SnoBlox-SnoJax offers a complete line of snow retention solutions for nearly all roof types. These systems are designed to prevent the sliding of snow and ice and prevent damage. Snoblox-Snojax was the pioneer in the industry of polycarbonate snowguards, having developed the world’s first one in 1976.
Snow Guard – A Winter Climate Necessity
For homes and businesses located in cold winter climates, snow safety is a crucial aspect of construction. When snow accumulates on roofs it can pose a risk to vent pipes, gutters, deck railings, pedestrians, vehicles and HVAC equipment.
Shingled roofs are often capable of stopping the avalanching effect. However, metal roofs do not have the same rough texture. This causes snow to simply slide quickly from the roof to the ground below. This can sometimes happen unexpectedly, posing an even greater risk to those below.
Snow guards are designed to hold snow in place on the roof. This allows the snow to melt gradually. When snow can be kept in place this way, it decreases the chance of the avalanching snow causing damage or injuries.
Snow guards are known by many names. Snow birds, snow stops, and even snow cleats are just a few of the terms used to describe this innovative device that can make homes a safer place during the winter.
Differences In Snow Guards
There are a few different types of snow guards. These are generally known as snow retention systems.
Pad Style- This type of snow retention is comprised of individually mounted guards typically made of metal or polycarbonate. There are various designs to fit different panel types. These components are about 2-3” tall. The size of the components used will be based on the expected ground snow load rating for the project location. There is also a Snowbreaker style made of polycarbonate that is used to break up the snow and ice while still allowing it to slide off the roof. These are commonly used over doorways or on solar panels.
Snow Rail/Bar System- Snow rails are often used in areas where very heavy loads of snow are expected. Rail and bar systems are designed to have a clean, low profile look once installed. They can also be color matched to help them blend into the roof system.
Snow rails are often used on commercial metal roofs. These larger structures need a snow retention system that will ensure a snow avalanche does not endanger people passing below.
Snow Guards Intended Use
Snow guards are recommended for anyone with a metal roof living in a climate that expects a good amount of snowfall each year. This product is an important addition to your metal roof. This product can decrease the chances of damage or injuries on a property during the winter months.
Other Ways To Prevent Winter Damage or Injuries
In addition to the use of snow guards, there are other ways to help prevent damage to property or injuries to people during the winter months.
Snow and ice removal- Snow and ice removal from areas where foot traffic is expected is a necessary chore during the winter months. This can greatly reduce the instances of injuries on the property.
Winterization- Winterizing a property for the upcoming winter is another important step that can be taken to prevent property damage. Extreme winter temperatures can cause pipes to burst, causing flooding. This type of property damage can be complicated and expensive to repair.
Dead limb removal- It is also important that dead limbs are removed before heavy frost and snow begin to accumulate. Dead limbs on trees can fall suddenly, causing damage to property and can cause injuries to people or animals passing below.
SnoBlox-SnoJax brings innovative snow retention systems to homeowners and business owners. These products can help prevent injuries, damage, and liability during the winter months.