Snow Guard Solutions For Your Metal Roof
A metal roof is a great investment for your home. It can add value and style, and it can last for decades. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that a metal roof can be more susceptible to snow and ice damage than a traditional roof. That’s where snow guards come in.
A good snow guard solution can help keep your metal roof free of snow and ice damage, ensuring that your roof lasts for years to come.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of snow guards available and how to choose the right one for your home. We’ll also provide some tips on installing snow guards on your metal roof.
What are Snow Guards?
Snow guards are essentially a roof accessory that helps prevent snow and ice from building up on your roof. Snow guards are often made of steel, aluminum, plastic, or a combination of materials. They are installed above a ridge to help prevent snow from building up on that side of the roof. Snow guards are typically installed with adhesive and can be installed in a new roof, or on a roof that has been recently repaired. Snow guards are typically installed directly above a ridge.
Why Do I Need Snow Guards?
Snow guards help prevent snow from building up on your roof. They also help prevent ice from building up on your roof. This in turn helps prevent leaks and damage to your roof.
What are Snow Guards Made of?
Snow guards are usually made of steel. They may also be made of aluminum, plastic, or a combination of materials.
Do I Need Snow Guards?
It's important to keep in mind that snow guards are not a replacement for snow removal. Snow guards are intended to help you prevent roof avalanches by melting snow and ice on your roof. When snow guards are installed properly, they should not interfere with snow removal. Snow guards are usually installed in the winter season, and are removed in the spring.
How to Install Snow Guards
A number of different snow guard installations are possible. You can choose between a static or a dynamic snow guard.
Static snow guards are similar to snow fences, but a static snow guard is held in place during winter. Static snow guards that are installed properly can prevent roof avalanches.
Dynamic snow guards are installed in either of two ways. The first method involves lowering the snow guard in place over your metal roof. The second method involves attaching the snow guard to your roof structure.
How are Snow Guards Installed?
Snow guards are installed by first measuring your roof's pitch. You will want to install snow guards on the slope closest to your house. The slope closest to your house will be the most exposed to wind and snow, and the most likely to cave in.Snow guards should be spaced approximately every 12 inches, or about 3 feet. The height of the snow guards should be 1 to 3 inches above the roof's pitch.
What are Snow Guards Made of?
Snow guards are made of a variety of materials, including polyurethane or polyurea. For most, the best material is polyurethane. It can be applied easily, is weather resistant, and is lightweight. Other materials may work, but polyurethane is the best.
There are 2 basic styles, small and large profile
Small profile snow guards are typically attached to the flat panel surface of a standing seam metal roof. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are designed to stop snow from falling off the roof. They are usually made of plastic or metal and have a base that is either attached directly to the decking or to the roof panel by screws.Small profile snow guards come in different sizes and shapes to suit a variety of roof sizes and roof profiles. They are designed to stop snow from falling off the roof. They also have a base that is either attached directly to the decking or to the roof panel by screws. They come in different sizes and shapes to suit a variety of roof sizes and roof profiles.
Large profile snow guards are designed to attach to the seam of a standing seam metal roof.
Bar-Style Snow Guards
Bar-style snow guards are used more for aesthetics than for snow control. They are usually attached to the standing seam panel of the roof with a screw or adhesive. The screw penetrates the metal panel and attaches to the wood decking or substructure below the roof. Snow guards of this type are generally attached to the standing seam panel of the roof, but can also be attached to the roof decking. Most bar style snow guards are made of a metal alloy such as aluminum or stainless steel. Some bar style snow guards are made of plastic and are more durable than metal. Examples of bar style snow guards include the Polar Blox Universal, the Zaleski #15, and the Rocky Guards RG5, RG6, and RGW.
Shingle Snow Guards:
Shingle snow guards are designed for use on standing seam metal roofing.
Fence Style Snow Guards
Fence style snow guards are the most common form of snow guard and are a good solution for many applications. Fence style snow guards are usually installed in a single row. This style is the most economical and is a good choice for small projects, such as a single small project at a single location on a single building. An example of a fence style snow guard is the SnowGard® by GRI.Fence style snow guards are excellent for small projects as they are inexpensive and can be installed quickly and easily. Fence style snow guards are a good choice for single projects.The primary cost consideration with fence style snow guards is the length of the fence. A fence style snow guard of 3 to 8 feet is appropriate for most projects. At Rocky Mountain Snow Guards we have fence style snow guards for metal roof that are approximately 6 feet long by the width of the roof.