Entries by Laurie Anderson

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 […]

Thanks to you, our customers

The first goal I had when establishing TRA was to prevent injury and needless death to people by creating snow guards that would not fail.  I wanted to be sure dangerous avalanches of snow and ice could be stopped by engineering each snow retention project.  That original objective of safe, dependable, complete systems has carried […]

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 rather than down there but […]

Why Decorate? It’s Not Even Christmas!

If you drive by the TRA Snow and Sun manufacturing and office facility at 1657 S. 580 E. in American Fork, Utah, the first thing you will probably notice is the blue metal panel roof.  We like the all-American colors we chose for our company – RED, WHITE and BLUE and we like our building! […]

Chimneys and Roofs – How They are Similar

What?  Roof Systems and chimneys the SAME?  You’re thinking, “No way, Jose!”  Okay, before leaving this post, give me just a second to explain.   We at TRA Snow and Sun sell ventilated roof flashings and ridge risers which help with roof system ventilation.  No, we don’t want you to set them on fire thereby […]

Should Your Building Have Snow Retention Devices?

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

Some Tidbits About BYU-Hawaii Roofs and TRA’s Owner

  The owner of TRA Snow and Sun, Terry Anderson, recently visited Laie, Hawaii and was thrilled to see construction on some buildings at the BYU-Hawaii Campus and his products being installed!  – RIDGE RISERS!      Concrete tile is a good choice in the tough, humid climates like you find in islands of the […]

Flashing Magic!

Oh NO!  Look up, Ma!  The Ceiling is Leaking! When a leak occurs in your house, it’s a crisis! Buckets are set out, and sometimes Good Ole Uncle Jim is called for advice because, everyone in the family knows that Uncle Jim built a couple houses a while back. He’s the family expert. He’s the […]

TRA Status Report – Doing Better Than Ever!

TRA Snow and Sun is doing great thanks to an incredible team, our dedication to customer service, manufacturing top-notch products and our wonderful customers!  We are 100% American – all products are made right here in the Good Ole US of A!  We weathered the downturn in construction and have come out on the other […]


TRA Snow and Sun is all-American and very proud of it!  Our colors, red, white and blue (with a little solar yellow thrown in!) were chosen for a good reason. We believe and support the United States of America and all She stands for including the ultimate sacrifice made by those defending the values of […]

Why You Should Vent a Roof

Raise your hand if you want to lower your electric bill.  Raise your hand if you want to save energy.  Raise your hand if you have problems with ice dams on your roof. If you raised your hand, keep reading.  If you didn’t raise your hand, then you have money to burn, literally!  Don’t read […]