What Type of Snow Guard is On Your Metal Roof? Choose The Right Way!

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 8, 2018 3:58:52 PM

At S-5!, we don’t recommend installing adhesive-mounted snow guards on metal roofs. From both an economic and design perspective, glued on plastic snow guards typically have low holding strength and are unable to handle harsh weather-related elements. The bond weakens over time and when it fails, the guard can rip away paint and protective roof coatings, potentially leading to corrosion.

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Tags: standing seam metal roof, metal roof clips, metal roofing, metal roof snow stops, snow retention, metal roofs, plastic snow guards, Snow Guards, Snow stops

There Aren't Any Snow Guard Police: What's On Your Metal Roof?

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 6, 2018 2:13:43 PM

This is part one of a two-part series on qualifying snow retention systems.

There is a new (and much needed) document recently published by the Metal Construction Association (MCA): Qualifying Snow Retention Systems for Metal Roofing. This new industry consensus document is perhaps the most valuable tool in your toolbox if you are involved with any aspect of snow guards for any metal roof application.

In places where it frequently snows a lot and even in places where it doesn’t, metal is a favored material in protecting a house or other structure. On the surface, snow might appear to be rather innocuous, as it gently falls from the sky like the ending scene in the movie, White Christmas. But what the movie doesn’t show, is all through the night and much of the morning (if not longer) the light fluffy stuff piles deeper and deeper on top of the roof, incrementally increasing its own weight. Then, when the sun comes out, an avalanche of snow tumbles down onto unsuspecting persons, vehicles and landscapes below. 

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Tags: metal roof snow stops, metal roofing, snow retention, Snow Guards, Snow stops, FAQ, metal roofs, standing seam metal roof, sliding snow, plastic snow guards, metal roof clamps, S5 clamps, metal roof clips

Snow Retention: Reduce the Risk of Rooftop Avalanche

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Oct 26, 2018 10:30:18 AM

Our new SlideShare offers the best ways to mount snow retention. 

When a snow avalanche falls off of a rooftop, it can damage anything in its path! This sudden release of snow can be dramatic—dumping tons of snow in mere seconds. Falling snow forms a temperature-sensitive bond to the surface of a metal roof. Then, when that roof is warmed, whether from the sun or from building heat loss, the bond between the snow bank and roof is broken and a thin film of melt water serves to lubricate the slide.


A several-ton blanket of snow suddenly sliding off the roof can have dramatic results on anything in its path—gutters, the roof itself, landscape, vehicles and even people. Once it is piled up down below, that same snow bank can continue to cause additional troubles (e.g. repeated snow removal; direct damage to building walls; indirect damage caused by funneling melt water into, rather than away from the walls and foundations, etc.).


The Reason for Roof Snow Guards

This is what makes snow retention devices desirable: They keep snow in its place allowing it to leave the roof slowly, either in small amounts, evaporation or as melt water, avoiding the potential calamity of the avalanche.

Learn more about the three methods available for mounting snow retention systems to metal roofs with our new SlideShare. Click here or on the link at the end of the SlideShare to read the entire blog. 

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Tags: standing seam metal roof, metal roofing, metal roof snow stops, S5 clamps, snow retention, plastic snow guards, sliding snow, Snow Guards, Snow stops, metal roofs

Did you know the S-5-V & S-5-H90 clamps are less expensive than the S-5-U Clamp?

Posted by David Stahler on Aug 17, 2018 2:38:58 PM
Well, you’re a loyal S-5! user and as most prudent consumers, contractors, or installers; you are looking to save money without sacrificing quality, tested performance, and ease of installation. Today, we will address questions related to the use of the S-5-V or S-5-V Mini and S-5-H90 or S-5-H90 Mini over the use of the S-5-U or S-5-U Mini clamps.
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Tags: metal roofing, metal roof snow stops, FAQ, S5 clamps, snow retention, metal roofs, plastic snow guards, metal roof clamps, Snow Guards, Roof Clamps, Snow stops, metal roof clips

What is a “Factor of Safety” for snow guards?

Posted by Rob Haddock on Jun 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Recently, we had a contractor using our on-line snow retention calculator ask this question.  He had done a number of planning calculations to customize applications of our ColorGard® system for a particular project, and noticed the field for “Safety Factor” on our load information table and also the calculator. What is this?  And what does it do? He wanted to know.

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Tags: snow retention, Snow stops, metal roof snow stops, Roof Clamps, Snow Guards, FAQ, metal roofs, sliding snow

When is it good to use a two-pipe snow guard system?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Feb 16, 2018 3:37:58 PM
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Tags: Snow Guards, snow retention, Snow stops, metal roofs, Roof Clamps, sliding snow, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps

SnowGuards on Metal Roofs

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Why is it a bad idea to put snow guards just over doorways? 

Often, we are asked to provide localized snow guard systems (snow retention systems) over an entranceway or several of them rather than protecting the entire eave line of a standing seam metal roof. In limited cases this can be done, but extreme caution is advised.

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Tags: Snow Guards, snow retention, Snow stops, metal roofs, Roof Clamps, sliding snow, S5 clamps, metal roof clamps

Why is it important to know the metal roof panel profile, gauge and manufacturer when installing S-5!® clamps to standing seam snow guard systems?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Sep 12, 2017 1:20:01 PM


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