What Style Snow Guard Should I Use on My Project?

For those of us who live and work in locations that receive any amount of snow during the course of the winter (even in the autumn and spring up here in our neck of the woods), managing rooftop snow is essential in protecting the areas immediately surrounding our homes and businesses, where people walk and play, where animals live, where our expensive landscaping resides, and where our cars are parked, our BBQ grills sit, and our gutters are in the direct line of fire.

But how do you know what type of snow guard is the right type for your project? That’s where we come in. Our technical team is rich with talent – they know all the options for each roof type, and by employing our ground snow load database, they can help determine what type of snow guard is not only right for your project, but for your location, as well.

The Alpine SnowGuards® team designs, engineers and manufactures over 60 variations of snow guards. 60! Seems like a lot, right?  It is, and here’s why: Every roof is different (material, slope, shape, size, pitch, valleys, etc….), and ground snow loads vary significantly from one area to another. This is the exact reason we make a snow guard for every roof type, new or retrofit, in many styles that differ in both form and function.

We offer 60 solutions, each with a unique purpose:

Pad-StylePipe-StyleFence-Style, and Solar Snow Management.

Pad-Style Snow Guards

Traditional pad-style snow guards are designed specifically to add friction to a frictionless surface, which will help prevent a sudden roof avalanche of snow and ice.  Our pad-style snow guards feature our “fish head” design, providing maximum strength while maintaining aesthetic integrity, and most are available in mill finish, copper, and many color options.


You can use our convenient Pad-Style Snow Guard Calculator to estimate how many pad-style snow guards you will need for your project.

Pipe-Style Snow Guards

Acting as a barricade, pipe-style snow guards prevent large sections of snow and ice from avalanching off a roof.  Our pipe-style snow guards are precision engineered to be not only durable, but beautiful as well.  We offer two-pipe and three-pipe snow retention systems and we also make several height-adjustable bracket options to accommodate roof pitches of many ranges.  You can even have your system powder coated to match the roof!


It’s easy to get started, just sign up to start using our Online Project Calculator  and we’ll provide you with a FREE recommended layout!

Fence-Style Snow Guards

The Alpine SnowGuards team is very proud of our SnowMax system, which is the strongest snow management system on the market.  Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, and with bracket spacing up to 48” on center, this system is an easy to install, cost-effective solution. SnowMax is available for 3 roof types – standing seam, membrane, and corrugated metal.


Since our Sister Company, EcoFasten Solar, manufactures patented, watertight solar roof mounts and rail-free mounting systems, we recognize a need for solutions designed for managing snow on solar arrays – that’s why EcoFasten offers Solar SnowMax, SolarSnowMax-R2, and Solar Snow Pad. All of which were specifically designed for use on solar arrays, in either portrait or landscape orientation.


So there you have it – the low down on snow guards and a brief overview of each type.  If you’re like me, you’ll still have questions, so just email us – that’s what we’re here for! And if you’d like to check out our products by roof type, let me lead the way!



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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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