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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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