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 as to why people make decisions on certain snow guards. Reiterating the “Do’s”, the “Don’ts”, and the “Dilemma”. To those of you who’ve been following/reading my blogs, thank you. Over the course of the next several postings, I’m confident that as a Keep reading….

Using the Correct Snow Retention System for a Given Project.

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 roofs that did not even have gutters attached. So, snow guards weren’t even a Keep reading….

Can a Snow Guard Manufacturer Guarantee that their Snow Retention Device will retain all Snow and Ice on a Roof Top?

This is a very important question to address as well as an 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 surface, the simple answer to both questions is no. However, the answer is 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….

Alpine Research Facility Update: Managing Snow on Synthetic Slate Shingles

Winter conditions in the eastern region of the U.S. have been relatively mild this winter. I’m a little cautious as I write this article because last year, the Midwest and eastern regions of the U.S. received a good deal of wet, heavy snowfall in March and April (snowfall that was very liquid or viscus compared 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….

Retrofitting Fusion-Guard to Existing Slate Roofs

Last Tuesday we officially launched our newest product, Fusion-Guard, a hybrid pad/pipe-style snow guard. We’re often asked all sorts of questions about our products, especially one like Fusion-Guard. It’s new to the industry AND new all around, as it’s the only one of its kind ever brought to market. I received one such question this Keep reading….

How It All Began

Brian Stearns, the President and Owner of Alpine SnowGuards, has been diligently writing blogs and conducting in-depth technical research of our new testing facility, announced to the public just after the 1st of the year. His passion for all things roof-related dates back to his youth in the 1970’s, as illustrated in the below editorial Keep reading….

Buckles & Cornices: Alpine’s Research Continues

Buckles: (intransitive verb) to bend or move usually under the influence of some external agency One of the roof snow management details we’re observing on our Vermont roof mock-up is “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 Keep reading….

Snow Guard Performance Testing

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Alpine SnowGuards has constructed a building at our location in Morrisville, VT (one town north of Stowe for those of you interested in a better grasp of our geographic region) to begin accumulating data relating to sliding snow conditions on varying roof surfaces. What exactly did we build? Keep reading….