IceBlox Inc. Wins Metal Roofing Magazine’s 2016 Metal of Honor

Metal Of Honor 2016 Half PageWe are proud to announce that IceBlox, Inc. has been awarded the 2016 Metal of Honor from Metal Roofing Magazine for the 7th consecutive year. We are honored to win this prestigious award for our superior snow guards.  Since our company’s inception, we strive to continue the legacy of innovation and quality that Jack McMullen began over 40 years ago. His son Brion McMullen operates our company today, with that same philosophy and drive.

Since the first ever polycarbonate snow guard, the Snojax 1, came off of the assembly line in 1976, we continue to maintain the same level of quality in our products today. All of our products are proudly “Made in the USA” and while that sometimes doesn’t make us the least expensive, it does make us the best!

Our customer service is second to none. Live support is only a phone call away with skilled technicians who will be happy to help you with all of your questions and concerns. Our customized layout program, SpacingTool.com is also available 24/7.  This user-friendly and revolutionary system allows for one-stop shopping and makes the headache of guesswork a thing of the past. Free use and fast calculation allows our customer to get back to the real work at hand. Same or next-day order processing ensures some of the shortest lead times in the business.

We thank Metal Roofing Magazine and their readers for once again awarding our tireless efforts. Whether you are looking for snow guards, vent pipe protection, bar systems or gutter leaf protection, you can count on IceBlox, Inc. to provide you with the best products on the market and the best customer service in the industry.

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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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What Is A Snow Load And How Important Is It?

Proper snow guard layouts are vitally important to ensure a successful installation.  Without a professional layout, customers run the risk of under-designing their system and possible system failure.  Spacingtool.com was created to help architects, homeowners and contractors determine proper guard spacing. Project specific dimensions and local “Ground Snow Loads” are calculated along with the testing strength of the various snow guards to produce a proper layout for snow guards.  This free design service also helps you determine the correct guard recommended for the specific project and panel.

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What Is Powder Coating?

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When it comes to custom color matching for our Stainless Steel SnowCatcher snow guards and Bar Systems, you can count on top-quality powder coated finishes every time. The official powder coater of Iceblox, Inc., Pennsylvania based Keystone Koating, has been in business since 1986 and has been a valued ally for many years. With a large variety of colors, metallics, textures, and the ability to custom blend powder, we can match just about any color or finish that you desire for your project.

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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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A Thorough Walk-Through Of SpacingTool.com (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our walk-through of SpacingTool.com. In the last step, we had selected the type of attachment we were going to use for our snow guards. We had chosen the adhesive mounting method, which utilizes Surebond SB-190.

The next step of the SpacingTool process is entering the dimensions of your roof areas. Our test roof is a simple 2-sided gable roof. As such, each side of the roof is considered a single roof area. Inputting the dimensions for only 1 roof area will give you half of the guards that you would need for the entire project. If we had a porch roof on the gabled end of our test building, then we would have 3 roof areas and so forth.

11110369_384616685056797_2108357929576188652_o1At this point, SpacingTool is going to ask you to input the dimensions for your project’s different roof areas. The first dimension it is going to ask for is the roof pitch. If you have the plans for your building, this dimension will often be found on the elevation drawings. If this is not an option, roof pitch can be found manually by measuring your roof’s rise and run. The first step is to place a ruler (or other measuring tool) so that it faces away from your roof panel horizontally. Measure along your ruler 12” out from the panel. Using a 2nd ruler, measure the vertical dimension between the 12” mark of the first ruler and the roof panel. For our test roof, our vertical dimension was 7” from the horizontal ruler down to the roof panel. This dimension will then be expressed as a 7:12 roof pitch.

roof-pitchSpacingTool will now ask what “Roof Shape” you are dealing with. For our test roof, we are using rectangular roof areas, but if we were using a hip roof, then we would need triangular roof areas additionally.

The next dimension that SpacingTool will ask for is the “Panel Run”. This is the diagonal length of the roof area from the peak to the eave edge. This dimension can be determined on smaller roofs by simply measuring along the length of the roof panel. On larger roofs, we recommend the use of an online roof run calculator, such as this one by APB Pole Barns. http://www.pole-barn.info/roof-rafter-calculations.html. This tool will ask you the width of the building and the pitch. Once you enter those dimensions, it will calculate the pitch of the roof for you. Our test building has a 50’wide x100’ long footprint and we already know our roof has a 7:12 pitch, so let’s see what the calculator comes up with.

run calcAccording to the calculator, the roof run for both roof areas is 28’-11 5/16” long. Round up to 29’

The final dimension is the Eave Length. This can be measured easily by following along the bottom edge of the roof areas. Our test building is 100’ long.

dims2Now that we have all of the necessary dimensions, it is time to enter them into SpacingTool. Our test roof is the same on both sides, so we will need to enter our dimensions twice (once for each side) and then click “Save”.

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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. Stay tuned for Part 3, as we finish our layout calculations for our roof’s snow guard installation.

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A Thorough Walk-Through Of SpacingTool.com (Part 1)

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The most frequently asked questions that we get from our customers, about snow guards, are “How do I know which guard to buy?” and “What kind of layout should I use when installing them?” Luckily, for our customers, we have developed a free tool that is proven to take all of the guesswork out of this process.  Let me walk you thru the basics of www.SpacingTool.com.

There is no such thing as a “standard” snow guard layout, every project is unique.  The most effective layout method is to use multiple staggered rows to control the movement and roof loading.  We use several factors to determine the right layout for your project.

Once at the www.SpacingTool.com Home Page, read over the “Installation Instructions” and “Terms of Use/Terms of Sale”. Both of these items are available via the clickable links provided. Once you have read through these documents, click on “Get Started”.

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Step one is Panel Profile Selection. This step is crucial in ensuring a proper layout for your roof. We will be basing our test roof on the Imperial Rib Metal Panel By American Building Components.  This is a very common panel commonly referred to as a 9” r-panel because the ribs are 9” on center.  We have the option of screw down or glue down attachment.

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Most roofing companies will have profile diagrams on their websites that will at least show some of the dimensions associated with the particular panel. With older roof panels of unknown origin, it will be necessary to take a look at your project’s roof panel in person before making your selection. Guessing is not recommended at any point during this process.

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Once we have selected the matching panel profile (“R” Panel), the SpacingTool will move us forward to step 2 “Panel Details”. For Our “R” Panel, Spacing Tool will ask for the Valley Width and the Flat Area Width. Luckily, ABC’s website shows the on-center spacing of our test panel as 9”, so we do not need to measure that. We do, however, need to measure the width of the flat area between the two minor ribs of our panel. We have determined that the width is 1.5”. Once we select our appropriate dimensions from the drop down menus, we can move on to step 3

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Step 3 is selecting the  “Method of Attachment”. This is the time for you to decide whether or not you will be screwing down your guards or attaching them with adhesive. Depending on the roof panel that you select in Step 1, you may not be given a choice. An example of this would be a standing seam roof. Due to the installation process of this type of panel, screw down installation of snow guards is prohibited and typically voids the roof’s warranty. Because of this, we have programmed SpacingTool to not allow this as a selection in these situations. *Always consult your roof’s warranty before installing any roof accessory.

Our test panel allows us to install our snow guards using either method of attachment. Because we will be installing in the late Spring, I will be using adhesive for this project. Please note that our SureBond SB-190 adhesive requires approximately 28 days at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to cure fully. Once I make my selection, we can move on to the next step.6

Stay tuned for Part 2. Coming Soon.

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Standing Seam Metal Roof Ventsaver

We have been selling Snow Guards for over 35 years and VentSaver products for over 15 years and they have earned an excellent reputation in the industry.  No other product provides such an effective solution to protect vent pipes and chimney pipes from damage.  Unfortunately, the standing seam metal roof customers that have inquired over the years were disappointed to learn that the Ventsaver was not able to be mounted on their roof without panel penetrations.

We have resolved this problem with the new SS VentSaver Plate.  They allow the use of all 3 VentSaver models to be safely used on Standing Seam panels without penetrating the metal.  The Ice Ramp keeps the snow and ice from getting under the plate while the VentSaver fin effectively breaks the snow and ice sheets as it slides down the roof.  The SS VentSaver is available in 2 sizes, the Model 12-16 is designed for 12”-16” seams and the Model 12-24 is recommended for seams 17”-24”.  The universal fit RCT clamps are compatible with over 500 standing seam profiles including t-seams, bulb seams, SnapLok, single lok, double lok, MR-24, etc. Visit our Panel Matrix to see if your seams are compatible

SS VentSaver Mounted With P-383 VentSaver

SS VentSaver Mounted With P-383 VentSaver

The SS VentSaver Plates are easy to install with basic hand tools, made in the USA, and constructed of durable, non-corrosive components.

The SS VentSaver kit includes:

•    SS VentSaver Adjustable Aluminum Plate (19” or 27”)
•    Custom fit Ice Ramp with Edging Strip (19” or 27”)
•    4 RCT clamps, 12 set screws, 4 top bolts/washers
•    3/16” hex/allen bit
•    12 Tek screws.
•    It does not include a Ventsaver.

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5 Things You Should Know About Snow Guards

5 Things You Should Know About Snow Guards

1. There is no such thing as a standard layout for Snow Guards.    The most common cause of failure is insufficient layout.  A proper layout usually consists of multiple staggered rows spaced evenly up the slope, this is the best strategy to control sliding snow and ice.  All projects should begin by obtaining a manufacturer’s layout based on project specific data.  The roof panel type, attachment method, ground snow load, and roof dimensions should all be factored into the calculations.  We provide free layouts at SpacingTool.com.
2. Snow Guards are available for nearly all roof types.   Most metal roofs need snow retention systems, but so do membranes, TPO, shingles, slate, etc.  There are various solutions out there to control sliding snow and ice on all roofs, we have a complete line of solutions to retrofit almost all roof types.
3. Snow guards don’t void metal roof warranties.   A properly installed snow guard system is safe for factory finished metal roof panels.  The special snow guard adhesive we use has been lab and field tested for over 25 years and is proven safe.  The use of adhesives and sealants should not have adverse effects on factory finished metal panels.

4. Snow guards should be mounted in the center of the panel.   The most efficient snow guard system is consisted of guards that mount in the center of the panel.  If there is a minor rib in the center, then we suggest you select a snow guard with a minor rib straddle such as the IceJax I.
5. Exposed fastener screw down panels have 3 attachment options and Standing Seam panels have 2 safe attachment options.  Exposed fastener panels such as the popular 9″ r-panels can be protected with glue down, screw down, or a screw down bracket bar systems.  Hidden fastener Standing Seam panels can be protected with a glue down snow guard system or a bar system mounted with seam clamps.

If you have questions about your roof, call us at 800-766-5291.  One of our design techs will help you determine the best product to solve your problem.

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