A Complete Guide to Snow Guards for Metal Roofs
- On November 8, 2021
For most Canadians, heavy snow and cold winters are a normal part of life. The snow, though a nuisance, is relatively harmless. Some people love it, especially children who get to build forts and have snowball fights. However, if you have a metal roof, the snow may suddenly slide off if it accumulates, which may be dangerous. For this reason, you may want to install snow guards. Learn more about what they are and why you need them so you can make an informed decision.
What are Snow Guards?
Snow guards are devices installed on a roof that help snow and ice fall off in a slow and controlled way. This prevents it from coming off all at once in what is referred to as a roof avalanche. Snow guards protect anything surrounding the roof from the damage of the sudden fall, including the gutters, skylights, lower roof areas, and any objects or people below.
Why Do You Need a Metal Roof Snow Guard?
Installing snow guards ensures that the weight of the snow and snow is evenly distributed over the roof as it melts, averting any potential avalanche or roof damage. If you live somewhere that sees heavy snowfall during the winter, snow guards are a must. However, you need to install the right system for your roof, which is why it is important to work with professional roofers.
Where Should You Place the Snow Guards?
To install the snow stops, they need to be placed on the lower half of the roof and arranged in multiple rows or a single line. Snow stops should be placed approximately 1 to 2 feet from the eave where most of the snow piles up. This offers the best protection.
Choosing the Correct Snow Guard System for Your Home
There is no shortage of manufacturers and suppliers of snow guards in Canada. They come in various shapes, sizes, materials, attachment methods, colour options, and designs. The key is to remember that their primary purpose is to retain and hold the snow and ice, allowing for a controlled and systematic evacuation of snow from the roof. Your contractor will be able to share with you the snow guards best suited for their product and method of installation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Snow Guards
How Far Apart Do You Put Snow Guards?
Place two evenly spaced snow guards in a staggered pattern across the roof, starting about 6 inches above the bottom edge. Move up about 8 feet and continue placing the snow stops in the same staggered pattern. If in doubt, speak with your contractor about having them install them professionally.
Do Snow Guards Cause Ice Dams?
No, they do not cause ice dams. Ice dams occur when snow and ice melt during the day then refreeze as the temperatures fall at night. This is common in older homes that do not have proper insulation and allow the heat to escape and melt the snow. This leads to the snow refreezing at the drip edge and water backing up to the roof. Fortunately, good insulation in most modern homes has eliminated this problem.
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