What to Know When Selecting Custom Snow Brackets

January 17th, 2023

What are snow brackets?

Snow brackets, also called snow guards, are pieces of metal mounted on your roof which are designed to prevent large amounts of snow from falling in one large chunk. Rather, snow guards help accumulated precipitation slide off your roof in small amounts at a time. Custom snow guards are fundamental to your home’s exterior if you live in a place that experiences heavy snowfall.

 

What Roof Types are Best for Custom Snow Guards?

Snow guards work best with metal roofs. If you have a metal roof, snow guards are compatible with your home’s roofing material. Snow brackets are commonly placed along existing seams in metal roofs. Custom snow brackets can help with snow retention if your metal roof is sloped. Why would you want to retain snow? Large amounts that slide off in huge chunks can damage the housing material on lower stories, kill plant life, and even cause serious injury to people below. Plus, cleanup is a hassle after a “mini avalanche.” With a metal roof, snow guards protect your home and the people within it.

Selecting Custom Snow Retention Systems

Snow retention brackets come in various lengths, widths, and shapes to best fit your roof and your functional needs. They vary from traditional spikes to more creative shapes like pine trees, moose, bears, and maple trees. Installation of this custom project is easy, though a certified roofing contractor can help install metal snow guards should you need them. Customized snow retention brackets offer long-lasting protection to your roof and the rest of the home below.

Snow Brackets for a Shingle Roof

If your roof surface is made of shingle, you may only need a snow retention system if your roof is steeper than a 6/12 pitch. However, if you experience a “roof avalanche,” installing just a few snow guards can prevent significant slide-offs and protect the integrity of your roofing material.

Ready to Commit to Custom Snow Guard Solutions?

There are lots of companies that create customized snow brackets for roofs. You want to work with a reputable company that provides custom solutions no matter your roof’s material, your geographical location, or the heaviness of your yearly snowfall. Speak with a reputable contractor and determine what installation would require, what sort of snow retention systems they recommend, and what the associated cost will be.