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Gluing Down Snow Guards…Does It Really Work?

Summer is in full swing and you just finished installing a beautiful, new metal roof on your home. It still has that new roof smell and has quickly become the envy of your neighborhood. I hate to mention it, but you can’t relax just yet. Even though the mercury in your thermometer is climbing towards 100 degrees, now is the time when you should be thinking about snow guards. It seems like winter is a long way off in the distance, but with every passing moment, it looms ever closer. You need to utilize this heat and use it to your advantage. You haven’t a moment to lose!

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Metal roofing is quickly becoming a must-have for homeowners nationwide. Metal roofing provides lasting style that increases curb appeal and overall value to any home, but it is not without its faults. The clean lines of your new metal roof might look stunning, but its surface is also extremely slick. Unlike asphalt roofs that have snow retaining texture, metal roofing provides no grip for ice and snow. This results in dangerous avalanches that damage property and cause injury to people every winter. Luckily, the solution to this problem is simple; YOU NEED SNOW GUARDS!

Currently, the most architecturally pleasing style of roofing is standing seam. The floating nature of this panel allows it to be installed without visible fasteners to add additional visual cleanliness. Clips, hidden under the panels, are mechanically mounted to the roof and then are used as the attachment points. Because these metal panels are not mechanically mounted to your roof, snow guards should be either glued on or clamped to your seams with a continuous bar system. Mechanical fastening of snow guards to a standing seam roof will normally result in loss of your manufacturer warranty and deformation of the panels with subsequent roof leaks. Individual seam-mounted snow guards are not recommended because they tend to twist and damage the seam under snow load. Adhesive mounted snow guards are usually the best option to avoid roof leaks.

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You know that glue down guards are needed for your roof….but do they work? The answer is a resounding YES, but only if they are installed correctly. Glue-down snow guards often get a bad reputation due to misinformation from companies and customers who failed to install them according to manufacturer’s recommendations. In order for these guards to work properly, you need 3 things:

  1. A LAYOUT – Customers regularly call us asking about layouts and then are surprised by what it takes to do the job right. A good snow guard layout requires multiple staggered rows, spaced evenly up the slope. This helps to distribute the weight evenly over the entire roof surface. Snow guards are not hockey goalies! It is not the purpose of a snow guard to act as a crash barrier. Unfortunately, snow guards are often installed in a single row near the eave by inexperienced installers. In the winter, snow and ice sheds and tears them all away from the roof, usually taking the gutters along for the ride. Snow guards, when installed correctly, will hold snow and ice where it landed until it can safely melt into the gutters. Every roof is different, so what works for your neighbor, may not work for you. A good layout is based on roof pitch, panel dimensions, snow load, etc. A couple of degrees in pitch can be the difference between needing 2 rows and needing 3 or 4. To get a free layout for your project, you can visit www.SpacingTool.com. This revolutionary system takes the guess work out of it and best of all, it is FREE.
  2. GOOD PREP – Any time that you are using adhesive for a project, good prep work is crucial. Luckily, snow guard prep is minimal and easy. Simply wipe down the surface of the roof with rubbing alcohol where you are mounting the guard. This will remove dirt and oils from the panel and ensure a strong bond between the guard and your roof.
  3. CURING TIME – Industrial strength adhesives typically have a long cure period and temperature restrictions. It is the trade-off for unbeatable holding strength after the cure. The industry standard for gluing snow guards to metal roofing is a product called Surebond SB-190. This is, in fact, the only glue that we stock for our products and we have been using it since 1996. We pioneered the use of Surebond SB-190 with polycarbonate snow guards. Surebond SB-190 requires at minimum of 28 days at 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) to cure. Even with a proper layout, a lack of cure time could result in system failure. Late spring through summer is the ideal time for installation of these products. If the temperature drops below 50F during the evening or inclement weather, the curing process will temporarily pause until that temperature is reached again. This can increase the cure time. We constantly get phone calls from customers who waited until winter to install and wonder what went wrong. Cure time is vital!

Now that you have taken the time to educate yourself about mounting snow guards with adhesive, you can feel confident in your purchase. Remember to keep in mind that no two roofs are alike and cookie cutter solutions never work. Your neighbor may think it is overkill, but he will change his tune next year when he is replacing snow guards while you are watching from the comfort of your back yard with a beer in hand. Mounting snow guards with adhesive is a tried and true method of install. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just FAKE NEWS.

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It Is Never Too Late To Protect Your Gutters From Clogs

1We finally made it! Summer is here and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the warm weather! At least, that is what you would be doing if you weren’t up on a ladder cleaning out your gutters…again. Not only are they packed full of leaves from last fall, but now they are also full of flower petals and seed pods from the spring. Let’s be honest, though, we both know you aren’t cleaning your gutters right now. NOPE! You are up on a ladder stalling and reading this blog on your phone. I can’t really blame you. Cleaning out your gutters is a pain in the rear. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Let me introduce you to a product that is going to get you off that ladder and back to that hammock that you keep staring at longingly. It’s called LeafBlox.

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LeafBlox is a revolutionary product that is going to make your life easier and protect your home for years to come. LeafBlox is a large, cylinder-shaped, brush-style leaf guard that looks like a bottle or chimney sweep brush. installed, the stiff bristles fill the entire gutter and provide year-round protection by preventing leaves and other debris from accumulating and impeding water flow. Water continues to flow freely into the gutter, through the guard and down the drain path.

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Installation couldn’t be easier for this product! Simply measure the width of your gutter’s opening and purchase the appropriate size and length for your building. The double UV protected polypropylene bristles and 12-gauge galvanized steel core are both made in the USA and guaranteed for life. Standard kits come in 3’ sections and require no tools to be installed. Simply slide the brush into the gutter and it will do the rest. It takes only minutes to complete the job. Do you have a few inches of extra brush at the end of a run or are you trying to go around a corner? EASY! Just bend the LeafBlox around the corner or back on itself to end a run. No cutting is required with this product. We won’t make the false promise that you will “Never Touch Your Gutters Again!” All Gutter Guards require some maintenance, and this is one of the best features about LeafBlox. When any cleaning or maintenance is required, it’s as simple as removing sections of LeafBlox, shaking out any debris and sliding them back in.  There is nothing fastened to your gutters or inserted under your roof shingles.

LeafBlox has the benefits that you are looking for when protecting your gutters!

1) Prevent Expensive Water Damage - Clogged gutters result in expensive water damage.  Rotting fascia / soffits, water in basements, cracked foundations, landscape destruction and mold growth are some of the common problems caused by clogged gutters.

2) Affordable - Keeping your gutters flowing should not cost thousands of dollars.  Most homes can be protected with LeafBlox for just $200 – $400.

3) Safety - Reduce dangerous time spent on your roof or ladder cleaning gutters.

3) Easy Installation - No tools, fasteners or cutting required to install LeafBlox.  Just slide sections into gutters.

4) Don’t “BUG” Me! - Standing water in clogged gutters is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.

5) Increase Home Value / Decrease Maintenance – Reduce gutter cleaning and maintenance required while improving the value and appeal of your home.

6) Helps Prevent Ice Dams – The bristles of this system collect heat on sunny days and can aid in the melting of ice and snow.

So now that I have shown you the reasons that you need to get LeafBlox, my only question is what are you waiting for? Unless you like cleaning gutters? Visit www.SnoBlox-Snojax.com today and get back to enjoying your summer. You’ve earned it!

 

 

 

 

Schreiber, Randy. “Gutter Guard Benefits.” GutterBrush, GutterBrush, 7 June 2018, www.gutterbrush.com/blogs/news/gutter-guard-benefits-reduce-gutter-cleaning-clogs-and-water-damage.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from a Snow Guard Specialist

At SnoBlox-Snojax we take hundreds of calls a week from customers, like you, asking about our snow guards. I would like to answer some of the more common questions that we hear on a daily basis. For answers to any of your questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-766-5291 and one of our representatives will happily assist you.

Q: How many snow guards do I need?

A: The amount of snow guards that are necessary for your project is based on a few different factors. Some of these include:

1) PANEL STYLE – Different roof panels have particular methods that work best for installing snow guards. Corrugated panels, for example, allow you to install snow guards with adhesive or mechanically. Standing seam roofs, on the other hand, require non-penetrating methods like adhesive or clamp on bar-type systems.

2) METHOD OF ATTACHMENT – Adhesive is very strong in its own right, but often we find that mechanical attachment methods require lower amounts of guards. Bar systems, usually require the least amount of rows on any roof, but it does come at a higher cost than individual guards.

3) LOCATION & SNOW LOAD - Geography has a big impact on the amount of snow that certain regions receive. In some cases these changes are drastic enough that 2 identical buildings in neighboring towns could have completely different snow guard requirements. A few pounds of difference in snow loads may have a surprisingly large impact on the layouts required for these structures.

4) BUILDING DIMENSIONS – The dimensions of your roof play a large part in determining a proper layout for your project.  Panel lengths, roof pitch (angle), and the overall building footprint are all considerations when creating the proper layout for your project.

Once we have received all of the information for your roof, we will calculate a layout and quote for you. For those DIY-ers out there, you can also visit www.SpacingTool.com and work your way through our online calculator.

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Q: Can you match your products to the color of my roof?

A: The answer to this question depends on which of our products that you are looking to install. Our metal SnoBar, ColorBar, ColorRail, and WindBar systems can be matched to any roof color through the use of powder-coating. This is also true for our lineup of standard and decorative stainless steel SnowCatcher products. Typically, this can be achieved by the customer sending us a physical sample. Emailing or texting images of your roof color is not recommended as different monitors and devices will change coloring depending on the settings. A physical sample is always preferred. We have a wide range of stock colors. If your shade is a bit more unique, discontinued, or if you are trying to match a faded color on an older roof, we can also custom match for a small surcharge.

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The individual polycarbonate guards in our catalog are normally clear, but we do offer 11 stock colors for our SnoBlox Deuce. If you are using the Deuce and are unsure of the color-match, we can send you a free sample for you to compare. Otherwise, we typically recommend sticking with the clear.

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Q: Can I order less than the recommended amount from you?

A: Yes. We provide layouts to our customers at no charge and hope that they will be followed. As such, all snow guards that are installed according to our instructions are covered against guard-breakage for the life of the roof. We understand, however, that sometimes it is just not in the budget. In these cases, we will happily provide our customers with whatever they request. We do remind you, in these cases, that deviation from our proposal will result in forfeiture of your warranty for the guards. Normally when a customer purchases less than we have advised, we like to recommend adhesive attachment due to the fact that guard failure with glue does not damage the panel. It simply requires re-application.

Q: I see lots of clear snow guards out there by tons of different companies. Should I be leery of plastic guards?

A: When dealing with clear guards (or any guard for that matter), it is incredibly important to do your research first. Make sure that you are looking for companies who use 100% virgin polycarbonate in their manufacturing and ideally are made in America. There are many distributors of clear snow guards, but not all of them are of high quality. That often is the reason for their lower pricing. The use of more brittle materials, like acrylic, and manufacturing in foreign countries, like China, can lead to inferior products that look identical to their high quality counterparts. The products often break and discolor rapidly. It is easy to allow pricing to sway your decision making. When it comes to the safety of people and property that could be impacted by the dangers of falling snow and ice, you don’t want to pinch pennies. Saving a few dollars could lead to huge lawsuits and fines if and when something goes wrong due to a system failure. It is better to pay a little more initially, than to have to constantly replace guards due to failure. You will save money in the long run by purchasing the best products the first time.

These are just a few of the most common questions that we get. Once again, if you have any questions or concerns about any of our snow guard products, please feel free to call us at 1-800-766-5291 and one of our representatives will happily assist you. Spring is right around the corner, so why not purchase now so that you can be ready.

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You Forgot To Order Snow Guards!!!! – Is It too late!?!??

Last time we chatted, you were sitting on your nice deck enjoying the colors of early fall with a pumpkin spice beer in your hand. (I am still judging you for that flavor choice by the way) Now your panicking because you dozed off for a moment and woke to find it is December 1st! In place of a refreshing chill in the air, you now have icicles forming on your nose. When did this happen? How did this happen? Wasn’t it just August a week ago?! Snap back to reality for a moment and answer me this….did you ever order those snow guards your other half asked you to get? Oh boy…you’re in trouble now. That’s a nice doghouse over there…it looks like it just might fit you and Rover.

I’m just kidding. All hope is not lost and you still have some options for protecting your roof and gutters this winter. You had better work quickly, though, because those clouds in the sky are getting dark. Unfortunately, it is too late this year to install one of our individual polycarbonate guards on your roof with liquid adhesive. That requires approximately 28 days at 50 degrees or above and you haven’t seen 50 degrees in about a week.  If you have a mechanically fastened roof panel, however, with exposed roofing screws, you can install one of either our polycarbonate or stainless steel guards with mechanical fasteners. Your first step should be to visit www.SpacingTool.com to get a FREE layout. Just make sure that you are sealing the guards properly to prevent roof leaks.

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Now, if you have a standing seam metal roof, you DO NOT want to attach guards to your roof with penetrating mechanical fasteners. These panels are specifically designed to float on your roof and interlock with each other by utilizing a series of hidden fasteners and clips. Screwing anything into a standing seam metal roof will cause potential for major damage due to the way the panels flex during expansion and contraction. For these roofing types, you have 2 choices.

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The first of these two choices is our SnowBreaker3M product. The SnowBreaker3M is a clear polycarbonate guard that can be installed with the use of 3M double sided tape. This particular guard works as a cutter or snow-breaker to slowly break up snow and ice on your roof, allowing it to shed safely and gently. Because this guard is not supporting weight in the way that a normal snow guard would, it can be installed with double sided tape to great effect. This option will not hold the snow and ice on your roof, but it will greatly decrease the potential damage and danger of your roofs snow load. The double sided tape does not require a curing period like our Surebond SB-190 adhesive, so it is a great solution for the procrastinator in us all. You can get a FREE layout for this product at www.SpacingTool.com as well.

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Option #2 will actually work with almost any kind of roofing, including standing seam. I’m, of course, talking about our SnoBar, ColorBar, and ColorRail systems. These fence-type snow retention systems can be attached to your roof in various ways and any time of the year. For standing seam metal roofs, they will use a non-penetrating clamp-on system. For corrugated or other exposed fastener roofs, these systems use a screw down attachment method with brackets that support the bars above the roof surface. While the unit pricing for these systems is a bit higher, the amount of rows needed is normally much lower, which will drastically reduce the amount of labor needed for installation. We have various styles and finishes that can match any color of roofing. To begin the ordering process, you want to visit the following link and fill out the form with your project’s information.

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Once your request is received, our specialists will begin designing and quoting a system that is perfect for you and in-line with your budget and taste.

See now…you aren’t too late to make this happen. Maybe you won’t have to spend the night with the dog after all. Let’s be honest…she would have let him stay in the house anyhow. Hurry up and get onto www.Snojax.com right away! It is time to order snow guards. Consider it the gift of safety for yourself and your family this Holiday!

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Hiring A Contractor To Install Your Snow Guards

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The snow is finally melting away and the flowers are beginning to bloom. That means one thing…roof and gutter repairs!!! While the majority of our snow guards can be installed by just about any DIY-er, sometimes the job is better left to a skilled professional. Typically, contacting a roofer is the next step. Finding the right roofer, however, can be a challenging and confusing task. Below is a list of helpful tips to assist you in choosing the right roofing contractor and getting the best service for your money.

Insurance is a must

Make sure that your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Ask to see the certificates and actually call the insurance carrier to confirm that they are valid.

This keeps all bids on a level playing field, knowing that part of the cost of the roof and the service being provided to you is protected with the security of coverage.

Choose a local contractor

Make sure that the company that you choose is local. This means that they are not just operating locally now, but have an established business and reputation in the community.

Customer’s, all too often, get into situations where they need a repair or other warranty work, only to find that the company they hired to install their roof closed, moved or vanished. It is very easy to provide a piece of paper, but the warranty is only as good as the longevity and reputation of the company.

Price isn’t everything

Never choose a company based on price. Cheap bids drive down the market and anyone with overhead and proper insurance has to establish pricing to cover such costs.

Those that do work on the side or are just working out of a pick-up truck can always do the work cheaper. But in the long run, you get what you pay for. Customers that are sold on price, as their sole criteria, ultimately end up spending more money to fix problems, and many of these problems would have been covered under a workmanship guarantee by a reputable established roofing company.

Avoid storm chasers

Steer clear of the knock-on-the-door, “We were in your neighborhood” roofers. This is just canvassing and selling. Pick a roofer from a referral or a sign in your area that has a satisfied client on the other end.

If you are approached by this technique, call your agent and ask for a recommendation. The majority of these roofers will tell you that you have storm damage and have you sign a letter of intent. Don’t be pressured by forceful tactics. You never have to sign an intent letter. Wait to see the contracts and take your time in reviewing.

Get job details in writing

We suggest that you don’t give funds until the work is complete. Make sure that you are satisfied with the result and that the terms of payment were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties.

Make sure that you ask how long a job will take. You need to have a clear idea of what size of crew they will have and a completion day.

Communication is paramount

Did they return your calls? Did they send the documentation that you asked them to send? Did they follow through? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then make sure you communicate your concerns to the company representative.

If they still can’t make good on their promises, walk away. Communication is key to every business. If you aren’t getting what you need on the front end when they are trying to get your business, what will happen once you have committed the work to them?

Spring is the perfect time to begin thinking about purchasing and installing snow guards on your roof. Do it while it is fresh in your mind. Take a look at your roof and gutters, then remind yourself that you do not want to pay for damage ever again. Decide if you are able to install yourself of if you need to hire a contractor. If an installer is needed, follow the steps laid out above and you will be on your way to a pleasant non-stressful experience.

 

Sielfleisch, Chris. “6 Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor.” Angie’s List. Angie’s List, 08 Jan. 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

 

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Sealing Snow Guards And Winter Ice Expansion

1As we near the end of winter, it is not too late to start thinking about snow guards. Actually, this is the perfect time to start planning for installation in the Spring. This is especially true for our customers who are choosing to install their guards with our Surebond SB-190 adhesive. This installation method requires approximately 28 days at 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) or above to reach a full cure.  Whether installing snow guards with adhesive or mechanically with screws and sealant, there is one major rule that must be followed. The sealant or adhesive MUST cover the entire base of the guard to create a full seal. Cutting corners during this step can lead to costly repairs and major headaches.

Winter weather brings many forms of precipitation, each with its own set of issues.  These can lead to guard failures or leaks, if a proper seal is not achieved. Most liquids have a simple behavior when they are cooled (at a fixed pressure): they shrink. Water is one of the few exceptions to this behavior. When liquid water is cooled, it contracts like one would expect until a temperature of approximately 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) is reached. After that, it expands slightly until it reaches the freezing point, and then when it freezes it expands by approximately 9%. The constant cycle of melting and re-freezing on metal roofs can cause water to seep into the cracks and air-pockets between a snow guard and your roof. The pressure of rushing rain-water can also allow liquid to force itself between the guard and your roof.  The expansion of this frozen water can pry the guard away from the roof, potentially causing guard disengagement from the roof and/or leaks where the screw holes are no longer protected. While this will rarely cause damage to the guard itself, corrosion to the panel and/or warping and rotting of the roof’s wooden structure can become costly repairs once warmer weather reveals winter’s damage.

2When installing snow guards, it is vital to their installation for a proper seal to be created over the entire base by applying a liberal coating or either sealant or adhesive. Once the base is covered, press the guard against your roof with enough pressure for any air-pockets or gaps to be completely filled. This should also result in oozing around the outside edge. A gloved finger can be ran around the outside perimeter of the guard to remove excess and to also complete the guard’s seal. A few extra seconds can make a world of difference when it comes to your snow guard system’s performance. Don’t allow expanding ice to remove your hard work!

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Color Matching Snow Guards– What If My Roof Isn’t New?

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Many of our customers have the luxury of owning brand new metal roofs. With the hundreds of available roofing manufacturers today, color options are nearly endless. Home and building owners now have more freedom of expression than ever before.  When it comes to matching colors for our Stainless Steel Snow Guards and our Snobar/Colorbar systems, a new roof is ideal. We have access to hundreds of colors, covering the broad spectrum of shades and hues available in today’s roofing market. Most of the time, simply knowing the manufacturer of your new roof is enough information for us to determine a proper match for your snow guard system. Correct matching, in these instances, can be achieved simply by looking at the manufacturer’s color chart and finding a corresponding powder.

There are other times, however, when a customer may decide to install guards on an older roof. If your roof has become faded or discolored, do not lose hope. There are a couple of options that will allow you to ensure the best possible color match for your roof. When dealing with customers with older roofs, we require a physical sample to be mailed to our headquarters in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. Once the sample arrives, we can match it against our color selection. The best samples are those that are small pieces of the existing roof. Many times these small samples are taken from areas of the roof that are not visually obvious. Other customers will choose to remove a color-matched fastener from the roof and send that in. If neither of these options seems like the right choice for you, there is still one more type of sample that you could provide. A paint swatch from your local hardware store could be the perfect solution for this problem! Paint swatches are free and readily available to anyone! Simply select a couple of cards that closely resemble your roof, then send us the closest match and we will get to work.

We, unfortunately, cannot match your color based on a photograph. Printed photos rely on ink that may not produce an exact match to your roof. This, paired with different camera settings used to take the photos can cause quite a headache for our specialists. Digital photos, provided via email, are also not accepted. No two monitors have the same color settings. Colors can change dramatically when translated digitally. For these reasons, a physical sample is always your best bet.

When choosing snow guards for your roof, custom colors can add an extra bit of style to your roof. We are here to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for. Don’t let your investment become an eye sore. Contact us today and don’t forget….it’s never too late to teach an old roof new tricks.

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Break Up Dangerous Sliding Snow and Ice With SnowBreaker

 

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Winter Storm Jonas recently blanketed the East coast with historic snow levels, rivaling snowstorms of the recent past. Over 14 states received more than a foot of snow. Mount Mitchell, North Carolina took the crown at 66 inches from the storm — a new record for them, beating the 50 inches they measured during the Blizzard of 1993.  At least 6 locations in the East reported their largest record snowfalls ever as well. Allentown PA, BWI, Harrisburg PA, LaGuardia Airport, JFK Airport, and Newark NJ all beat previous records dating as far back as 1888. Storms like this one can be a harsh reminder of just how critical snow retention is for both new and pre-existing buildings.

Typically, our customers are able to solve their roofs’ snow and ice problems with one of our standard snow guard systems. Whether polycarbonate or stainless steel, the majority of the roofs that we sell products for can accommodate a guard system that equally distributes the load of snow and ice over their entire surface. This allows for the snow and ice to melt in place and drain safely from the roof into the buildings’ gutters and downspouts. There are circumstances, however, when our customers may choose to not keep the snow and ice on their roof for an extended period of time. In these cases, a different product is needed to help the snow and ice safely shed from the roof.SAM_0473

IceBlox Inc. has developed the perfect solution for these situations with our revolutionary product called SnowBreaker. As snow and ice shed from a roof, these cost-effective products minimize the danger by slicing the frozen snow and ice into small pieces.  The forward cutting edge and the tucked-back rear support form a triangular shape that acts like a fin to split up the frozen precipitation.  SnowBreaker’s design allows the snow and ice to slowly shed itself from the panel while the guard slices it into safer, smaller pieces before reaching the roof’s edge.  This can be most beneficial in areas where winter weather conditions can sometimes exceed the roof snow load design.

An added benefit for our customers comes from the ability to install this product using 3 different methods of attachment. Those with standing seam roofing, where mechanical attachment is not an option, can install the SnowBreaker using Surebond SB-190 adhesive. (Keep in mind that installation using this method requires 28 days at approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve proper curing). Customers with exposed fastener roofing have the choice to use the adhesive method or mechanically with screws. The SnowBreaker’s design includes molded starter points for easy installation using #14 self-tapping fasteners. For customers who do not wish to penetrate their panels, but also cannot meet the temperature requirements for Surebond SB-190, there is still one other method of attachment available.

The SnowBreaker 3M – Peel and Stick, uses pre-attached 3M brand adhesive tape. The cutting edge design reduces significant sheer load so it is an ideal peel and stick solution for year round and/or winter time installation. Customers who purchase the SnowBreaker 3M are provided with adequate sealant for application around the entire perimeter.

The SnowBreaker and SnowBreaker 3M are revolutionizing the industry one building at a time…will yours be next? See our entire line of snow guards here.

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IceBlox Inc. Introduces Standing Seam Vent Pipe Guard Kit

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Sliding snow and ice are major problems for chimneys and roof ventilation pipes on both commercial and residential buildings. Damage, such a bending or shearing, is a common and often expensive occurrence. VentSaver products will help prevent crushed vent pipes by splitting and diverting the snow. Unlike snow guards, this ingenious vent guard product also adds support and strength to your vent pipes, chimneys or masts. The innovative fin design cuts through packed ice and snow, causing the snow slide to divert around the pipe, and to assist in shedding the snow and ice from your roof. Installation is quick and easy. VentSaver is made from quality non-corrosive, powder-coated aluminum, stainless steel and aircraft cable. The 151 series will fit any roof pitch and any standard size vent pipe (1 1/2″, 2″, 3″ and 4″).  The 383 series will fit any roof pitch and an infinite array of sizes between 1-14″. The beauty of the 383 series is the variety of applications it will fit as well as the ease of installation. The HD, like the 383, can work on any roof pitch and also includes the added benefit of the optional wing kit. All 3 of these VentSavers eliminate the need for unattractive, costly crickets and may be installed on any existing roof as well as new construction.

Now our valued customers can install these great products onto their standing seam roofs as well! We are proud to introduce the Standing Seam Vent Pipe Guard Kit as the newest addition to our product line. This is an adjustable-fit mounting plate that secures to a roof’s standing seams with (4) non-penetrating RCT seam clamps. It allows the use of the Ventsaver 151, 383, or HD to be used without penetration. It utilizes a custom fit Ice Ramp, to protect the base of the pipe from sliding snow and ice damage. The fin of the Ventsaver protects the upper portions of the pipe. The all-aluminum SS Ventsaver kit is manufactured in the USA and uses stainless steel set screws and fasteners.

Please check the “Panel Matrix” for a list of standing seam panels that these products are now compatible with. This product works best when combined with one of our snow guard systems. Please visit our website for more information on our snow guards.

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A Thorough Walk-Through Of SpacingTool.com (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 (the final part in our series) of our walk-through of SpacingTool.com. In the last step, we had input the dimension information for the projects multiple roof areas. In the next step, you will be asked to input your contact information and some information about the project such as its location and zip code. One question the our customers normally have trouble with is determining their “Ground Snow Load”. This is a unit of measure for snow that is expressed in “PSF”. You can typically call your local building inspector to obtain this information. You can also elect to use an online service, such as the one at www.groundsnowbyzip.com. At this site, you enter your project location and it does the rest. For our test roof we are going to use Nashville, Tennessee as the project location. Nashville has a ground snow load of 10psf.snowload

Now we can enter the info for our project.

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Once completed, click “Calculate”

In the next screen SpacingTool will give you a comparison list of the snow guards that will fit your roof. It will also show the amount of guards and pricing for each style. In our case, however, only one guard will fit this panel. That is the SnoBlox Deuce.

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Click the checkbox next to your selected guard to complete the SpacingTool Layout. The next screen will show your complete layout with pricing information, a shopping list, and the layout for your specific roof areas.

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Be sure to print this out and keep it for your records. Doing so, will entitle you to free lifetime replacement for any guards that crack or break for the life of your roof. Read over your layout thoroughly, prior to ordering / installing the product. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the SpacingTool, please call us at 1-800-766-5291 and one of our representatives will be glad to help you. Once you are ready to place your order, you can do so by visiting www.Snoblox.com or by giving us a call.

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