I’ve written about the phenomenon of roof avalanches before, and how to put an end to them for good. Just last night, as I glanced at the calendar in my kitchen pantry, I realized my Son goes back to school in less than a month, and I thought it would be a good idea to revisit this topic again, especially since (gasp!) fall will be here before we know it. How can that even be possible? Summer JUST started! The pool is barely warm, there are still ashes from Independence Day fireworks floating around town, and my flip-flops are hardly even broken-in.
With school and fall on my brain, my thoughts chronologically shifted to the inevitability that winter will follow. No matter what we do, or say, or think….it will come. Thank goodness for ski season in Vermont (Stowe is just a few miles away)!
So many of us see at least one big snowstorm every winter, and the winter of 2013/2014 was an unrelenting one for sure – this article on the AccuWeather site reports that it was one of the coldest winters in 20 years, with snowfalls that hit an all-time record high. Erie, PA, for example, got absolutely dumped on with well over 130” of snow; that’s almost 11 feet through the course of the winter – twice what Anchorage, AK saw for total snowfall!
If you, like many of us, live in an area of the country that sees any amount of accumulated snowfall every winter, you know the drill. It happens every winter….the shifting, melting snow that avalanches off your roof in one massive tha-wump. These avalanches can damage expensive landscaping, vehicles, BBQ grills, gutters, plumbing vents, and more – or worse, they can harm people and animals that live and play in the surrounding areas.
Add to your roof a solar array, and all that snow can pick up in speed and intensity because now, it has accumulated on glass. The melting snow will actually act as a lubricant between the snow mass and the panel surface, rendering the solar panel frictionless, and resulting in an extremely slick surface that is perfectly primed for that snow mass to come barreling off your roof.
Solar SnowMax is the solution that makes sense. Solar SnowMax is manufactured by Alpine SnowGuards®, the Sister Company of EcoFasten Solar®, and has been proven as the strongest snow management system on the market, due to its rugged design and aircraft-grade aluminum fabrication. It’s ideal for roof-top solar arrays and carports, for both commercial and residential applications, and can be used with either portrait orientation or landscape arrays. The system clamps directly to the solar panel frame, and accepts an optional black color insert, which will match the framework of many of the solar panels on the market today.
Two years in development, the final design was engineered specifically to provide a super low-profile (only 1.4” at its tallest point) to minimize shading. Because the majority of panels don’t generate electricity along the edges, the shading effect is minor. Take a look at our Solar SnowMax Shade Angle Analysis. Our study was based on factors like roof pitch, geographical latitude, snow load calculations and the overall height of the Solar SnowMax system.
Solar SnowMax installed on an array in Kansas City. Photo credit: James Dawson of SunSmart Technologies, Gladstone, MO
Now is an excellent time to start thinking about getting the system installed on your panels, long before the snow starts to fly and before we get busy with other things like skiing, sledding, and shoveling.
I hope you all enjoy the remainder of summer and what it has to offer….I don’t know about you, but this girl will be sporting her flip-flops for as long as the ground is not covered in snow.
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Alpine SnowGuards® and EcoFasten Solar® design, engineer and manufacture snow management systems and watertight solar roof mounts and components from our facilities in Morrisville, VT. We work closely with leading roofing contractors, engineering firms, solar developers, racking system providers and roofing manufacturers to ensure we deliver quality products that do what we say they’ll do.