Asphalt Shingle Roofs Need Snow Guards, Too

A hipped rooftop showing asphalt shingles

Here’s a breakdown of some of our most popular snow management solutions for asphalt shingle roofing. Choose from 10+ snow guard options for asphalt shingle roofs on our website.

Asphalt Shingled Roofs: Affordable, Aesthetic & Protective

70% of single-family homes in the US are roofed in asphalt shingles! It makes sense, right? The market domination of asphalt shingle roofing is a very attractive option for homeowners since it’s affordable, is available in so many color and style options, and they do a great job protecting your home from the outdoor elements.

Outdoor elements – like snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, hail – asphalt shingle roofs do their job willingly, and aesthetically.

Added Friction for Steep Pitched Asphalt Shingle Roofs

When it comes to snow and ice, large sheets of snow and ice can cause an avalanche, even on asphalt shingle roofing. Snow guards are most often used on asphalt shingle roofing with steep pitches (6/12 and above), and in areas that have heavy snow loads.

Asphalt shingles already have built-in friction, which provides some relief for avalanching snow. That being said, snow guards should still be considered for roofs with steep pitches and/or in high snow load areas.

At Alpine SnowGuards, we know roofs. Decades of experience and an extremely talented team of engineers have led us to develop several options for asphalt shingle roofing. Take a look below at some of your options.

Pad-Style Snow Guards for Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Available in a large variety of metals and colors for new and existing roofs

PD10 & PD10R

Our PD10 was the first snow guard we developed and marketed. It all started with copper fabrication, and slowly, over the years, we added like Aluminum, FreedomGray™, Lead Coated Copper and Rheinzink®. You can also get PD10’s and PD10R’s in Pre-Painted Kynar Colors. The PD10R has the same qualities and durability as the PD10, in a retrofit configuration for existing roofs.

PD40 & PD40R

Ideal for most asphalt shingle applications with a large variety of powder coat colors

PD40 and PD40R (Retrofit) is the ideal size for most asphalt shingle applications, and, like all of our half-round pad-style snow guards, they feature our riveted “fish head” design for optimum strength and no risk of unfolding. Strap length is 6.5” long and the pad area is 2.375” L x 2.375” wide (at widest point) x 1.438” high. The Retrofit version features a 2” strap sleeve to cover the fastener heads. PD40’s and PD40R’s are available in Pre-Painted Kynar Colors.

Fusion-Guard (Hybrid Pad-Style)

Accommodates a variety of roof materials with added strength

In 2019, Alpine SnowGuards launched Fusion-Guard, a revolutionary new rooftop snow management system. It allows the installer to add optional rods during or after the install. Stiffening ribs on the front of the pad add rigidity and strength while allowing the rods to sit static. The strap is available in multiple lengths, accommodating various roof materials and retrofit applications. Its ideal for customers who don’t like the look of pipe-style systems, but want the benefits of pipe-style systems.

Fusion-Guard is a pad-style snow guard that installers can convert to pipe-style by adding optional rods:

See all Alpine SnowGuards’ Management Solutions for Asphalt Shingled Roofs, including the Wire Loop HD.

Pipe-Style Snow Guards for Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Influx of residential clients choosing the pipe-style aesthetic 

Pipe-style snow guards have traditionally been installed on commercial and industrial building. In recent years there has been an influx of residential clients looking for the aesthetics of pipe-style snow guards, that also look “pretty”. With all of the materials and powder coating options available to you, a pipe-style system may be just what you’re looking for!


This system is available in 3 configurations: 2-pipe, 3-pipe, and 2 hi-hole pipe (all accept 1” OD pipe), and are compatible with the use of ice screens and ice flags. The bracket is Aluminum, the base plate is Stainless Steel, and the entire system can be powder-coated in a color to match the roofing material.


Not only is the system rugged by design, the PP225 was also engineered with 39° height adjustability. This gives the contractor installing the system an easy install and a customizable solution, too.

The base plate is manufactured in sizes ranging from 6” x 12” all the way up to 14” x 24”, and the bracket measures 6” L x 1.5” W x 8.8” H, when extended to most upright position. Both the base plate and brackets are available in Aluminum, Brass, or Stainless Steel.

Easy install – watch the video and see for yourself.


The PP325 is available in multiple configurations (2-pipe, 3-pipe, and 2 hi-hole pipe), Stainless Steel or Brass, and with a base plate that’s available in a wide variety of sizes.

If you have any questions, let us know – that’s what we’re here for!

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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. Alpine SnowGuards can help a building qualify for LEED® credits.

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