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, and our gutters are in the direct line of fire.   But how do you know what type of snow guard is the right type for your home?  That’s where we come in. Our technical team is rich with talent – they know what is needed for what roof type, and by employing our ground snow load database, we can help determine what type of snow guard is right for your home, and for your location.

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The Alpine SnowGuards® team designs, engineers and manufactures almost 50 variations of snow guards, with custom pieces always welcome.  Seems like a lot, right?  It is, and here’s why – every roof is different (material, slope, shape, size, pitch, valleys, etc….), and ground snow loads vary significantly from one area to another.  This is the exact reason we make a snow guard for every roof type, new or existing, and in many styles that differ in form and function.

We offer 3 different types of snow guards:  Pad-Style, Pipe-Style, and Fence-Style.

Pad-Style Snow Guards

Traditional pad-style snow guards are designed specifically to add friction to a frictionless surface, which will help prevent a sudden roof avalanche of snow and ice.  Our pad-style snow guards feature our “fish head” design, providing maximum strength while maintaining aesthetic integrity, and most are available in mill finish, copper, and color options.

Clockwise L-R:  #10 on a slate roof, #30Z for metal shingles, ASG33G for metal standing seam roofs, #51 for tile or slate roofs, and #40 for slate or shingle roofs
Clockwise L-R: #10 on a slate roof, #30Z for metal shingles, ASG33G for metal standing seam roofs, #51 for tile or slate roofs, and #40 for slate or shingle roofs

You can use our convenient snow guard calculator to estimate how many pad-style snow guards you will need for your project.

Pipe-Style Snow Guards

Acting as a barricade, pipe-style snow guards prevent large sections of snow and ice from avalanching off a roof.  Our pipe-style snow guards are precision engineered to be not only durable, but beautiful as well.  We offer two-pipe and three-pipe snow retention systems and we also make several height-adjustable bracket options to accommodate roof pitches of many ranges.  We can even have your system powder coated to match your roof.

Clockwise L-R:  #115 two-pipe system on a membrane roof, #225 three-pipe height-adjustable system on a slate roof, ASG4000 for standing seam, powder-coated to match roofing material, #315 for metal roofs and narrow spaces (like around skylights), and a #125 three-pipe system installed on a slate roof
Clockwise L-R: #115 two-pipe system on a membrane roof, #225 three-pipe height-adjustable system on a slate roof, ASG4000 for standing seam, powder-coated to match roofing material, #315 for metal roofs and narrow spaces (like around skylights), and a #125 three-pipe system installed on a slate roof

To get started,  just fill out our simple layout request form and we will provide you with a FREE recommended layout.

Fence-Style Snow Guards

The Alpine SnowGuards team is very proud of our SnowMax system, which is the strongest snow management system on the market.  Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, and with bracket spacing up to 48” on center, this system is an easy to install, cost-effective solution.  SnowMax is available for 3 roof types – standing seam, corrugated metal and membrane.

SnowMax
SnowMax

Seeing that our Sister Company, EcoFasten Solar®, manufactures patented, watertight solar roof mounts, and recognizing a need for solar snow management solutions, we developed Solar SnowMax, specifically designed for solar arrays.  For use on both portrait or landscape solar panel orientation, the Solar SnowMax system clamps directly to the solar panel frame and is extremely low in profile to minimize panel shading.

Solar SnowMax
Solar SnowMax

So there you have it – the low down on snow guards and a brief overview of each type.  If you have any questions, just email us – that’s what we’re here for!  Want a sample?  Just let us know and we’ll be happy to send one right out to you.

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