How It All Began

Brian Stearns, the President and Owner of Alpine SnowGuards, has been diligently writing blogs and conducting in-depth technical research of our new testing facility, announced to the public just after the 1st of the year. His passion for all things roof-related dates back to his youth in the 1970’s, as illustrated in the below editorial 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….

Snow Guard Performance Testing

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Alpine SnowGuards has constructed a building at our location in Morrisville, VT (one town north of Stowe for those of you interested in a better grasp of our geographic region) to begin accumulating data relating to sliding snow conditions on varying roof surfaces. What exactly did we build? Keep reading….

Alpine SnowGuards in 2020: A first-of-its-kind research facility

It’s January 2nd, 2020. As I sit down to collect some thoughts for the business year and decade ahead, it’s hard to believe how quickly the last 10 years have passed. I heard a news announcer yesterday use the expression “The Roaring 20’s”. I like that. And I like that the outlook feels much more Keep reading….

Don’t Overlook Solar Snow Management

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As another year comes to a close, we can’t help but reflect on the past, while also looking forward to the future. For us here at Alpine, 2019 saw a big increase in the use of our solar snow management systems all across the U.S. and Canada. We look forward to what 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….

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….

Snow Guard Evolution from 1981-1985: Part 2

As a slate guy in the early 1980’s, it was my job to find and install snow guards. But, where to start? The internet had not yet been created by Al Gore (who?) and local roofers weren’t interested in helping out a competitor with material sourcing needs. So, I did what so many roofers do Keep reading….

Snow Guard Evolution from 1981-1985: Part 1

Up until about 1980, my involvement with the hard roofing industry was primarily with the salvage, sales and distribution of “used roofing slate”. For those of you who are interested, you can read more about our history on the About Us page on the Alpine SnowGuards website. In the early 1980’s, my salvaged slate customers Keep reading….

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, Keep reading….