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….
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….
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….
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. Keep reading….
It seems that at least once a day, Alpine SnowGuards’ guidance on the proper use of solar snow management systems is ignored or overlooked by installers (integrators). And so, while I know many of you are tired of me droning on about managing snow on solar, I feel the need to keep beating that drum. Keep reading….
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….
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….
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….