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Northern Ontario Winters are No Match for S-5! Snow Guards

Northern Ontario Winters are No Match for S-5! Snow Guards Blog Feature
Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Jul 18, 2019 11:51:40 AM

The best test of our products is real-life application. This S-5! success story came from Guido Morandin of Work Monster, Inc. in Canada. The Work Monster project features two S-5! products: VersaBracket™ and ColorGard snow retention

Massive sheet metal snow guard failure is a common occurrence in Northern Ontario. After tiring of “supplying customers with improper ice guard systems,” he needed a real solution that would help mitigate this dangerous phenomenon. He discovered S-5!

Wet Snow - Definitely a Match for Ice Rakes

Just this year, Morandin and his team “witnessed a massive ice retention collapse, where these devices would literally fold under the wet snow on the roof”. Below is an example sent in by Morandin. It illustrates the dramatic results from bending sheet metal snow stops. There is no way to predict a dangerous rooftop avalanche. And bending sheet metal stops makes this unpredictability even higher. 

With S-5! Snow Retention System and With Conventional Ice Rakes in Northern Ontario-min

The conventional ice rakes (sheet metal snow stops) used in the area often bend, fold and collapse. 

The Calm After the Storm

But did the products work? Installation of both the brackets and the snow guards went smoothly. But the real test was once the first hard snow hit the area. 

Morandin said, “None of our S-5 failed, especially with the [SnoClips], they held all day long, night after night, and let the snow dissipate underneath them”.

You can read more about Work Monster's project here

Ready to buy from an authorized distributor? The ColorGard snow guards for this project were supplied by Sky Products in Canada.




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