Alpine Research Facility Update: Managing Snow on Synthetic Slate Shingles

Winter conditions in the eastern region of the U.S. have been relatively mild this winter. I’m a little cautious as I write this article because last year, the Midwest and eastern regions of the U.S. received a good deal of wet, heavy snowfall in March and April (snowfall that was very liquid or viscus compared Keep reading….

Retrofitting Fusion-Guard to Existing Slate Roofs

Last Tuesday we officially launched our newest product, Fusion-Guard, a hybrid pad/pipe-style snow guard. We’re often asked all sorts of questions about our products, especially one like Fusion-Guard. It’s new to the industry AND new all around, as it’s the only one of its kind ever brought to market. I received one such question this Keep reading….

Buckles & Cornices: Alpine’s Research Continues

Buckles: (intransitive verb) to bend or move usually under the influence of some external agency One of the roof snow management details we’re observing on our Vermont roof mock-up is “buckling”. Some roofing materials, especially those that incorporate Polyolefins in their formulation, tend to shed snow and ice quickly as demonstrated in the below video 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….

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 Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

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: Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….

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 Keep reading….