Snow Guards for Residential Construction: The Do’s, the Don’ts and the Dilemma

Leading into future blog content, I would like to revisit an important concept. This blog revisits why people make decisions on certain snow guards. It will reiterate the “do’s”, the “don’ts”, and the “dilemma”. To those of you who’ve been following/reading my blogs, thank you. Over the next several postings, I’m confident you’ll begin to 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 did not even have gutters attached. So, snow guards weren’t even a consideration. When I encountered my first customer asking for snow guards, I went Keep reading . . .

Can a Snow Guard Manufacturer Guarantee Their Snow Retention Device will Retain ALL Snow and Ice on a Rooftop?

Asking if a snow retention device will retain all snow and ice on a rooftop is a very important question. It is also a very 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 Keep reading . . .

The Significance of Snow Guard Layout: Pad-Style

The layout of snow guards has always been a highly-debated topic – one that’s continually being studied. An American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee has been formed to develop a testing standard to determine what a snow guard is and what it does physically. This means that when tested for shear and pullout Keep reading . . .

Fusion-Guard: The Ultimate HYBRID Snow Guard

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 . . .

Managing the Proper Use of Solar Snow Management Systems

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 . . .

Snow Guard Performance Research: Managing Snow on Corrugated Metal Roofs

This article touches on managing snow on corrugated metal roofs as observed from our snow guard performance testing facility in Morrisville, Vermont between mid-January – early March, 2020. We also researched performance on synthetic slate, composition shingles, slate and tile, membrane and solar panels. All research occurred during Jan. 16, 2020 – Mar. 5, 2020 Keep reading . . .

Snow Guard Performance Research: Managing Snow on Composition Shingles

This article touches on managing snow on composition shingles as observed from our snow guard performance testing facility in Morrisville, Vermont between mid-January – early March, 2020. We also researched and reported managing snow on synthetic slate, corrugated metal, slate and tile, membrane and solar panels, too. All research occurred during Jan. 16, 2020 – Keep reading . . .

Snow Guard Performance Research: Managing Snow on Synthetic Slate Shingles

This article touches on managing snow on synthetic slate shingles as observed from our snow guard performance testing facility in Morrisville, Vermont between mid-January – early March, 2020. We will follow up with reports on composition shingles, corrugated metal, slate and tile, membrane and solar panels. Winter conditions in the eastern region of the U.S. Keep reading . . .

6 Slate Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring

Brian Stearns, the President & Founder of Alpine SnowGuards, wrote the below back in the Spring of 2006. Brian’s deep roots in the slate roofing industry (he began his career as a slate roofer in the 1970’s) has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience that’s honestly too valuable NOT to share (and re-share). Keep reading . . .