How Do Snow Guards Work? (Part 2: Pipe-Style)

Last time, in part one of this two-part blog series, we talked about snow guards and customer expectations, specifically in reference to the installation and use of pad-style snow guards. This time let’s shift the focus to pipe-style snow guards. Pipe-style snow guards act as a barricade system, preventing large chunks of snow and ice from sliding off a roof in the form of a roof KEEP READING

3 Ways to Prevent a Solavalanche

Most of you already knew this, but in case you didn’t (it never hurts repeating), Alpine SnowGuards led the charge in engineering snow management systems that were designed specifically for use on solar arrays. In fact, we currently manufacture 3 systems, each with its own unique features, making deciding which system to go with a walk in the park! So, what are these systems, and what KEEP READING

Solar Snow Management Application Chart – Alpine SnowGuards & EcoFasten Solar

If a solar install project you’re working on or have completed requires a snow management solution, you’ll want to read this. And if you’re in New England, like us, you woke up to a TON of snow this morning, so this is as great a time as any to talk about snow on solar. We had 30” this morning when I left, and it’s still snowing KEEP READING

How do I know what style snow guard I need?

For those of us who live in locations that receive any amount of snow during the course of the winter (even in the autumn and spring up here in our neck of the woods), managing rooftop snow is essential in protecting the areas immediately surrounding our homes and businesses, where people walk and play, where animals live, where our expensive landscaping resides, and where our cars KEEP READING

Managing Snow on Solar: You Have Options

At Alpine SnowGuards and EcoFasten Solar, we know that managing snow on a solar array can be tricky business. In North America, over 75% of the roofs installed on residential construction projects are asphaltic composition shingles. If you live in or own a building with this type of roofing, and live in an area that receives snow and ice, you’ve probably never experienced a significant roof KEEP READING

METALCON 2015

Last week Alpine SnowGuards and EcoFasten Solar co-exhibited at Metalcon in Tampa, and it was so great to see so many familiar faces and many new ones alike! The more roofing industry shows we attend, the more solar interactions we find ourselves having, and Metalcon was no different. It makes sense! Roof-mounted solar is part of the roof, and roofing contractors and solar installers have so much KEEP READING

The Integrity of the Roof

Many of the solar installation professionals out there (hopefully) know that the biggest priority when installing an array is the act of maintaining the integrity of the roof. If you install an array and then weeks, months, or years later, the fastener points leak, your company’s integrity will most likely be on the line. No one wants that. Not you. Not your insurance company. Definitely not KEEP READING

A Marriage of Sun and Snow

Sister Companies Alpine SnowGuards and EcoFasten Solar work very closely together – in fact, the birth of EcoFasten Solar was made possible entirely due to the existence of Alpine SnowGuards. Formed in 1998, Alpine SnowGuards very quickly became the industry leader in snow management systems.  Being founded by a former roofer provided the knowledge and precision-based skills needed to engineer systems that would not only work, but KEEP READING

Don’t Overlook Solar Snow Management

With winter storm Astro already dumping almost 17” of fresh snow on some areas of the Upper Midwest and Western Great Lakes, it’s sinking in that winter has officially made its debut.  As a skier and a lover of ice fishing, I look forward to the snow.…even if it means I have to endure the slippery roads, the hauling in of firewood, and the shoveling that KEEP READING

Stop Wondering: Find Out What Snow Guard is Right for You

For those of us who live in locations that receive any amount of snow during the course of the winter (even in the autumn and spring in our neck of the woods), managing rooftop snow is essential in protecting the areas immediately surrounding our homes, where people play and animals live, where our expensive landscaping resides, and where our cars are parked, our BBQ grills sit, KEEP READING