As the cold weather steps in, the problem of how to stop snow from sliding off metal roof becomes relevant for many homeowners. Large snow masses on roof structures do look fabulous, but they pose a great threat to passers-by and to the building itself. The spring thaw results into the thick ice with a high density. To reduce the risk of property damage and personal injury from falling ice and snow, many equip roof slopes with snow retainers.
How to stop snow from sliding off metal roof?
Why the roof needs snow retainers?
First, snow retainers serve to stop snow and guarantee the safety, reduce the chance of deflection or deformation of the roof and prevent the uncontrolled fall of snow masses. One also should not underestimate possible injuries from avalanche-like descent of snow from the roof. The installation of snow retainers allows for immediate cutting of snow layers into smaller parts, thereby reducing the kinetic energy of snow masses. As a result, the large chunks are turned into small fragments and do not constitute any risk to people or landscape. Installed snow stopping elements simplify roof maintenance and eliminate the need to clean the roof in winter.
What kind of snow guards work best?
Tubular type proved to me the most efficient snow stoppers. They consist of tubes with a diameter of about 1 inch. The installation process is pretty simple and straight-forward: the pipes are installed in two rows along the ramp, so that a barrier is formed that divides the snow mass into plates-looking fragments. As a result, chopped snow falls to the ground in small portions that are not dangerous.
The construction consists of several pipes installed parallel along the roof using the brackets with holes of the corresponding diameter. In the process of installation the specialists use holding devices and roofing screws. Installation is carried out using weather-resistant rubber gaskets, all elements are fastened with bolts and plates designed for metal roofing. You should not fasten the snow device only to one sheet without fixing it to the crate, the snow retainer will simply tear off.
In some cases, it is possible to install snow guards not along the entire perimeter of the roof, but in certain places: above entrances, parking, a terrace and over attic windows
Snow holders are necessary on the roof of any building, despite the style and location. Installation of an additional element will allow your roof to maintain its strength and reliability and will also help ensure the safety of others.
When choosing the right design, make sure you carefully study what it is made of. Whatever type of snow retainer you choose, it is not necessary to install snow stoppers around the entire perimeter, sometimes they can only be secured in the certain areas of the roof. It is enough to simply install them in the most dangerous spots and this will ensure the effective functioning of these additional elements and at the same time save money spent on roofing equipment.
Be careful when making a decision, consult with specialists. Roof Experts are happy to help you pick and install the snow guards for metal roofs.