Snow Guards and Depression-Era Construction

For those of us who were involved in the construction industry between 2008-2012, we had a taste of what the 1930’s may have been like. This was the era we sometimes still refer to as the “Tool Belt Recession”. Many projects that were pending when the bottom dropped out were never started. Projects that were Keep reading….

Snow Guard Evolution from 1910 to the Roaring Twenties!

I’ve spent a good deal of time combing over old notes, documents, and patents, and I thought it appropriate to point out a concern about the credit given to Emri W. Clark in my previous blog. First, as with all patent claims and awards, the public assumes that the owner of the patent is truly Keep reading….

130 Years of Roofing History Drives Snow Guard Evolution

From the industrial revolution of the 1890’s until roughly the mid 1940’s, slate, tile and metal roofing was commonplace among roofing installers and builders. The craftsmen of the era understood the materials, how to work with them, handle them, maintain and repair them and they understood that snow and ice would slide off suddenly (and Keep reading….

PP115 Featured on This Old House!

We would like to thank the producers of This Old House for the much-needed discussion about the importance of snow guards. Last weekend, when our PP115 system was installed on a residential project in Brookline, Massachusetts, Tommy and Kevin of This Old House installed the system quickly and easily. Before I continue, here’s the video 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….

Project Images You’ll Want to See!

You’re probably used to it by now – every few months, I gather the project images we’ve received from our clients and put them together in one post, so we can all revel in their beauty (seriously – they’re beautiful!) This time around I would like to share images from 3 projects. PROJECT #1 THE Keep reading….

Designing a Snow Management System

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 is a long time, and we’re going stronger than ever (and so are our snow guards Keep reading….

From the Archives: Road Map for Slate Roofing Success

This past week I was looking through some of our archives for a photo from 2004. Although I had zero luck in finding that photo, imagine my delight when I 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….

Calculator Upgrade: Now for Pad-Style Snow Guards, too!

Late last week we launched our improved Online Project Calculator and we wanted you to be among the first to know about it! We are confident that you’ll appreciate the changes/additions to the calculator that will make things much faster and easier for you, our cherished clients. YOU are what is most important to us Keep reading….