Spring in the northern Vermont is an unpredictable season. It could be 65° and sunny for six days straight, and on that seventh day, the temperature cuts in half, snow begins to accumulate, and what was once bare ground is now a sheet of white. This is a yearly occurrence that we Vermonters should Keep reading….
The Evolution of Snow Management on Solar Arrays In May of 2012, Alpine Snow Guards (Alpine) applied for, and was later awarded a patent for a snow retention device that attaches to solar panel frames. Over the past 9 years Alpine continues to innovate new forms of solar snow retention in order to satisfy the Keep reading….
Putting the Ledge-Guard to the Test! On the final weekday of February, with a warm weekend in the forecast, the team at Alpine SnowGuards (Alpine) tested the two-rod variation of the “ASG Ledge Guard”. With spring encroaching and the winter snow depleting; we took the weather into our own hands, applying 6-8” of dense Keep reading….
History Repeats Itself Maybe this could have been appropriately titled “Roofing Groundhog Day”. Yes, history repeats itself and unfortunately, for many of you who follow this blog, so do I. For the large group of you who have been following along; you have read about roofing and snow retention devices back in the late 1800’s Keep reading….
Fusion-Guard: The Ultimate HYBRID Snow Guard As most of you know, Alpine SnowGuards launched a revolutionary new rooftop snow management system, Fusion-Guard, late in 2019. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from project engineers and roofing contractors. This is a one-of-a-kind HYBRID system designed by a roofer, for roofers At its core, Fusion-Guard is a pad-style snow guard. If added protection Keep reading….
Increased Demand for Snow Guards on Synthetic Shingle Roofs The past 3-4 years Alpine Snow Guards has seen an increased demand for snow guards to be installed on synthetic shingle roofs. A response to this phenomenon would be to ask, “Is there an increase in demand for synthetic shingle roofs?” The answer to that question Keep reading….
Leading into future blog content; I would like to revisit an important concept as to why people make decisions on certain snow guards. Reiterating 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 Keep reading….
Using the Correct Snow Retention System for a Given Project. When I first started putting slate roofing on in the Northeastern United States, customers would ask if they need snow guards. Most of the projects I helped repair or salvage roofs that did not even have gutters attached. So, snow guards weren’t even a Keep reading….
This is a very important question to address as well as an important answer to understand! Before I answer, I’d like to ask a similar question. Will a dam hold back all of the water that could accumulate behind it? On the surface, the simple answer to both questions is no. However, the answer is Keep reading….
The layout of snow guards has always been a highly-debated topic – one that’s continually being studied. An ASTM committee has been formed to develop a testing standard to determine what a snow guard is and what it does physically (meaning that when tested for shear and pullout loads, what will a given snow guard Keep reading….