05:39AM | 07/14/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greetings everyone,

We have a standing seam metal roof in snow country. Snow just avalanches off the thing. We've tried all sorts of glue-on snow stops. This spring we had a blizzard and it tore most of them off. If they manage to stay on, they just get twisted out of shape...and snow still avalanches.

I'm working with a roofer who is looking at putting on screw-on snow bars. These are lightweight (same gauge as roof--probably get all bent out of shape?). I'm not wild about holes in the roof but I'm kind of at wits end. We've looked at clamps for standing seam--but they won't work on ours as the seams are loosely-folded, small (1" high) and come to a "V" shape point.

When I'm up in the mountains I see all kinds of snow fences (usually on commercial buildings)--these can look very substantial. Probably also very expensive...but I haven't seen these kinds of products offered.

I've even thought about (don't laugh!) gluing on cut-out portions of asphalt shingles. Perhaps they'd have enough surface area to stay glued on longer? I will definitely entertain new ideas!

Can any of you folks recommend anything I can look at? Our roofer seems to be willing to look at better solutions--I just don't want to go through this year after year!

Thanks in advance!
k.....(Are the holes in the roof, or in my head?


06:54PM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
I use a product called Icegaurds, an L-shaped Lexan that is caulked and screwed to the roof


04:25AM | 07/16/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Thanks Piffin for replying. I tried some plastic ones once (but these were glued on). They just got really nasty looking (we get a lot of sun (UV radiation) and it 'cooks' plastic). They eventually just all fell off (but again, these weren't screwed down).

I'd really like to find something metal; preferally really strong....I guess there's no way to avoid drilling holes.

I do appreciate the feedback....I will look at the Iceguards and see if they maybe have a metal alternative.

Any other thoughts out there? Thanks in advance, and thanks again Piffin for taking the time to respond.



10:50AM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 01/21/03
67 lifetime posts
We've used the products from Alpine with good results. ( Their snow-stoppers are made from aluminum in various profiles and work very well. They are located in Vermont, where they know a thing or two about snow...


12:33PM | 07/21/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there pgriz,

This is interesting info indeed. It's actually a site we've ordered from before--but we got the cheezy 'stick-on' aluminum ones last time. After our blizzard (which tore most of them off), we're going to have to up-the-ante and put on some screw-on ones. I had no idea they had so many different varieties. It's been a couple years; I had even forgotten which site it was.

I am asking our roofer to take a look at these; it would be great if we could put one of these up and forget about the roof for a while!

Thanks for responding, pgriz! And you're right, these people understand snow!




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