Choosing the Right Clamp-to-Seam Snow Management Solution

Of all the metal roofing options available for residential roofing, metal standing seam is the best-selling – and it’s no wonder seeing that it can improve the value of your home up to 6% when compared with a roof covered in asphalt shingles. Not only that, but you’ll recoup, on average, 90% of the costs you put into a new standing seam roof should you ever decide to sell your home – with almost zero maintenance, and warranties that can stretch to 5 decades, it’s easy to see why homeowners are choosing metal standing seam as their roofing options more now than ever before (not to mention, metal roofing is recyclable).


Standing seam roofs are not only unique in appearance, they’re also unique in the fact that attaching anything to them can be tricky in that you don’t want to penetrate the roofing material.

When you’re looking for a snow management system that’s ideal for standing seam roofs, we have you covered. Alpine SnowGuards’ systems employ clamp-to-seam technology. What does that mean? It means we’ve done our homework so you don’t have to.


Some key points to remember when choosing and installing clamps:

  • Choose clamps that utilize oval-point set screws that won’t penetrate the roofing material
  • Choose clamps that won’t void the roofing manufacturer’s warranty
  • Choose clamps that don’t utilize adhesive, so there’s no worry about the effects from changes in temperature
  • Before you install your clamps, be sure to check that the panels are securely fastened to the roof, in order to absorb the load that will be transferred by adding clamps
  • Once the seam material compresses, make sure to tighten and then re-tighten the set screws
  • When installing clamps designed specifically for pipe-style snow management systems, be sure to leave a break every 100 feet to allow for thermal expansion

Now you’re ready to choose the system that’s best for you!

Clamp-to-Seam style snow guards are designed specifically for use with metal standing seam roofs, and are available in options for both vertical and horizontal seam configurations. We offer Standing Seam style snow guards in pad, pipe and fence style options, and in a wide variety of powder coating choices to match your roofing material. Below I’ll go over a few of our best-sellers. For more in-depth info, or to see our complete line of standing seam options, visit our website and take a peek!


If you’re looking for the strongest system on the market, for those areas with the greater snow loads, SnowMax is for you.


(Image on left from Valor Systems, Norman, OK)

Check out this install animation and discover how easy it is to install, and exactly how it does the job it was designed to do.


Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, SnowMax is not only strong, it also saves installation time and cost, by allowing increased bracket spacing of up to 48” on center. We even offer optional color insert strips that can be placed into the groove along the front of the system, so your snow management system will be functional while matching your roofing material. Configurations are also available for corrugated metal and membrane roofing. We’ve even developed solar snow management systems specifically for use on solar PV arrays.


When you’re looking for a pipe-style system, our ASG4025 is a rugged solution.


(Image on left from Paul Unger, a Vermont homeowner who installed the system entirely himself)

Forged from a single block of aluminum, and measuring a 5.25”, the ASG4025 utilizes 2 oval-point set screws, and can be powder coated to match your roofing material to a tee.


There is one option that stands out in my mind when it comes to pad-style solutions for metal standing seam roofs. The ASG33 snow guard is decorative and beautiful, with a “winged” design that can also be powder-coated to match the roofing.

This versatile snow guard has been used on such iconic places as Cornell University, as well as remote cabins, and multi-million dollar mansions.


(Image on top left from Charles F. Evans Company, Inc. in Elmira, NY – Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall historic reroof project)

We have many options to choose from – in fact, we have a snow management system for EVERY roof type!

Have questions? Go ahead and ask – that’s what we’re here for!

Oh, and before I forget….We’re always on the lookout for photos of our products installed, so if you have any hi-res photos that you’d like to share, please send them our way. We would love to share them, too! There’s a good possibility they’ll make their way onto our website Gallery, into a blog post, and across social media (we will of course tag, link, and mention you = win/win!)

Thanks in advance!


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Alpine SnowGuards designs, engineers, and manufactures snow management systems from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, engineering firms, developers, and roofing manufacturers to ensure we deliver quality products that do what we say they’ll do.









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