The Danger of a Sliding Snow Mass

When we install snow management systems to protect us from avalanching snow and ice, we tend to forget that there is a mass of both atop our roofs. Snow guards are designed to restrict this mass from exiting the roof in large amounts. We’ll highlight a problem often encountered with solar snow management. And we Keep reading . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Buckles & Cornices: Alpine SnowGuard’s Research Continues

Alpine SnowGuard’s research continues with roof snow management details we observed at our in-house performance testing facility: “buckling”. Some roofing materials, especially those that incorporate Polyolefins in their formulation, tend to shed snow and ice quickly as demonstrated in the below video clip and in our previous blog. Buckles: (intransitive verb) to bend or move Keep reading . . .

Snow Guard Evolution from 1981-1985: Part 1

Up until about 1980, my involvement with the hard roofing industry was primarily with the salvage, sales and distribution of “used roofing slate”. For those of you who are interested, you can read more about our history on the About Us page on the Alpine SnowGuards website. In the early 1980’s, my salvaged slate customers Keep reading . . .

5 Common Snow Guard Questions

As we’ve come to learn, people have many questions when it comes to managing rooftop snow. The answers to common snow guard questions aren’t as cut-and-dry as one would think. Every project has a different set of variables: roof type, location, snow load, eave length, roof slope, snow management needs or expectations, etc. This is Keep reading . . .

Snow Guards and Customer Expectations

One of the more common questions we’re asked here at Alpine SnowGuards is, “are snow guards necessary?” I’ve taught my staff to respond, “snow guards are optional”. Why are snow guards optional? Let’s start with the fact that most building owners don’t want them. And why is this? It varies with construction type, aesthetics, finances, Keep reading . . .

Designing a Snow Management System

Reprint of an article by Alpine SnowGuards’ founder and president, Brian Stearns, published in RCI Magazine. At Alpine SnowGuards, we’ve been designing, engineering, and manufacturing snow management solutions for nearly 25 years! Just over 10 years ago, the founder and president of Alpine SnowGuards, Brian Stearns, wrote the below editorial for RCI Magazine. A decade Keep reading . . .

From the Archives: Road Map for Slate Roofing Success

This past week we were looking through some of our archives for a photo from 2004. Although we had zero luck in finding that photo, imagine our delight when we came across old copies of the printed (and snail-mailed) newsletter we used to put out, the Slate Roof Quarterly. The SRQ was in use/circulation for Keep reading . . .