Alpine Research Facility Update: Managing Snow on Corrugated Metal

For those of you who have been following the continued research we’ve been conducting on the research facility we had constructed here at Alpine SnowGuards, you will recognize that we’ve observed some very interesting activity, and have some valuable take-aways. Some we expected – and some we didn’t. You’ve been able to see what we’re Keep reading….

Alpine Research Facility Update: Managing Snow on Composition Shingles

Welcome to Part 2 in a series of 5 posts related to our ongoing roof mock-up snow research in Morrisville, VT. This week we’re sharing the observations we’ve made on the composition shingle portion of our roof mock-up. We’ll follow with:     Part 3: Corrugated Metal Roof Observations     Part 4: Natural Slate Keep reading….

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….

6 Slate Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring

Brian Stearns, the President & Founder of Alpine SnowGuards, wrote the below back in the Spring of 2006. Brian’s deep roots in the slate roofing industry (he began his career as a slate roofer in the 1970’s) has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience that’s honestly too valuable NOT to share (and re-share). 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….

Introducing Fusion-Guard: A True Game-Changer

It’s here. It’s simple. It’s cost effective. It works on any roof surface. It’s a pad-style snow guard. It’s a pipe-style snow guard. It’s a hybrid design that really should have been invented sooner. It’s a product so revolutionary, that in all 42 of my years in the roofing business, I’ve never seen anything like 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….

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….