Elegant design is often simple and unencumbered. The same is true of the Wire Loop snow guard. Wire Loops are typically fabricated from a single lustrous piece of copper wire and mechanically twisted into a low-profile loop. They are one of the oldest pad-style snow guard designs. As such, they are synonymous with historic slate Keep reading . . .
In May of 2012, Alpine SnowGuards applied for (and was later awarded) a patent for a snow retention device that attaches to solar panel frames. Alpine continues to innovate new forms of solar snow retention in order to satisfy the needs of our customers. Let’s take a look at some of the ongoing complications, and Keep reading . . .
The best snow guards on the market to manage snow on synthetic roofing shingles, at least for residential applications, are Alpine SnowGuards’ Fusion-Guard and Alpine SnowGuards’ Snow Bird. There are other pipe-style snow guard options that are perfect for barricading large amounts of snow over the point of egress. To see more options, search snow Keep reading . . .
Alpine SnowGuards has seen an increased demand for installation of snow guards on synthetic shingle roofs. Is there an increase in demand for synthetic shingle roofs?” Yes, although the correlation between the demand for snow guards and synthetic shingles is not as direct as you may think. Over the years there have been a variety Keep reading . . .
Over the course of multiple blogs, I’ve shared my opinion about the history and evolution of snow guards, as both the roofing industry and new technology have dictated. As I write and reread these postings, there are several underlying themes. One theme is that, in our quest to find better solutions to problems, change is Keep reading . . .
As we enter the early 1990’s, we can skip over talking about things like the mullet, 90210, grunge bands and big bangs. Instead, let’s focus on a variety of snow guard options that began to enter the market right around this time. Seemingly the most active of these markets in the 1990’s was standing seam Keep reading . . .
As a slate guy in the early 1980’s, it was my job to find and install snow guards. But, where to start? The internet had not yet been created by Al Gore (who?) and local roofers weren’t interested in helping out a competitor with material sourcing needs. So, I did what so many roofers do Keep reading . . .
Up until about 1980, my involvement with the hard roofing industry was primarily with the salvage, sales and distribution of “used roofing slate”. In the early 1980’s, my salvaged slate customers started calling to see if I’d be interested in installing the slate. The truth is, the thought had never occurred to me. I was happily Keep reading . . .
As I mentioned in my previous blog, the roofing industry of the late 1970’s was beginning to mimic that of the late 1800’s. Slate, tile and metal roofing (traditional or hard roofing materials) began a renaissance….what an interesting time this must have been. There were a handful of roofing companies who were still installing these Keep reading . . .
This is the first of a two-part series focusing on the 1970’s. It’s not that a whole lot was happening with snow guard evolution but a whole lot was happening in the roofing industry. First, it’s important to acknowledge, thank and share appreciation for the Vietnam war veterans. The social setting in the US was Keep reading . . .