Category Archives: snow retention

videoblocks-snow-melts-from-the-roofs-and-drips-down-in-the-spring_bpw9pky1_thumbnail-full01

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! IT’S TIME FOR SPRING MAINTENANCE!

Thank heavens; we can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The tunnel that I’m referring to is, of course, this long, on again-off again, never ending winter. It was quite literally like we were in an argument with mother nature and she kept walking out of the room carrying winter….only to storm back in screaming “And another thing!”. Never fear my friend! She will soon warm up again and forgive you for those heinous neon orange snow pants that you wore every time you shoveled the driveway. We might not, though. Anyway….rejoice…spring is upon us. The birds are chirping in the tress and all is once again right with the world. It is time to relax and soak up the sun, right? WRONG!

The first days of spring are the exact moment when you need to start thinking about the aftermath of winter! Step back and take a good look at your home and more specifically, your roof. It is time to get to work. Just remember, the quicker you get it done, the quicker you can relax. (Your wife paid us to say that). Hopefully there is no major damage, but there are some items on the agenda that need to be addressed ASAP. Maybe a few of your snow guards popped off, your gutters might be overflowing, and your vent pipe could have been damaged by sliding snow and ice. Let’s get to work.

1Snow Guards: First, looking at your roof, you installed some adhesive mounted snow guards last year and you notice a few have come loose. When did you install them? November?!? Well, no wonder a few came off then. The Surebond SB-190 adhesive requires approximately 28 days at 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) or above to cure fully. My next question is, did you get a spacing layout at SpacingTool.com? If not, make sure to work your way through the FREE calculator to ensure that you have the right amount of rows. It looks like you might be a little light on guards. Another row may be needed to help distribute the weight more evenly. After all of that is taken care of, you can re-install the few that came off in the exact spots where they were. The best part is that you won’t need to remove the old adhesive from your roof. The new Surebond will cure to itself! Just make sure to wipe the guard and roof panel with some rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oils first before applying it. Luckily, for you, adhesive mounted guards will not damage your roof if installed incorrectly. Now that it looks like you are on the right path to perfecting your snow retention system, let’s move onto our next task.

PK_31509_GUTTERBRUSHlifestyle_21

Gutters: Those gutters are filthy. It is no wonder that you had problems with Ice dams and draining this winter. It is lucky that someone didn’t get hurt. After you finish unclogging them and giving them a good rinse, it is time to talk protection. Unfortunately, there is no product on the market that can save you from ever cleaning your gutters again, but there is one that can make it much less frequent and a heck of a lot easier. Take a look at LeafBlox. This brush-style gutter protector requires no nails, cutting, drilling or tools at all! Simply choose one of our many available sizes to fit your gutters and then slide them into the gutter to keep debris out while allowing water to flow through like it is supposed to. As an added bonus, the black UV stabilized Polypropylene bristles have been known to help melt ice from gutters in the winter as they collect heat from the sun. Ready for the next project…let’s go.

Ventsavers

Vent Pipes: That last snow storm you had finally took out your vent pipe. You thought you were out of the woods until that last freak snow squall hit. Now your shiny silver vent pipe looks like it got ran over by a Mac Truck. Oh well, there is no use crying over flattened vent pipes. Replace that pipe and then invest in the answer to your problem. I’m talking about the Ventsaver. This metal fin-style snow and ice diverter will attach to your roof and vent pipe creating an additional support structure for it, while also protecting the pipe boot by splitting and diverting snow and ice. Your roof is a standing seam, so you want to make sure that you purchase the additional Standing Seam Ventsaver Plate for mounting it. This will keep you from needing to put holes in your investment.

There you go, friend! Take a look at your hard work and smile with confidence because you know next winter will be different. Your snow guards are repaired, your gutters are clean, and your pipe is venting properly like a steam locomotive. You sit down on your back porch in your Hawaiian shorts and hat with the newspaper before quickly realizing that it is still only 55 degrees out and you may have jumped the gun a bit. I’ll check back in with you next month.

Share Button
pexels-photo-356079

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.

1

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.

2

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.

1

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.

Share Button
B

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.

Untitled

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.

IMG_1963

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.

bar

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.

http://snoblox.com/index.php?l=page_view&p=snobar

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!

Share Button
1

SnoBar/ColorBar/ColorRail The Ultimate In Snow Retention

It is officially October. It feels like you were just lounging by the pool a week ago and now the chill in the air has snuck up on you and panic sets in. In your state of summer delight, you forgot to order and install snow guards for the winter. Jack Frost snickers at your revelation from a nearby tree limb that is now covered in leaves that are no longer green, but shades of orange, gold, and brown. Is it too late?…..Will you be able to protect your home from the snow and ice that are looming ever closer?….Will Rocky and Bullwinkle ever finally end Boris and Natasha’s crime spree? Stay tuned!

Ok, but seriously, take a deep breath and pull up a seat. It is not too late for your home, but the time for action is now! Your solution is here! Let me introduce you to SnoBar, ColorBar, and ColorRail. First patented in 1992, these bar systems are the perfect solution for customers in many different climate zones and with many different roofing types. large_26_snobarcolorbracket (2)Whether you have a Standing Seam Metal Roof, Corrugated Panel, Membrane Roof, or Shingled Roof, there is an installation method available to you. You also have some options, so pay attention.

2

Powder-Coated SnoBar

Snobar is available in 2 different finishes.

  1. Mill Finish – Silver Galvanized silver bar and non-corrosive components.
  2. Powder-Coated – Same non-corrosive components with a professionally applied powder-coat finish for precise color matching.
3

Mill Finish ColorBar w/ColorStrip

Colorbar is available in 3 different finishes.

  1. Mill Finish – Bright silver, non-corrosive aluminum bar and non-corrosive components.
  2. Mill Finish w/ColorStrip – Our ColorBar accepts a 2” strip of color matched coil for an easy and cost effective colored system.
  3. Powder-Coated aka ColorRail – Same non-corrosive components with a professionally applied powder-coat finish for precise color matching.

Regardless of which system you decide to go with, your first step (after you finish that pumpkin ale) is to visit our website www.SnoBarColorBar.com for more information on our bar systems and the benefits of each system. You can find technical data about the different systems and also results from our third party laboratory testing. Browse the many options we have and then fill out a quote request form. Once one of our technicians receives your information, we will be able to evaluate your project for the right amount of rows necessary to distribute the weight evenly on your roof. Following this recommended layout will qualify you for a lifetime warranty for your system’s parts, performance, and finish. We can then provide a price quote for your project within approximately 24 hours.

Our bar systems are incredibly strong and install fast anytime of the year! Once you place the order, your order will ship to you within 1-2 weeks for a mill system and 3-4 weeks for a powder-coated system. Snoblox-Snojax had been providing the United States and Canada with the best Snow Guards in the industry and our bar systems are consistently the Ultimate In Snow Retention.

Share Button
fascinating-home-kid-friendly-backyard-design-with-kids-playground-featuring-swing-sets-and-green-slider-also-kids-tiny-home-with-climbing-play-surrounded-by-green-grass-field-ideas-backyard-landscapi

3 Ways to Avoid Roof Damage from Snow and Ice

It is a sunny afternoon in July, and you are sitting on your freshly stained deck, looking around at your perfectly manicured lawn and sipping on a delicious adult beverage. You’ve just finished a weekend of planting expensive ornamental shrubs and your kids are playing on a brand new swing set. You got a couple of blisters from that one, but as you look around…you are the king of your castle. You are finished with your outdoor chores and ready to relax and take it all in. Little do you know, however, that potential danger lurks above. No…I’m not talking about that pigeon on the telephone line or the sun that already has you burnt to a nice shade of crimson (your wife warned you to wear sunscreen). No sir, I’m talking about your roof.

Yes, that beautiful new roof that cost as much as that new boat you are now waiting until next year to buy. The one that all of your neighbors compliment you on while you retrieve the morning paper! It’s new, it’s shiny, it’s modern….and in a few short months it could be a bigger headache than your oldest daughter’s boyfriend Greg. (We don’t like him either!) I hate to remind you, but as much as you are trying to ignore it…winter is only 5 months away. That hefty investment, on your home, can have serious negative consequences if you don’t act now. Yes you can finish your beer, but then we need to talk about 3 ways to help prevent snow and ice damage.

First thing’s first. Vent pipes. You have several and they are going to be damaged by snow and ice unless you purchase protection for them. We would recommend the VentSaver product. Available in a 3 sizes and able to be mounted to either standard agricultural panels or standing seam roofs (with the use of the Standing Seam Plate) these products will help divert snow and ice around your vents or chimney with ease, saving you from costly repairs and structure-damaging roof leaks.  They also provide the benefit of additional structural support.

Next on the agenda are snow guards. These often overlooked products can be used to either keep snow and ice on your roof until it melts or can allow the snow and ice to shed, but in smaller and less dangerous pieces. There is a variety on the market and your first step, before purchasing, should be to do some research. Different roofing styles and finishes can greatly impact the types of guards that will be necessary for your roof and also their proper layout. Make sure that you receive a layout from the manufacturer. Don’t get sucked into an argument with that contractor “who’s been in the business for 30 years and knows what they are doing”. The manufacturer’s warranty will often, if not always, be based on their own recommended layout.

The third preventative measure that you should take actually has a major impact on your roof right now. While you guzzle down that growler from your local brewery, your gutters are filling up with debris from trees, wind, and that pigeon we told you about earlier.  Clogged gutters can cause multiple issues for your home including, but limited to: foundation damage from moisture collection, damage to fascia boards, and damage to those plants your wife made you plant, that you might just be allergic to. Issues like these only get much worse in the winter. Ice dams can form pools of water and allow it to seep into your walls and overflowing water/ice can land on walkways below causing a safety hazard. A simple solution for this problem is the use of a leaf guard system. We suggest our Leafblox product. Simple and fast installation of this product will allow water from rain and/or melting snow and ice to drain easily while repelling debris.

Look, we get it, you had a long day and deserve a break. After you tuck the little ones in and make sure the oldest didn’t sneak out of her bedroom window, settle in for the night and hop back onto www.Snojax.com to place your order. Use www.coupon.SpacingTool.com for a free layout and 5% off of your snow guard purchase. You’d rather be installing protection in shorts and a tank top than fixing roof leaks in a snow suit.

Share Button

Hiring A Contractor To Install Your Snow Guards

1

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.

 

Share Button

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!

Share Button

10 Interesting Snow Related Facts

While you are are shopping for snow guards, here are 10 things you may not know about snow.

1. It Has Snowed as Far South as San Diego and Miami … and Hawaii

The city of San Diego has had numerous reports of snow flurries, accumulating to a trace on two occasions. Los Angeles has recorded accumulating snow on three occasions, including up to 2 inches in 1932.

Brownsville, Texas, recorded 1.5 inches of snow on Christmas Day 2004. This is that city’s only measurable snowfall dating back to 1895.

In 1977, it snowed in Miami and Homestead, Florida, dusting cars and palm trees in tropical Dade County. This was not a measurable amount, and the history books list this snow as a trace. Key West has never seen snow.

You might also be surprised to learn that Hawaii sees snow every year, and even more so, that snow can fall in Hawaii in any month. As you would expect, the snow that falls in Hawaii is confined to its highest elevations, including Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island along with Haleakala on Maui Island.

2. It Can Snow at Temperatures Well Above Freezing

It has snowed at over 40 degrees on numerous occasions, at the surface. Theoretically, according to ScienceBits.com, it can snow up to around 46 degrees.

For snow to occur at temperatures above 40 degrees, the humidity has to be very low, because as snow falls, the flakes evaporate and cool. Evaporation is more efficient when it is dry.

3. Snow Is a Mineral

According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, snow is a mineral because it is a naturally occurring solid, inorganically formed, and has a definite chemical composition.

4. Snowflakes as Large as Dinner Plates?

Individual snow crystals are small, but sometimes they stick together and create a much larger snowflake.

On rare occasions, snowflakes as large as dinner plates have been observed, according to Kenneth G. Libbrecht, a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology.

The largest individual snow crystal ever observed by Libbrecht was 0.4 inches from tip to tip.

5. In the Lower 48, Colorado Holds the Record for Most Snow to Fall in a 24-Hour Period

Silver Lake, Colorado, received 75.8 inches of snow in a 24-hour period back in 1921.

Elsewhere in the United States, Alaska received 78 inches in 24 hours at Mile 47 Camp in north-central Alaska in 1963.

6. Not Every Windy Snowstorm Is a Blizzard

According to the National Weather Service, blizzard conditions are met when sustained winds of 35 mph or greater last for three hours or more, and visibility is reduced by falling or blowing snow to less than a quarter-mile frequently for the same period of time.

7. Snow Isn’t Always White

Snow is actually translucent and reflects upward of 90 percent of light that reaches the surface of the snow. Very little light is absorbed in snow, and no particular colors are absorbed more than others. This is the reason snow appears bright white, especially as it is falling.

In fact, naturally accumulating snow can appear blue or even pink. Just like in glaciers, deep snow can attain a deep blue hue as red light gets trapped in deeper pockets of snow. The deeper the snow is, the bluer it can become.

In some higher terrain, snow can be pink due to algae that grows there.

8. Snowflakes Can Be the Same

In 1988, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found two identical snow crystals. Similar results have been produced in laboratories. Did we really think that of the infinite amount of snow produced around the world each year, no two flakes are identical? That seems improbable.

9. There Are Many Forms of Snow

When we think about snow, most of us think of the beautiful dendrites. According to snowcrystals.com, there are at least 35 types of snowflakes.

To see some of these types, check out the slideshow below.

10. The Biggest Snowball Fight Was in …

Saskatoon, Canada. More than 7,600 winter warriors came out to throw snow at each other on Jan. 31, 2016.

Contact us today for more information about snow guards and snow retention systems for your roofing project. 

Belles, J. (2016, November 11). 10 Facts About Snow That Might Surprise You. Retrieved January 5, 2017, from https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/ten-facts-about-snow

Share Button

Modern Vent Pipe And Chimney Stack Protection

vs ad

One of our most common complaints from customer is the damage caused by sliding ice and snow that bends and breaks their ventilation pipes. They typically have little protection from being crushed or sheared during an ice and snow slide. Pipe boots are often damaged, leading to roof leaks and costly repair bills.

There are several ways to protect vent-pipes, chimney pipes, and masts from unnecessary damage. We typically recommend installing snow guards in addition to vent protection as a means of damage prevention.

Most snow guards are designed to hold ice and snow in place until it can safely melt off. They are properly installed when installed in multiple rows, spaced evenly up the slope. In the event that a full snow guard system is not required for a particular project, a pointed cutting guard can be used just above the vent-pipes to reduce the chances of damage. This type of installation is commonly referred to as “Isolated Placement” and is not recommended for use with flat faced snow guards. The strategy of an isolated pattern, using a pointed snow guard system, is to spread the pattern in an arrow shape to break ice and snow into smaller pieces helping minimize vent pipe damage. The Snowbreaker from IceBlox, Inc. is a good example of this type of cutting guard. It can be installed 3 ways; glue, mechanical fasteners, or peel and stick.

Some customers choose to install devices known as crickets or saddles. These products are used to divert ice and snow around the upper side of a chimney or vent pipe. Crickets are typically made from metal and may even be covered in the same materials as the roof.

A newer method for combating this problem comes in the form of the VentSaver product by IceBlox, Inc. Ventsaver is available in three different sizes to accommodate different pipe sizes. These devices, often referred to as “cricket eliminators”, help prevent crushed vent-pipes by splitting and diverting the snow while also adding support to the vent-pipes, chimneys or masts. The fin design cuts through packed ice and snow, causing the snow slide to divert around the pipe, and to assist in shedding the ice and snow from the roof. Up until quite recently, these products were only for use with exposed fastener roofing. Now an adapter plate is also available for mounting on most standing seam roofs.

Between late spring and early fall is the best time to plan and install snow retention systems while the weather is good and the roofs are clear. Installation options start to become limited once the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling. Call for more information.

 

 

Share Button

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

h

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.

Share Button