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What’s on Your Metal Roof? Components of a Snow Guard System

Posted by Kimberly Reichert on Nov 26, 2018 1:06:13 PM

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

In Part 1 of What’s on Your Roof? we discussed how, unfortunately, there aren’t any snow guard police out there patrolling the industry. This creates a two-fold problem: One, that you can’t count on there being building inspectors to check a go-to-market system for structural adequacy; and two, architects and installers of these systems can potentially be sued for personal and property damage from faulty snow retention systems they specify or install.

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof, standing seam metal roof

Do Plastic Snow Guards Work?

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: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof, standing seam metal roof

What are the Best Snow Guards for Metal Roofs?

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.

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: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps

How Can You Reduce the Risk of a Rooftop Avalanche?

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

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.

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof, standing seam metal roof

What is the Best Way to Mount Snow Retention to a Metal Roof?

Posted by Jesse Winternitz on Oct 5, 2018 2:11:17 PM

Metal roofs are a smart decision. But with metal roofs, you must consider the risk of roof top avalanches. A quality snow retention system will help you maintain your roof, avoid personal and property damage, and efficiently and safely allow snow to melt off your structure. But there are a number of methods to mount snow guard systems. What is the best way?

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof brackets, standing seam metal roof

How Can I Find the Right Clamp for My Standing Seam Metal Roof?

Posted by David Stahler on Jul 12, 2018 5:03:30 PM

First you need to determine what type of metal roof you have. S-5! Provides various solutions for all metal types and profiles. One of the S-5! clamp products will be suited to your standing seam (concealed fastened) metal roof. So which standing seam roof profile do you have? Let’s take a look at how to make that determination. 

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Tags: snow guards, plastic snow guards, metal roof clamps

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 guards, metal roof

When is it Good to Use a Two-Pipe Snow Guard System?

Posted by Jessica Haddock on Feb 16, 2018 3:37:58 PM

Is a Bigger Snow Guard Better?

There is a common perception that “more is better”, such as “two pipes are better than one” and “three are better than two”. Many believe that because a snow bank is very deep, it should have a taller snow guard system—with more cross-members.

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, rooftop equipment

Why is it a Bad Idea to Put Snow Guards Over Doorways on a Metal Roof?

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

Often, we are asked to provide localized snow guards and 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, metal roof, metal roof clamps

Why Should You Know the Metal Roof Panel Profile, Gauge & Manufacturer When Installing Snow Guard Systems?

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

Any snow retention system is a life-safety and property protection application. If the system were to fail, tons of snow could suddenly be released onto anything below, threatening personal safety and property. For this reason, any system should be appropriately engineered to the specifics of the project to ensure that it does not structurally fail. Surprisingly, few (if any) vendors who manufacture provide adequate technical data to do this. 

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Tags: snow guards, metal roof, metal roof clamps, standing seam metal roof

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