Using the Correct Snow Retention System for a Given Project

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 . . .

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 . . .

How It All Began

Brian Stearns, the President and Owner of Alpine SnowGuards, has been diligently writing blogs and conducting in-depth technical research of our new testing facility, announced to the public just after the 1st of the year. His passion for all things roof-related dates back to his youth in the 1970’s, as illustrated in the below editorial 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 Roofing: Will History Repeat Itself?

Ahhh….almost Christmas. Up here in Vermont, we’ve already had several feet of snowfall and are looking forward to more (yes, I realize I may be speaking only for myself here!) As the Holidays approach, we thought it would be a nice time to share an archived article from Brian Stearns, Alpine’s founder & President. The 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 . . .