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What Are Snow Guards, And Why Do I Need Them?

What Are Snow Guards, And Why Do I Need Them?

Why you need snow guards for metal roofing

For most people, the winter season means snow — some love it, some despise it, but snow is an unavoidable part of winter. If you have a metal roof and live in a snowy area, you should think about installing snow guards on your roof.

What exactly are Snow Guards?

Snow guards are rooftop devices that allow snow and ice to melt completely and drift off your metal roof in small amounts rather than all at once. Your metal roof may be vulnerable to “roof avalanches” if you don’t have snow guards. A roof avalanche is a sudden release of snow and ice that can damage your gutters, lower roof area, skylights, and any other objects or people below your roof.

Do I need Snow Guards?

At Metal Roofing Windsor, we strongly advise installing snow guards for metal roofs if you live in an area prone to snowfall or weighty snowfall. As snow builds, ice dams form, snow gets heavier, and your metal roof could be prone to cave-ins.

Snow guards are intended to protect your roof and the objects beneath it from damage. So, if you’ve ever had ice or snowfall off your roof, damaging your property, the answer is yes — you need snow guards!

How are Metal Roof Snow Guards Installed?

You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and installation guides when installing snow guards. Snow guards are typically installed on a metal roof in two ways: with adhesive or mechanically fastened with a clamp. To avoid unnecessary roof penetrations, our team strongly recommends using the clamp method, torqued to your roof’s specifications.

Snow guards are designed for specific types of metal roofs (Corrugated, Standing Seam, etc.), so you must follow the installation instructions for your metal roof profile.

Need Help?

While installing metal roof snow guards is possible, we don’t recommend it. In Windsor, talk to our experts about how we can install snow guards on your metal roof. Our team will determine the best place for the snow guards and install them accordingly. With our experience, you won’t experience any leaks or faults with our installation. 

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