Snow guards for roofing are small plastic or metal tabs that are mounted to roofing. These tabs are spaced out in just a way to allow some snow to slide off of a roof, but not so far apart that they allow large sheets of snow from falling at once.
Snow guards are typically used to complete metal roofing projects. Metal roofing is prone to the large snow slides that these guards are designed to prevent. This is likely due to the fact that the metal roofing is so smooth that once it starts heating up, the sheets of snow slide right off.
Types of Snow Guards
There are different types of snow guards – pointed and flat surface guards. Both of these designs come in different sizes. The alternative shapes and sizes make for different levels of ice and snow control. If you live in an area that is prone to heavy snows, you'd do best with flat, wide snow guards as they will catch and hold more snow than the others.
Snow guard installation is really best left to the professionals like Newman Jerry Roofing & Remodeling Inc. in most cases. This is because there are so many factors that come into play during the planning and installation process. The type of roof, the material that it's constructed of, the amount of snow that your area is likely to see and how much weight the roof can handle before damage occurs are all things to be considered during the planning process. If mistakes are made, the roofing snow guards may not be effective, or your roofing could actually become damaged due to too much weight resting on it.
Snow guards shouldn't take away from the appearance of your home. In many cases, the snow guards are made of the same color material as your roofing materials – they may not even really be noticeable from the ground.
There are clear, plastic snow guards for you to consider as well. As long as they are kept clean, they will be virtually invisible from the ground.
If you're looking for an interesting look, the pointed snow guards could be the solution. When the sun hits them and casts shadows, it can look as if you have lots of little sun-dials on the roof.
Talk with your local roofing contractor to learn more about having roofing snow guards installed on your home. Eliminate the risks associated with roofing snow slides – install your roofing snow guards before this winter hits.