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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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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.

 

Featured Spotlight “Snow Retention – D Bracket”

 Snow Bracket D

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A question once asked – On the roofs of many houses, along the eave, there are…best as I can describe it… shaped thingies. I’ve seen others that look octagonal and yet others that are round. I’ve seen them on steep roofs and not-so-steep roofs. My bank even has them. They look great, but do they do anything? 

The answer is yes. What you’re talking about are called snow guards for retaining snow on the roof. When snow and ice accumulate on the roof, they are pulled by gravity and want to slide down the slope of the roof. A well-designed snow retention system is intended to hold the snow on the roof so that it can melt in place.

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and manufacture over 54+ variations of snow guards, and always welcome custom pieces made just for your roofing project. Yes, 54 may seem a lot, right? And your right it is, and here’s why – every roof design can be complex and is different from material, slope, shape, size, pitch, valleys, etc.., and ground snow loads vary significantly from one area to another. This is why we make several different engineered (from the fail point of the system) snow guards tailored to each unique roof designs for every roof type, new or existing, and in many styles that differ in form and function.

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Our first featured spotlight for this month is our unique Snow Guard Bracket D. The Snow Bracket™ D, a permanent snow retention system that is aesthetically pleasing on asphalt shingle roofs. Choose between a vast array of painted powdered colors, available in standard mill finish of steel, copper or aluminum. The Snow Guard Bracket D fastens to roof sheathing to any new construction of an asphalt shingled roof.

Asphalt shingle roofs very common in the United States and it is important you have a Snow Bracket™ that fits the roof type you are installing the product one.

  Snow Bracket™ D

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Dimensions

Length: 10″
Width: 1 3/16″
Height: 3″

Materials

• Steel : 16 ga (ASTM A879)
• Copper : 48 oz (ASTM B152)
• Aluminum : .063″ (H32-ASTM B209)

Colors/Finishes

• Electro-galvanized (Paintlock*) steel
• Hot-dipped galvanized steel
• Mill finish Aluminum
• Mill finish Copper
• Powder coating available in many Colors

*We can provide Paintlock brackets unpainted BUT they must be painted before installing or rusting will occur. Also, available with attachments see images to the left with Maple & Sunburst.

Custom Designs and Engineering

At TRA Snow and Sun, we engineer and lay out each project free of charge using many factors specific to your roof. We then provide you with the snow retention plan, layout and product detail. TRA Snow and Sun representatives will work with you to design the most efficient snow retention system. Fill out our Snow Retention Checklist to get started.

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All Snow Brackets have been tested from the fail point of the system.

Retro-fit Snow Retention. What to do?

One of my older relatives used to say, when confronted with a dilemma, “What to do, what to do….”  It made me chuckle!

But, this phrase describes a dilemma for people confronted with snow and ice avalanching off their already installed roof.  They want to keep the snow up there

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rather than down there

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but what is the best solution?

First of all, retrofit is similar as well as different from new construction.  Basic questions need to be answered for new and retrofit construction.

  • What is the slope?
  • What is the snowload in the area?
  • What type of roofing product is being used?
  • What type of sheathing is under the roofing material?

For retrofit, snow retention installers don’t have the luxury of applying the snow retention devices as the roofing material is installed in a new project.  This is when “What to do, what to do…” might be heard under their breath!

How do you keep snow and ice from falling off while also maintaining a water-tight system when the roofing is already on the roof?  How hard is it to do this?

Contractors need a simple and effective solution.

For asphalt shingles, simulated shake, and other similar roofs, using TRA’s H Snow Bracket, there is no need to pull back the headlap to install a device. Butyl or caulking can be applied on the surface of the roofing product, then the bracket is installed directly into the sheathing using screws.  A clip is then placed over the screws.

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Snow Bracket H

Easy.  Effective.

The reason this system will work on retrofit is because TRA’s engineering is done using the specific factors as mentioned above.  When installed using the engineered layout, the roof will now hold back the snow and ice that would have fallen off, damaging people or property below.

At TRA Snow and Sun, we help you find an Engineered Solution.  Call us for a free layout, provided within 2 working days.

Snow Bracket H

Designed for most roof types

Available with or without fastener cover clip

Can be powder-coated to match roofing material

Available in 16 g steel, 48 oz copper, 26 g Cor-Ten, 16 ga stainless steel, .063″ aluminum

Finishes – Electro-galvanized, hot-dipped galvanized, mill finish aluminum, copper or Cor-Ten

Power-coating available in many colors.

OSHA, Silica Dust and the Roofing Contractor

 

 

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TRA Snow and Sun makes products specifically designed to help with solar mounting and flashing needs on tile roofs and we are always concerned about safety for building owners and the roofing contractors who install our products.

Recently a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a “final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.” This new ruling will impact all contractors who cut tile roofing products.

Silica is a natural mineral present in large amounts in many construction materials like concrete roof tiles manufactured in the US by companies. It is broken into very fine dust (also known as Respirable Crystalline Silica or RCS) during common tasks such as cutting for valleys, hips, and when installing solar mounting.

Regularly breathing in this dust can cause serious lung disease like silicosis and lung cancer. Hundreds of deaths have been associated with silica dust absorbed into the body in this way.

OSHA’s new standards, taking effect June 23, 2016 (with a one year implantation requirement for construction work), will require roofers to either use water or ventilation to manage dust or provide respirators in high exposure areas: The Key Provisions of the ruling:

“Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.

Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.”

TRA Snow and Sun supports efforts to protect the health of roofers, however, using a wet saw on a roof means other risks including danger from hoses on the work surface and slip and fall hazards caused by water. For this reason, we support testing and respirators instead and a further review by OSHA.

For more information on this issue visit the National Roofing Contractors’ Association press release on this ruling.

Remember, also, that we make solar tile mounts that are installed WITHOUT CUTTING tiles. (See more about that here.)

Should Your Building Have Snow Retention Devices?

The Tell-Tale Signs in Spring That You Should Install Snow Retention

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The winter is slowly fading into Spring, but as the snow and ice melts off your roof, there might be some signs that you need snow retention:

Are you noticing large pieces coming off in big chunks?

Do you hear it slipping? (This can be pretty loud and frightening when it happens unexpectedly!)

Are pieces of your gutter coming off due to ice tearing it off as it slipped off your roof?

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.

Damage from Slidding Snow & Ice

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!).

Why It’s Important to be UL Laboratory Certified on Solar Mounting

Why is it important to be UL laboratory certified on solar mounting

As electricity gained popularity in the late 1800s, it became clear that advanced help would be needed to help maintain safety needs for consumers and contractors alike. Because of this need, UL and other such companies were created to help regulate safety. Take a look at what these regulations mean for consumers, and how you can be sure products you invest in are safe.

What Does UL Certification Mean?

First established in 1894, the UL, also known as Underwriters Laboratories, was born as a result of safety consulting needs. As new technologies were born, new safety measures were needed as previously non-existent problems came to light. With technological advances, safety advances were made as well with the help of the UL. Through the UL, companies were able to be:

  • tested
  • inspected
  • audited
  • advised
  • trained
  • validated
  • certified

All these were provided on a safety level. Everyone from service companies to consumers can be influenced by UL in this way. As electrical technology continues to move full speed ahead, UL will continue to ensure these improvements are safe for all involved. From protecting your home to protecting the contractors who install new technology in your home, UL ensures safety for everyone.

While there are a few different companies that are approved through OSHA to administer these tests, years of experience has established UL as one of the best.

UL Standards

You may not ever realize how much your life is influenced by products which have been tested for safety by UL. For companies that are UL laboratory certified, they must follow safety standards under these categories:

  • Electrical and electronic products
  • Building products
  • Safety standards
  • Industrial control equipment
  • Plastic material
  • Wire and cable

Why to Choose a UL certified company

Technology is rapidly changing. As this technology advances, it’s important to invest in products that meet certain safety requirements. Organizations such as UL ensure technology companies are inspected, tested, certified, and advise those that may not meet the requirements.

Solar energy is just one of many industries served by UL. When choosing the right solar mounting company to fit your needs, finding one that is UL laboratory certified is imperative.

The solar energy industry isn’t new, but it is rapidly progressing. Whether you are investing in solar technology for your home or business, be sure the company you use is certified. This will help you avoid a potentially dangerous install, saving you over the life of your system.

TRA Snow and Sun recently received UL Listing for our photovoltaic flush mount system. This is a benefit to all solar integrators because UL listing certifies that the system is grounded on a 25 Amp capacity.  All purchasers of our flush mount system will now receive an installation manual containing instructions on installing to achieve grounding.

Special thanks to our engineers, marketing and production department for their dedicated efforts to create a grounded system!

Staying Safe and Warm During this Record Breaking Winter

This year has seen a number of records shattered as temperatures across the nation have plummeted to unforeseen lows.  With this consistent cold weather in places that are not used to seeing such low temperatures, as residence of Atlanta can attest, it becomes important for all individuals and families to know how to keep both safe and warm during the last few weeks (hopefully) of winter.

First, a person must secure their home from the cold.  The home offers the best protection from the cold for families and individuals and for this reason, looking after the condition and state of the home is vital for safety and warmth in the winter.  To secure the home, consider a few of the following tips:

  • Shut off irrigation water and insulate pipes in the home to avoid freezing and damage
  • Cover vents around the foundation of the home
  • Bolster insulation to the attic (as heat from the home will rise and escape through the attic)
  • Use weather stripping around doors and windows to limit heat loss
  • Upgrade glass windows to the more durable products that retain insulation

Next, after securing the home, an individual and a family can take further precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of the winter.  Some suggestions include:

  • Dressing warmly by layering clothing
  • Winterizing the family car with snow tires and with fluids designed for cold weather use
  • Compile and maintain a survival kit for the home in the case of extended power outage or bitter weather that keeps the family indoors for extended periods of time.

Those families and individuals that follow these suggestions for cold weather living will be able to be kept safe and warm even through the hardest of winters.

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Roofing Safety Tips

For all of those homeowners thinking about climbing onto your roof to get some work done, don’t head up there just yet until you’ve reviewed a few important safety tips. Many have been hurt and several have received fatal injuries when they disregarded the fundamentals of roof safety. Stay safe on your roof this weekend by following these four safety tips.

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It may seem inconvenient. You might be up there for just a few minutes. The roof could be dry. You may have the stickiest boots on the market. You have probably done it a thousand times. That doesn’t mean that nothing can happen this time.

Even careful people slip sometimes. Purchase and properly use a roof harness whenever you clamber onto your roof. It’s not worth your life to forego the extra safety.

Keep Your Roof Area Clean

Your work area is dangerous enough as it is, so don’t allow little obstacles sneak under your feet to make you slip. Sweep off any debris already on your roof before you get to work. Once at work designate a specific area for all your tools. Make sure that area is outside of your walking area so you don’t accidentally step on them either.

Inspect Your Ladder and Set it Up Safely

Make sure your ladder is in perfect working order before you use it. Many are seriously injured every year because they used a broken ladder.

Once you know it’s in good working condition, set it up on level, solid ground. Set it at a place that will reach a foot or two above the lip of the roof. Attach safety loops from the top rungs onto secure locations on the roof to keep it from tipping backwards.

Only the Best Conditions

Only climb to the roof under the best conditions. If it’s wet, windy, the roof is damaged, etc., wait. Wait for bad weather to pass, let things settle before you try to get up there. If the roof is damaged, then get a professional up there to fix it before you try yourself.

Roof safety is paramount, because the consequences of a fall are dramatic. Keep yourself safe while you explore your hand at roof maintenance.

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