What Makes Our Solar Tile Hooks Unique?

What Makes Our Solar Tile Hook Unique?

No hassle is bigger for an installer than finding out you have to re-cut tile because it won’t line up. With TRA Snow and Sun Solar Tile Hook, there’s no cutting required, saving you time on your project. Our Solar Tile Hooks are available for low, medium, and high profile tile roofs, and are adjustable up to six inches for easy layout for secure attachment to the structural member of the roof. With our unlimited FREE engineered layout on all your projects, we guarantee our high quality extruded aluminum Solar Tile Hook is made of the highest quality for superior strength.

Our high-quality material extruded aluminum and divert the mount around the tile instead of going directly through the tile, which decreases install time, and doesn’t compromise the strength or coverage of the customer’s tile. The wide base of the hook makes the mount very easy to adjust. The new tile hook allowed for fast and easy installation. It also helps increase the longevity of our micro-inverters. *Also available in black anodized.

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How Will The Solar Tile Hook Benefit Me As An Installer?

Tile Mount Hook3We offer a plethora of installation materials and resources to make experience as simple as plan, purchase and install.

TRA’s cutting-edge tile Hooks are:

  –  made of corrosion-resistant extruded aluminum

  –  quick and easy to install

  –  require no cutting

  –  require no special flashing

Solar hooks must be fastened to structural members of the roof, such as rafters, purlins or trusses, and in order for tile pans to line up in the correct locations, are adjustable up to six inches to the left or right.

A Stronger Foundation

Your solar energy system is only as strong as the mounting structure on which it’s built. We guarantee top-of-the-line products, accessories, and fastening systems. Every component is reliable and built to last. Click here to contact us for an estimate and to begin your Solar Tile Hook plan today!

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                                                                                                             Works With Our New Rail Solar Plus!

Solar Tile Hook

  • Available for flat, mid and high profile
  • Adjustable for secure attachment to the structural member of the roof
  • Corrosion-resistant materials
  • Quick and easy to mount
  • Decrease Labor– No cutting of the tile required
  • Requires no special flashing

Materials/Finishes

  • 6005A-T6 Aluminum / 6005A-T5 Aluminum
  • Mill finish
  • Black Anodized (upon request)

Testing

Solar Tile Hook has been tested from the fail point of the system.

WE DO CUSTOM SOLAR MOUNTING

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and layout each project free of charge using many factors specific to your project. We then provide you with; rail spans, max loads on components, wind parameters, solar panel geometry, force per foot on rail and panels, a schematic of the module field, the wind speed, shipping weight, and project details. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient solar mounting system.

We can design your awning to work with a variety of application. Just give us your project details & we will design your Mounting Solution to fit your project. For more information call Gary Heslington at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, ben@trasnowadsun.com, or visit: https://trasnowandsun.com/solar-mounting/

We’re Here at Western Roofing Expo, Booth #143

June 11- 13, 2017

Paris Las Vegas

Join us at the Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We will be there at Booth 143.

Stop by, meet some of our TRA team Monday from 1 PM – 6 PM & Tuesday from 1 PM – 5:30 PM.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM FACE TO FACE.  WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

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We’re excited to see you at WRE and share with you the new snow retention and solar mounting products and ideas TRA is working on!

If you have questions about what type of snow retention system or solar mounting system would be best for any roofing situation,

please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

FREE PASS! Attend the Western Roofing Expo 2017 for FREE! Swing by to see TRA Snow & Sun at Booth #143 Pick up your badge at ‘Will Call’ by REGISTERING ONLINE, or download the free trade show pass and register on-site. See you in Las Vegas!

For more information on Western Roofing Expo 2017, please visit wsrca.com.

Solar Awning the Shadow Power of TRA

 

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Solar Awning the Shadow Power of TRA

Energy savings no matter how you look at it!  TRA has the solution.  It’s called a solar shadow power awning system.

There’s no shortage of motives why homeowners and business owners might pursue renewable power – decreasing your electricity bill, earning a point towards a green building certification, slashing your carbon footprint, or creating a public statement about your environmental commitment.

Among the renewable energy options available, solar is perhaps the most comfortable, reliable and trusted. Solar power is a proven technology with consistent performance and a quantifiable payback on your ROI. Though rooftop solar mounting is most the common option, it isn’t always the best fit for small buildings.

TRA Snow and Sun’s shadow power awning systems aim to provide professional installers with a simple, easy to install mounting system for solar panels on any vertical structure.

The Benefits of the Shadow Power Awning Systems are:

  • Save time and money with a free pre-engineered design
  • Add additional kWs of PV to a building with limited roof space
  • Provide shade while generating electricity (reduces cooling loads in the summer)
  • Uses optimized structural aluminum components
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TRA Shadow Power Awning Mount System attached vertically to a business wall structure.

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The Shadow Power Solar Awning Solution

  • Reduced Availability of Roof Space. With the increased knowledge and enforcement of fire codes and the associated reduced availability of roof space to mount solar panels, it has become necessary to find other options for mounting PV systems to buildings. One solution is a custom shadow power solar awning system.
  • Non-vertical Solar Awnings generate more energy than flush mounted systems. Non-vertical awnings provide cooler cell temperatures due to ample air flow beneath the modules.
  • Solar Awnings reduce energy use. Additionally, when mounted to the South and West sides of a building, the shade from the awning keeps the building cooler, effectively reducing air conditioning loads during long hot summer days.
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Shadow Power Solar Awning

Materials/Finishes

• 6063-T5 Aluminum
• Mill finish
• Black Anodized (upon request)

Custom Designs and Free Engineering

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and layout each project free of charge using many factors specific to your project. We then provide you with; rail spans, max loads on components, wind parameters, solar panel geometry, force per foot on rail and panels, a schematic of the module field, the wind speed, shipping weight, and project details. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient solar mounting system.

We can design your awning to work with a variety of application. Just give us your project details and we will design your Awning Mounting Solution to fit your project.

Join Us at Western Roofing Expo, Booth 143

June 11- 13, 2017

Paris Las Vegas

Join us at the Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We will be there at Booth 143.

Stop by, meet some of our TRA team Monday from 1 PM – 6 PM & Tuesday from 1 PM – 5:30 PM.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM FACE TO FACE.  WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

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We’re excited to see you at WRE and share with you the new snow retention and solar mounting products and ideas TRA is working on!

If you have questions about what type of solar mounting would be best for any roofing situation please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

If you have questions about what type of snow retention system would be best for your roofing situation please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

For more information on Western Roofing Expo 2017, please visit wsrca.com.

Winter Roof Damage: How to Perform a Roof Inspection

The Signs That You Should Install Snow Retention

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Winter has slowly faded into Spring, but as the snow and ice have melted off your roof, there might be some signs telling you the need for snow retention:

Did you hear loud noises coming from your roof early spring season? This can be a sign that snow is sliding. Beware the next time you open the door to go outside especially if your door opens where snow falls. Deaths have occurred when snow slippage is imminent and someone slams a door. Just the vibration creates an avalanche.

Did you notice large pieces of ice and/or snow coming off in big chunks?

Are pieces of your gutter coming off and during the winter, has there been ice build-up at the eave? Ice is a heavy and powerful factor in gutters becoming disconnected from the structure.

Are there high spots of snow and ice piled at the eave line on the ground? This might mean that snow or ice has come off that place during the winter.

Check Your Roof For Winter Damage

As the snow melts off of your roof, it can be nerve-wracking to make the first trip up to the top of your house to assess the damage. With snow and ice sliding on and pulling at your roof all winter, there aren’t many homes that make it into the spring time unscathed.

Throughout the winter time, you may notice large icicles forming at the edge of your roof or you may even see sheets of snow hanging off of your roof. The pressure that this snow and ice puts on your roof throughout the winter time can be extremely damaging.

First, you should figure out when you are going to inspect your roof. It’s a good idea to check your roof two times a year to repair the natural wear and tear that weather brings.

Second, once you get up on your roof you should make sure that you know what to look for based on the material that is used for your roof. When looking for damage, you’ll want to look for different things depending on the type of roof you have. For example, if you have an asphalt roof, you’ll want to check the gutters for buildup of small, sandy granules indicating that the shingles are wearing down. If you have wooden shingles, check to see if they’re warping or rotting. If you have slate, clay tile, or cement tiles it is important that you inspect them to find any ice damage, broken tiles, chipped tiles, or missing pieces. Be sure to use proper safety equipment while performing this inspection.

Third, be sure to check flashings where pipes come through the roof to be sure they are in good shape. Look at rubber boots around penetrations that might be cracking and roof mastic that has cracked and hardened. Valleys, hips and roof-to-wall junctions also have flashings that should be checked. These are common locations for leaks and relatively inexpensive and easy to fix.

Fourth, if you find that a third of your roof is damaged, it’s probably time to call a professional. You want to make sure that your roof is in good working order year round to ensure it is always there to protect you and your home. Roof consultants are also available to inspect your roof. They know the code requirements and best roofing practices to ensure a proper inspection.

If Snow Retention Is Needed, WE CAN HELP…

TRA snow retention systems are available for all types of roofs and come in a variety of options. The specific snow retention equipment recommended for your roof will depend on the type of roof system installed, the pitch of the roof, snow load, sheathing type, how old the building is and budget.

Our snow fences, brackets, and clamp-ons are all types of snow retention systems that prevent large sheets of snow or ice from falling off a pitched roof. The systems hold the snow on the roof so it can gradually melt off, preventing damage to people and objects below.

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and layout each project free of charge using the unique factors specific to your project. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient snow retention system. We can design your roof to work with a variety of applications. Just give us your project details & we will design your Snow Retention System to fit your project. For more information, call TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980 or email at info@trasnowandsun.com.

                               

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Universal Solar Tile Hook made to Fit Most Rails

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What Makes Our Universal Solar Tile Hook Unique?

With TRA Snow and Sun Universal Solar Tile Hook, there’s no cutting required, saving you time on your project. No hassle is bigger for an installer than finding out you have to re-cut tile because it won’t line up. Our unique wide base of the hook makes the mount very easy to adjust. The Universal Solar Tile Hook allows for fast and easy installation and now available for low, medium, and high profile tile roofs, and are adjustable up to six inches for easy layout for secure attachment to the structural member of the roof. With our unlimited FREE engineered layout on all your projects, we guarantee our high-quality extruded aluminum Solar Tile Hooks are made of the highest quality for superior strength.


How Will The Universal Solar Tile Hook Benefit Me As An Installer?

Your solar energy system is only as strong as the mounting structure on which it’s built. We guarantee top-of-the-line products, accessories, and fastening systems. Every component is reliable and built to last. All types of Solar Tile Hooks must be fastened to structural members of the roof, such as rafters, purlins or trusses, and in order for tile pans to line up in the correct locations, are adjustable up to six inches to the left or right. Click here to contact us for an estimate and to begin your Universal Solar Tile Hook plan today!

Universal Solar Tile Hook

Universal Solar Tile Hook 

–   Available for flat, mid and high profile

–   Adjustable for secure attachment to the structural member of the roof

–   Corrosion-resistant materials

–   Quick and easy to mount

  Decrease Labor– No cutting of the tile required

–   Increase the longevity of our micro-inverters

Materials/Finishes

–   6005A-T6 Aluminum / 6005A-T5 Aluminum

–   Mill finish

–   Black Anodized (upon request)

Testing

Universal Solar Tile Hook has been tested from the fail point of the system.

WE DO CUSTOM SOLAR MOUNTING

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and layout each project free of charge using many factors specific to your project. We then provide you with; rail spans, max loads on components, wind parameters, solar panel geometry, force per foot on rail and panels, a schematic of the module field, the wind speed, shipping weight, and project details. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient solar mounting system.

We can design your awning to work with a variety of application. Just give us your project details & we will design your Mounting Solution to fit your project. For more information contact Gary Heslington at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, gary@trasnowadsun.com, or visit: https://trasnowandsun.com/solar-mounting/

VersaFlash Flashing A Roofing Necessity

VersaFlash Flashing A Roofing Necessity

TRA Snow and Sun has something that every roofer needs: Flashing. It’s a must-have for all roofers. We call it the “roofer’s duct tape”.

The primary reason any type of roofing exists is to provide a protective layer to maintain a barrier between the interior of a building and the weather. How this is accomplished can take many different forms.  When it comes to flashing, there’s nothing proven to work better than TRA Snow and Sun’s flexible aluminum or copper flashing. It adheres to the wall or other roofing structure or tile, is extremely flexible, and adds a professional finish to all roofing projects while being extremely effective at sealing out water and preventing leaks.

VersaFlash and TileSeal are flexible rolled flashing that attach to the surface of the roof with butyl adhesive. Our flashing works like magic for many roofs especially around hard to flash areas! VersaFlash and TileSeal are extremely easy to use on the work site. You can use it in areas like around roof-to-wall abutments, around chimneys and pretty much everywhere else.  Plus, it’s competitively priced.

Simply put, TRA Snow & Sun flashing is easy to use, flexible and will save you time and money without sacrificing an inch in quality. There are many reasons you’ll love our Aluminum and Copper VersaFlash and TileSeal Flashing — but once you choose it, you’ll never roof without it again.

TRA Snow and Sun is your number one source for solar mounting, snow retention, flexible ventilation, and flashing material. We offer competitive prices and guarantee our products. Try a FREE SAMPLE of our VersaFlash! Give us a call today at 877-290-8669 for more details, and check out all of our flashing products at trasnowandsun.com.

 

Meet Us at International Roofing Expo, Booth 2469

March 1-3, 2017

Mandalay Bay Convention Resort

Join us at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas! We will be there at Booth 2469.

Stop by, meet some of our TRA team Wednesday from 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday from 11 AM – 5 PM & Friday from 11 AM – 3 PM.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM FACE TO FACE.  WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

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We’re excited to see you at IRE and share with you the new snow retention and solar mounting products and ideas TRA is working on!

If you have questions about what type of solar mounting would be best for any roofing situation please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

If you have questions about what type of snow retention system would be best for your roofing situation please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

For more information on International Roofing Expo 2017, please visit https://theroofingexpo.com.

When Does Your Roof Need Snow Retention?

Are you hearing loud noises coming from your roof?

This can be a sign that snow is sliding.  Beware the next time you open the door to go outside especially if your door opens where snow falls.  Deaths have occurred when snow slippage is imminent and someone slams a door.  Just the vibration creates an avalanche.

Are you noticing large pieces of ice and/or snow coming off in big chunks?

Are pieces of your gutter coming off with ice at the eave?  Ice is a heavy and powerful factor in gutters becoming disconnected from the structure.

Are there high spots of snow and ice piled at the eave line on the ground?  This might mean that snow or ice has come off that place during the winter.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, continue reading.

People die due to snow and ice sliding off roofs. This is extremely tragic and often avoidable. Use roof snow retention for these reasons:

  1.  Damage/Injury – People and property can be struck by snow and ice falling from the roof. Property damage and injuries, even deaths can occur when snow is not properly retained on a roof.
  2.  Limited Access – Entrances to buildings can be blocked by snow and ice that falls from a roof.
  3.  Roof Damage – When snow and ice masses slide off a roof, costly damage occurs.

It is especially important to install snow retention above:

  • entryways
  • walkways
  • gathering spots
  • parking lots
  • drive-through areas
  • expensive landscaping
  • ground mounted mechanical
  • roof protrusions such as plumbing vents

Can Your Building Support the Weight of Snow Retention?

You might wonder if your roof can support the weight of snow and ice staying on the roof. If your home is less than 40 years old, the answer is probably yes.

During the 1970-80’s, most states adopted building codes that required structures to support the weight of the building materials (dead load) and the weight of the snow, ice, water, people, etc. (live load). By the year 2000, international building codes were universally adopted with similar standards. So, if the structure was built post 1975, you are unlikely to have any structural problems when keeping snow on the roof (it also helps insulate your roof, saving heating costs!).

 

Could An Urban Roof Avalanche Affect You?

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In the next couple of days, a wintry mix could make things dicey on the mountains and even in your neighborhoods. That’s why avalanche forecasters are urging caution. Nicole Vowell reports from KSL Channel 5 New.

 

 

To help avoid such avalanche conditions there are several factors that one must evaluate when determining if a particular building requires a snow retention system.

The first question you should pose is “What would happen if snow slides off the roof?”

The second question is “Do we care?”

When snow slides off of a roofing surface, it can come crashing down or slide off and then piles up on whatever is below the edge of the roof. Snow retention is frequently used to protect landscaping around the perimeter of the building, to protect guttering systems around the edge of the roof, and to keep snow from piling either on a lower roof level or decks, sidewalks and at garage entrances. If nothing below the roof can be damaged by this avalanche of snow and ice, it may be best to let the snow and ice slide off unhindered.

However, what if what is below the roof could be damaged?

WHY SNOW RETENTION IS NEEDED

During the winter months, as snow accumulates on your home, gravity will begin to pull it down the slope of your roof. There are many reasons this can be harmful to your home or even dangerous. In worst structural cases, this can lead to damage to costly gutter systems, structural damage to lower roof levels, and even destruction of mature landscaping around the perimeter of a home.

Low-slope roofs with parapet walls naturally keep snow and ice on the roof. On a sloped roof, however, large chunks of snow and ice can slide off as the snow melts. Avalanching snow is probable on roofing systems with a steep enough slope and/or a low coefficient of friction. This is especially dangerous for pedestrians walking below.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SNOW RETENTION SYSTEM

There are many types of roofing materials, each has advantages and disadvantages and each should be considered when determining the placement of snow retention on the building.

When considering whether to install a snow retention system on your roof, you may first want to consider what type of roof you have. Will your roof allow snow to slide? Probably.  In places with heavy snows, like areas in Utah, it is common for snow to slide off of all types of roof systems, leading to heavy ice and snow build up in gutters, which causes damage over time. If you have a metal, tile, slate or membrane roof with a pitch of 1/12 or greater, snow will definitely slide off and cause problems.

WE CAN HELP…

TRA snow retention systems are available for all types of roofs and come in a variety of options. The specific snow retention equipment recommended for your roof will depend on the type of roof system installed, the pitch of the roof, snow load, sheathing type, how old the building is and budget.

Our snow fences, brackets, and clamps are all types of snow retention systems that prevent large sheets of snow or ice from falling off a pitched roof. The systems hold the snow on the roof so it can gradually melt off, preventing damage to people and objects below.

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and layout each project free of charge using the unique factors specific to your project. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient snow retention system. We can design your roof to work with a variety of applications. Just give us your project details & we will design your Snow Retention System to fit your project. For more information, call Ben Anderson at TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980, ben@trasnowadsun.com, or visit: www.trasnowandsun.com                                                                                                           

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas and We Wish You Safety!

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TRA Snow and Sun cares about you.

As a roofing consultant and as a roofing contractor, company founder and president, Terry Anderson, had seen first hand the heartache caused by ice and snow sliding off a roof, sometimes killing people below. He searched all over the world for better ways to prevent such tragedies way back in the early 1990’s.  You can read more about the founding of our company here.

Protecting you has been the goal of both Terry and me from the moment the very first Snow Bracket A was conceptualized.  We are extremely serious about this causing TRA Snow and Sun to always engineer our systems so they don’t fail.

Christmas comes this week and we wish you the happiest of holidays and joyous celebrations even as the US is experiencing the “polar vortex” and the frightening drops in temperature all over the country.  We know from experience what’s coming.  We look outside our window and see frozen everything. It’s inescapable and so are the consequences.

Along with the many best wishes for a happy holiday season,

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WE WISH YOU SAFETY!

  • Be careful when you take those lights down in a few weeks.
  • Be wary of gutters that might be slipping away from the eave (caused by ice damming on the roof).
  • Don’t get up on your roof unless absolutely necessary when snow and ice are present, or even frost.
  • Be careful when you slam a door as you exit your house if you don’t have snow retention on your roof!

You and your family are far more important than any task when it’s dangerous out there.  TRA Snow and Sun cares!

                                           We wish you a Merry Christmas!  

                                          We wish you a Happy Hanukkah!

                                             We wish you Happy Holidays!

                                              And we also Wish You Safety!

 

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If so, we can help.

 

Let us help you when you need to protect from falling snow and ice.  Our engineered layouts are always FREE and so is our assistance designing your snow retention system.  Call us at 855-542-1861.

 

Why is Metal Snow Retention Better Than Plastic?

Every once in a while a customer will ask us why they should purchase our metal snow retention rather than the plastic ones they see. We typically don’t like plastic snow guards for many reasons.

The first reason is because of the type of adhesive used to attach plastic snow guards. Through our testing, we have found that failure exists when freeze-thaw temperature is introduced to the adhesive.
The second reason, they crack and deteriorate when continuously exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV). See the images below.
 
The third reason, manufacturers don’t warranty failure when the plastic snow guards pull apart from the adhesive.
From all of these reasons this why metal snow retention is a much wiser choice!

 

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TRA Metal Clamp-On vs Plastic Guards

 

Most plastics eventually become brittle when exposed to the sun.

Because of its tough nature, metal can withstand the sun’s destructive UV rays. Over time plastic will crack and deteriorate when continuously exposed to the sun.

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Cracked, Brittle and Broken “Plastic Snow Guards”

 

TRA’s metal snow retention systems are attached securely using a variety of durable and strong mechanical methods.

Unlike metal, plastic snow guards are usually attached to a roof using caulking, which is likely to fail for the following reasons:

  • If the roof is dirty or wet when installing this makes the adhesive not adhere properly. When have you ever seen a truly clean roof?
  • More common than not snow guards are installed at temperatures below 40 degrees.
  • Caulking cure time can be more than 30 days above 40 degrees.
  •  Over time plastic will crack & deteriorate when continuously exposed to the sun UV.

 

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TRA C21Z Clamp-On with Ice Flags 

 

Unlike plastic, metal lasts.

Plastic snow retention manufacturers generally do not warranty the attachment just plastic snow guard. If a plastic snow guard fails, the architect or contractor becomes liable for the damage to property /or human life.

Next time you are near a roof with plastic snow guards, see if any are missing and let us know!

We recommend only metal snow retention because we know it can properly protect those in and around your home. For extra protection, we engineer from the sheathing up with the fastener and provide a warranty on the entire snow retention system. Before installation, we engineer a specific layout to see that the system is exactly what you need for your specific location and weather. Contact us with any of your project details and we’ll provide you with the best snow defense system that’ll get you ready for winter.