copies of the printed (and snail-mailed) newsletter we used to put out, the Slate Roof Quarterly. The SRQ was in use/circulation for Keep reading….