Preventing Roof Ice Dams

The formation of ice dams on the roof can spell disaster for any homeowner and is an issue that must be solved quickly.  Ice dams are the name referring to the buildup of ice on the eaves of the roof which can cause standing water to be caught on the shingles.

How do ice dams form?

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An ice dam forms as heat from the home escapes through the roof and causes the snow that is on top of the roof to melt.  As the meltwater runs down the roof, it cools when it hits the parts of the roof that are not heated from the home, usually the eaves of the roof, and refreezes, causing the buildup of more and more ice until an ice dam has formed and has completely blocked the flow of melting water from the roof.

How to avoid ice dams?

When water is left standing on the roof, it has the potential to erode shingles and leak into the home, cause great amounts of water damage to both the roof of the home and possibly the interior of the home as well. But this damage can be avoided if the homeowner will take the appropriate steps in avoiding the buildup of ice dams.

  1. Secure the attic insulation. Insulating the attic of the home will allow less heat to escape and thereby largely eliminate the staggered snowmelt that leads to ice dams.
  2. Create ventilation. Both on the roof itself and from the attic through the roof at the corners, creating and installing ventilation will allow for the warm air to escape the sides of the home while allowing for cold air to run up the length of the roof to keep the snow cold and safe.
  3. Cap any hatches on the roof. Ceiling fans, attic hatches and other such openings allow for warm air to escape in droves. Sealing or capping these openings effectively will greatly reduce the amount of melt-water that has the potential to form an ice dam.
  4. Install snow brackets. Snow clips will help to retain the snow on the roof and will discourage the formation of ice dams by holding snow in place and allowing for an even and natural melt.

Get AIA Continuing Educational Credits

 

roofing solutions in alpine regions, continuing educationIn response to requests from architects and other construction specifiers, TRA Snow and Sun has decided to continue with the popular continuing education course, “Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions”.  

Learning how to protect people and property from dangerous falling snow and ice just got much easier with the online course created by TRA Snow and Sun and approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). When an architect designs a building there are hundreds of decisions to make besides the obvious, visual components that make up an attractive and functional building: what type of window to specify, what color carpet, or what type of roof are obvious ones. There are some specifications that are vital to the safety of those who will use the building and create liability for the architect and contractors.

If the building is located in a snowy, cold climate, special consideration should be given to the proper design and engineering of devices to retain snow and ice on the roof. Most construction professionals don’t realize the importance of snow retention devices and how critical they are in alpine regions.

Terry Anderson, nationally respected roofing consultant and owner of TRA Snow and Sun and Anderson Associates Consulting, has established himself and his companies as experts in the roof snow retention industry over 35 years and is co-author of the Concrete and Clay Tile Design Criteria for Cold and Snow Regions. The AIA online course, Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions provides one credit hour of continuing education credit for architects wishing to maintain their license. It is also available for anyone wishing to understand the best way to design a roof in a cold or snowy climate. It incorporates Anderson’s extensive experience and deals specifically with:

  • The common roofing challenges that are unique to cold climates.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the most common solutions to snow and ice on roofs.
  • The accepted roof design practices in Europe as compared to those in the United States and Canada.
  • The concepts and effectiveness of roof ventilation and snow retention in reducing snow and ice problems.
  • Several factors to be considered in the proper engineering of roof snow retention devices.

The course is available online (Ron Blank) or online (AEC Daily) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Credits are automatically submitted to AIA, CSI and other organizations by AEC Daily, one of the largest providers of free continuing education for architects, engineers, contractors, specifiers, and other construction professionals.

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TRA Snow and Sun, Inc., located in American Fork, Utah, offers Roof Snow Guard Retention Devices, Solar Racking Systems and Roof Ventilation and Flashing Solutions. They provide all customers, from the individual homeowner to the big developer, free engineered designs for all their systems. For more information call us at 801-756-8666.

 

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Join us for a chance to win a $50 gift card in this FREE #webinar

SAVE THE DATE – AIA/HSW SNOW RETENTION WEBINAR
Wednesday, June 9th

Office Managers & Others – Feel Free To Share!

Invited: Architects & Associates (or anyone who would be interested)
For Continuing Education Units (CEU): AIA/HSW Credit Available
Topic: Rooftop Snow Retention – Solving the Mystery with the Facts
(New Course This Year)
Format: Zoom Webinar – Provided by TRA Snow & Sun
*No Registration Fee Required.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm PST (1-hour presentation followed by questions)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
To discuss various solutions for snow and ice moving on roofs, including best design practices for roof types. Design professionals will learn how modern snow retention systems utilize engineering to retain snow efficiently to protect from rooftop avalanches. Learn about the problems and hazards associated with snow and ice moving on roofs or sliding off roofs. Discover the value of engineered snow retention systems.

LIVE SESSION PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-register for this event by June 9th, 2021 by https:/lnkd.in/eEWGbqm.

#AIA#HSW#architects#design#building#architecture#designers#landscapearchitects#landscapedesigners#learning#architectureanddesign#continuingeducation#aiacredit#construction#outdoordesign#webinar#event

TRA Production Worker – TWO OPENINGS!

Production Worker WANTED!

Job Description: This is an entry level position working with sheet metal products. Initially position is to help production workers sort products, hang products for powder coating, pull off painted parts, inspect for proper paint coverage, cleaning and sweeping, moving batches of product, counting product for inventory, lifting boxes up to 75 lbs, operating forklifts, operating hand pallet jacks, and any other general warehouse responsibilities asked of by manager.  Power coating experience is a huge plus and will pay at a higher rate.

Responsibilities: Work as part of a team to aid the company processes to ready the product for shipping • Become familiar with all the products (types for brackets, metals, assemblies) and how they are used and stored; • Think and practice safety daily • Must be able to multi-task and cross train • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.  Power coating experience is a huge plus and will pay at a higher rate.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent. Works well with others. Candidate should be interested in learning new products and the end use of those products which help understand the quality required. Must be able to lift 75 pounds. Position requires stacking, pushing, adjusting heavy objects. Candidate should be excited by the challenge of accomplishing several tasks at once. Candidate will be expected to operate a forklift. Experience is not required.

Additional Information: Currently all shifts are 8am to 5pm. If you are considering this position, around July or August is our peak season and employees are required to change to a different shift. Future employee must be available for 2nd or 3rd shift during the busy season. Candidate will not be considered if they are not open to working different shifts in the future. Power coating experience is a huge plus and will pay at a higher rate.

SUBMIT REFERENCES WITH YOUR RESUME, PLEASE TO:
DeAnna Gravius
dgravius@trasnowandsun.com


You may stop by between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm at 1657 South 580 East, American Fork. Be prepared to start work immediately if you qualify. Standard work attire for warehouse employees requires steel-toe shoes and long pants.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Join us for a chance to win a $50 gift card in this FREE #webinar

SAVE THE DATE – AIA/HSW SNOW RETENTION WEBINAR
Wednesday, January 27th

Office Managers & Others – Feel Free To Share!

Invited: Architects & Associates (or anyone who would be interested)
For Continuing Education Units (CEU): AIA/HSW Credit Available
Topic: Rooftop Snow Retention – Solving the Mystery with the Facts
(New Course This Year)
Format: Zoom Webinar – Provided by TRA Snow & Sun
*No Registration Fee Required.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST (1-hour presentation followed by questions)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
To discuss various solutions for snow and ice moving on roofs, including best design practices for roof types. Design professionals will learn how modern snow retention systems utilize engineering to retain snow efficiently to protect from rooftop avalanches. Learn about the problems and hazards associated with snow and ice moving on roofs or sliding off roofs. Discover the value of engineered snow retention systems.

LIVE SESSION PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-register for this event by January 27th, 2021 by https:/lnkd.in/eEWGbqm.

#AIA#HSW#architects#design#building#architecture#designers#landscapearchitects#landscapedesigners#learning#architectureanddesign#continuingeducation#aiacredit#construction#outdoordesign#webinar#event

Join us for a chance to win a $50 gift card in this FREE webinar

SAVE THE DATE – AIA/HSW SNOW RETENTION WEBINAR
Wednesday, December 2nd

Office Managers – Feel Free To Share!

Invited: Architects & Associates (or anyone who would be interested)
For Continuing Education Units (CEU): AIA/HSW Credit Available
Topic: Rooftop Snow Retention – Solving the Mystery with the Facts
(New Course This Year)
Format: Zoom Webinar – Provided by TRA Snow & Sun
*No Registration Fee Required.
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm MST (1-hour presentation followed by questions)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
To discuss various solutions for snow and ice moving on roofs, including best design practices for roof types. Design professionals will learn how modern snow retention systems utilize engineering to retain snow efficiently to protect from rooftop avalanches. Learn about the problems and hazards associated with snow and ice moving on roofs or sliding off roofs. Discover the value of engineered snow retention systems.

LIVE SESSION PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-register for this event by December 2nd, 2020 by https:/lnkd.in/eEWGbqm.

#AIA#HSW#architects#design#building#architecture#designers#landscapearchitects#landscapedesigners#learning#architectureanddesign#continuingeducation#aiacredit#construction#outdoordesign#webinar#event

Get 1 Hour of AIA & HSW Continuing Education Credits

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SAVE THE DATE – AIA/HSW SNOW RETENTION WEBINAR
Wednesday, October 28th

Invited: Architects & Associates
(Office Manager & Others – Feel Free To Share)
For Architects: AIA/HSW Credit Available
Topic: Rooftop Snow Retention – Solving the Mystery with the Facts
(New Course This Year)
Format: Zoom Webinar – Provided by TRA Snow & Sun
*No Registration Fee Required.
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 pm (1-hour presentation followed by questions)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
To discuss various solutions for snow and ice moving on roofs, including best design practices for roof types. Design professionals will learn how modern snow retention systems utilize engineering to retain snow efficiently to protect from rooftop avalanches. Learn about the problems and hazards associated with snow and ice moving on roofs or sliding off roofs. Discover the value of engineered snow retention systems.

LIVE SESSION PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-register for this event by October 28th, 2020 by https://lnkd.in/eAMnMKp.

#architects #architecture #AIA #HSW #webinar #credits

 

 

 

 

 

ASTM’s Latest News on Creating Standards for Roof Snow Retention Devices

ASTM’s current standard that is being developed is titled “Standard Test Method for Snow Retention Devices attached to Wood Sheathing”. TRA, a current member of the ASTM task group, is helping the development move along by testing its products per the standard and then providing the task group with the results for analysis. Several hundred test results will be provided over the next several months.

In addition to providing valuable information to the task group, TRA is also benefiting from the process. We are seeing great results and increased values on our Apex snow bracket design, that is being used for the tests. What does that mean? If test results continue, the Apex profile bracket will prove to be a better value for the customer with fewer snow guards required.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the goal remains the same to have a completed standard ready to submit to the main committee by April 2021.

#snowguard, #snowretention, #snowguardstandards, #snowbracket, #architect

JOB OPENING AT TRA SNOW AND SUN!

Production Worker WANTED!

ABOUT US: TRA Snow & Sun is a manufacturer of snow retention products. We have been committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in every endeavor we pursue and this dedication along with consistent performance, trust, and open communication creates the atmosphere of long term, win-win relationships with our employees, customers and vendors.

TRA Snow & Sun is seeking a qualified individual for a position as a Production Worker within our manufacturing facility located in American Fork, UT. The ideal candidate must show a strong work ethic with personal attention to quality and safety.

JOB PURPOSE: Work on production line and assists with assembling/prepping in the production of the company’s products.
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (must be available to work overtime when scheduled)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Work as part of a team to aid the company processes to ready the product for shipping • Become familiar with all the products (types for brackets, metals, assemblies) and how they are used and stored; • Think and practice safety daily • Must be able to multi-task and cross train • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

QUALIFICATIONS: • High School diploma or equivalent; no experience required. • Able to multi-task and cross train on a variety of machinery. • Must demonstrate the ability to follow directions and work within the Production Department to learn the production process; • Willing and able to perform manual labor required of the position (lifting of a minimum of 75 lbs., stacking, pushing, etc. of heavy objects).

SUBMIT REFERENCES WITH YOUR RESUME, PLEASE TO:
DeAnna Gravius
dgravius@trasnowandsun.com

You may stop by between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm at 1657 South 580 East, American Fork. Be prepared to start work immediately if you qualify. Standard work attire for warehouse employees requires steel-toe shoes and long pants.

JOB OPENING AT TRA SNOW AND SUN!

Production Worker WANTED!

ABOUT US: TRA Snow & Sun is a manufacturer of snow retention products. We have been committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence in every endeavor we pursue and this dedication along with consistent performance, trust, and open communication creates the atmosphere of long term, win-win relationships with our employees, customers and vendors.

TRA Snow & Sun is seeking a qualified individual for a position as a Production Worker within our manufacturing facility located in American Fork, UT. The ideal candidate must show a strong work ethic with personal attention to quality and safety.

JOB PURPOSE: Work on production line and assists with assembling/prepping in the production of the company’s products.
SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (must be available to work overtime when scheduled)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Work as part of a team to aid the company processes to ready the product for shipping • Become familiar with all the products (types for brackets, metals, assemblies) and how they are used and stored; • Think and practice safety daily • Must be able to multi-task and cross train • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

QUALIFICATIONS: • High School diploma or equivalent; no experience required. • Able to multi-task and cross train on a variety of machinery. • Must demonstrate the ability to follow directions and work within the Production Department to learn the production process; • Willing and able to perform manual labor required of the position (lifting of a minimum of 75 lbs., stacking, pushing, etc. of heavy objects).

SUBMIT REFERENCES WITH YOUR RESUME, PLEASE TO:
DeAnna Gravius
dgravius@trasnowandsun.com


You may stop by between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm at 1657 South 580 East, American Fork. Be prepared to start work immediately if you qualify. Standard work attire for warehouse employees requires steel-toe shoes and long pants.