TRA Snow and Sun Company News

Snow Guards With A Fresh Look To Color Hardware

Take a look at these pictures for a fresh new snow guard clamp-on look. Our black Xylan hardware is now available for any colored clamp-on. Would this be your new snow retention look? Tell us by a simple comment on our contact page

Color Trends…

OUR PAINTED XYLAN BLACK HARDWARE!

XYLAN BLACK HARDWARE BENEFITS

    • New specialized color option for any colored clamp-on
    • Full paint application extending to the entire bolt thread
    • They’re resistant to heat and wear
    • Improves the functionality and life span by reducing the amount of wear 
    • Adds protection from corrosion
    • Stand out with a UNIQUE bold look 

WE CAN HELP…

TRA snow guards for 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 guard 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 guard 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 Guard Retention System to fit your project. For more information call TRA Snow and Sun at 800-606-8980.                                                                                                

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Join Us at Western Roofing Expo, Booth 556

June 11 – 12, 2018

Paris Las Vegas

Join us at the Western Roofing Expo in Las Vegas!

We will be there at Booth 556.

Download a free pass now! ==> http://wsrca.com/…/2018/01/WRE_2018_Free_Trade_Show_Pass.pdf

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 2018, please visit wsrca.com.

Innovative Awning System On A Retaining Wall

What do you do when you decide to put a pool where you originally planned to install a solar power system and the roof won’t work?

You get the determined folks at TRA Snow and Sun to help you think outside the box and create something we think is an innovative concept!  That’s what contractors of the Bourne, Massachusetts home project did when they encountered this issue on the project being constructed in a beautiful wooded area with a steep hillside at the back of the property.

Here’s what transpired.

Plymouth Solar Energy of Plymouth, Massachusetts was assigned the task of determining where to place the solar energy system during the construction of a large home.  After making the site visit, Greg Aborn of Plymouth, determined that the terrain was unsuitable for a ground mount system.  The soil was too sandy, unstable and steep.  When the owners disclosed that they had now decided to build a retaining wall and put a pool, Greg began research into alternative solutions.  This is how he discovered TRA Snow and Sun’s Awning Solution.

Greg says, “I am very strict with the quality of materials and products that I will allow for any of our installations, so I began digging deep into the awning- racking materials, engineering, installation methods/requirements, grounding, mid/end clamps etc… I was very pleased with TRA’s product in every way.”

Gary Heslington, of TRA Snow and Sun, was involved in the engineering and designing which began as a new concept – an awning system attached to the retaining wall, which was still in the design stage when he came on board. TRA worked hard on several different designs, trying to find one that would work well for the solar installer and homeowner.  He says, “When the concrete retaining wall idea was included where the awning system was eventually attached, we had to do three complete revisions, and then it took several months for the property owners to approve.  But we stayed in touch and were very happy when we got the go-ahead from Plymouth.”

TRA Snow and Sun has a reputation for creating engineered systems for solar mounting and roof snow retention systems and are very adept at thinking outside the box.  They used all of their experience (25+ years) and resources on this project.  The engineering and time spent was free.

Greg Aborn explained some of the difficult aspects of completing this project, “Mounting a highly visible system in a tough environment for exposure to the elements meant I needed to place significant emphasis on system durability and longevity.  I would bet my last dollar the wall will fail before our system does!”

To install this solar panel system, they fabricated custom scaffolding which allowed the installers to stage the wall in sections while not disturbing the soil retention (special grass to hold the soil together) that the homeowners were required to plant in compliance with tight property set-backs.  Erosion concerns with the abutting neighbor and steep property topography leading downhill were also factors in the installation.

TRA’s mounting system, combined with creative problem solving, eventually overcame what seemed like insurmountable obstacles across an extremely complicated range of municipal regulations and restrictions.  The finished product exceeded the homeowners expectations and created a solar power system that creates 12.3 KW of energy while conforming to the requirements of both local authorities and the homeowner.

In the end, Greg Aborn has high praise for TRA Snow and Sun’s products and service, stating, “I hope this puts as big of a smile on your face as it does mine!! I want my salesmen to sell a whole lot more of these!!”

Plymouth Solar Energy – http://www.plymouthsolarenergy.com/, (508) 746- 5430, 18 Main Street Extension, Suite 204, Plymouth, MA 02360

 

 

The Snow Has Landed!

WOW! Look at all that snow in Atlanta. As you watch the Falcons play football from your comfy home you know you’re safe and protected from dangerous weather.
What about if you attended the game in person?  How safe are you?
Just as the world-class Falcons prepare for the possibility of an incoming storm of opponents, the stadium has also prepared for all possibilities and so should you.
The $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium is using the best, as a game winning option when it comes to retaining snow on their roof with TRA Snow Retention

Keeping snow and ice from avalanching off a roof requires a system of superior strength.  When strength really does matter to save lives and prevent damage to property, how does a home or business owner know what snow retention product is strong enough?

How does someone decide what product measures up?

How does one decide the best method of installing a safe and reliable roof snow retention system?

If your answer to these questions is, “I can find that out.  I’ll just look it up online under building codes or ask my roofing contractor.” 

Well, good luck.

There are NO codes for roof snow retention!  None.  Nil.  Nada.  (Our owner, Terry Anderson, is serving on a committee right now to finally establish standards.  Watch for updates on this in the future!)  If a contractor starts sitting codes or standards, be wary.  The contractor might have his own standards, and we sure hope they all do, but there are no national or international standards for snow retention.

This makes it very important for owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to take extra care when designing a snow retention system. At TRA Snow & Sun, we seek to offer high-quality snow retention devices ENGINEERED for the unique snow & ice and building conditions relative to each specific project.

Snow retention as a science has emerged as a technological know-how for human safety. The laws of physics have to be used when holding back lots of destructive snow and ice. Annual assets and personal damage from destructive sliding snow and ice is in the millions, however, the price of a human life is incalculable.  If someone dies as a result of no snow retention or faulty snow retention, the liability threat to household owners and business proprietors is astronomical.

By retaining snow on the roof of a building and allowing even snow melt-off, injuries to residents/guests and property below the roof of a building can be avoided, saving money and limiting the possibility of personal loss. By installing snow retention you can:

  • Prevent danger to residents and guests.
  • Prevent costly roof and property damage.
  • Maintain safe access, keeping entrances/walkways free of snow and ice.
  • Promote energy efficiency by retaining snow which is a good insulation blanket.
  • Trust in the best with the highest quality snow retention devices.

How does one avoid the potential pitfalls of a bad snow retention product?

It can get perplexing with several hundreds of different snow guard types and designs to consider from. With a TRA snow retention system, you know you’re safe because we have gone through extensive product testing. Our products are built to last to the fail point of the snow retention system, not just the product. Unlike other plastic type snow guards that turn yellow and fail over time, TRA’s snow retention systems are superior in strength. Our superior snow retention is designed to manage snow migration on any type of roofing is made of stainless steel or brass.

plastic vs TRA

TRA CLAMP-ON SNOW FENCE vs PLASTIC GLUE-ON SNOW GUARDS

In simple terms, a first-rate snow retention product coupled with a reliable and safe FREE engineered spacing layout will help lessen the legal responsibility related to the unexpected slid of snow and ice from roofs. All requesting clients can receive free engineered layouts within 2 working days for each project’s specific requirements. For a free layout, data sheets, specs & quote contact us at 855-542-1861.

TRA Snow and Sun, Inc. offers AIA continuing education course, “Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions”

 

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 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 Devin Hancock at 800-606-8980.

 

FREE PASS to Join Us at METALCON, Booth #531

October 18- 20, 2017

Las Vegas Convention Center

Join us at METALCON in Las Vegas with a FREE PASS! Attend METALCON 2017 for FREE! Swing by to see TRA Snow & Sun at Booth #531. 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!

 

 

Stop by, meet some of our TRA team Wednesday from 12 PM – 6 PM, Thursday from 12 PM – 6 PM & Friday from 10 AM – 1 PM.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM FACE TO FACE.  WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU!

We’re excited to see you at METALCON 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 would be best for your roofing situation please stop by our booth and we would love to help!

For more information on METALCON 2017, please visit metalcon.com.

Game Winning Option!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atlanta Falcons are off to a great football season with a 3-0 winning record and will battle the Buffalo Bills this Sunday in Atlanta.  As you watch the game from your comfy home you know you’re safe and protected from dangerous weather.
What about if you attended the game in person?  How safe are you?

The Falcons’ new $1.5 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium uses TRA Snow Retention on its roof to keep fans safe in the event of a snowstorm (yes, Atlanta does get snow!) 

Just as the world-class Falcons prepare for the possibility of an incoming storm of opponents, the stadium has also prepared for all possibilities and so should you.

Keeping snow and ice from avalanching off a roof requires a system of superior strength.  When strength really does matter to save lives and prevent damage to property, how does a home or business owner know what snow retention product is strong enough?

How does someone decide what product measures up?

How does one decide the best method of installing a safe and reliable roof snow retention system?

If your answer to these questions is, “I can find that out.  I’ll just look it up online under building codes or ask my roofing contractor.” 

Well, good luck.

There are NO codes for roof snow retention!  None.  Nil.  Nada.  (Our owner, Terry Anderson, is serving on a committee right now to finally establish standards.  Watch for updates on this in the future!)  If a contractor starts sitting codes or standards, be wary.  The contractor might have his own standards, and we sure hope they all do, but there are no national or international standards for snow retention.

This makes it very important for owners, architects, engineers, and contractors to take extra care when designing a snow retention system. At TRA Snow & Sun, we seek to offer high-quality snow retention devices ENGINEERED for the unique snow & ice and building conditions relative to each specific project.

Snow retention as a science has emerged as a technological know-how for human safety. The laws of physics have to be used when holding back lots of destructive snow and ice. Annual assets and personal damage from destructive sliding snow and ice is in the millions, however, the price of a human life is incalculable.  If someone dies as a result of no snow retention or faulty snow retention, the liability threat to household owners and business proprietors is astronomical.

By retaining snow on the roof of a building and allowing even snow melt-off, injuries to residents/guests and property below the roof of a building can be avoided, saving money and limiting the possibility of personal loss. By installing snow retention you can:

  • Prevent danger to residents and guests.
  • Prevent costly roof and property damage.
  • Maintain safe access, keeping entrances/walkways free of snow and ice.
  • Promote energy efficiency by retaining snow which is a good insulation blanket.
  • Trust in the best with the highest quality snow retention devices.

How does one avoid the potential pitfalls to a bad snow retention product?

It can get perplexing with several hundreds of different snow guard types and designs to consider from. With a TRA snow retention system, you know you’re safe because we have gone through extensive product testing. Our products are built to last to the fail point of the snow retention system, not just the product. Unlike other plastic type snow guards that turn yellow and fail over time, TRA’s snow retention systems are superior in strength. Our superior snow retention is designed to manage snow migration on any type of roofing is made of stainless steel or brass.

plastic vs TRA

TRA CLAMP-ON SNOW FENCE vs PLASTIC GLUE-ON SNOW GUARDS

In simple terms, a first-rate snow retention product coupled with a reliable and safe FREE engineered spacing layout will help lessen the legal responsibility related to the unexpected slid of snow and ice from roofs. All requesting clients can receive free engineered layouts within 2 working days for each project’s specific requirements. For a free layout, data sheets, specs & quote contact us at 855-542-1861.

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!

Sale Team Edit Pic

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.

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!

Sale Team Edit Pic

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.

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!

Sale Team Edit Pic

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.

Thanks to you, our customers

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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 over to all products we manufacture – solar mounting products, flexible ventilation and snow retention.  Thank-you for your trust in us as we work with you to continue this paramount objective of safety and dependability.

I hope that we are doing a good job in our mission:

  • To offer the highest quality snow retention, solar mounting systems, flexible roof flashing and ventilation products made from superior materials that provide the ultimate in protection, durability and dependability.
  • We strive daily to provide customized service, exceptional engineering, superior manufacturing, and resourceful solutions for each customer, focusing on the unique requirements of each project.
  • Our team is united, innovative and dedicated. Each employee pursues excellence in each company endeavor and realizes that maintaining the good reputation that took decades to establish depends on them.
  • We are not content to simply be successful, but strive to set new and higher standards in all that we do.

As the owner of TRA Snow and Sun, I am responsible for the quality of our products, the service to our customers, and the care of our employees.  Each of these things is supremely important to me, but none are possible without YOU.  The customized service that we provide is dependent on YOU, our customer, working closely with us to engineer systems which are superior and dependable.  Each project is unique and we appreciate your efforts to make your individual project the best possible.

In this time of Thanksgiving, I thank YOU for the opportunity to provide the world with dependable roofing systems.  Thank YOU for your partnership and your trust in TRA Snow and Sun.

Please contact me at any time.  I welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Terry E. Anderson
President
800-606-8980

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We’re HERE at Booth 1071 Giving Away FREE Torque Wrenches!

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September 12-15, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center

North Hall & Westgate Hotel

Join us at Solar Power International at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas to receive a FREE Torque Wrench!

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Hurry supply is limited!

Just mention this blogpost at Booth #1071 to get yours
(while supplies last)

Tuesday from 10 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday from 10 AM – 6 PM & Thursday from 10 AM – 4 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 bring TRA Snow & Sun to SPI to demonstrate the new products and ideas we’re working on to deliver the best solar mounting possible. Come and see our new designed ballast system demonstrating the unique solar possibilities that will save you time and money. You will also enjoy learning about our new solar rail plus and flashing. Want more! We will provide the best learning experience in what our solar mounting products offer with our new touch and assemble solar demo kit!

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!

 

NEW – SOLAR RAIL PLUS
Solar Rail Plus (Black)

NEW – FLASHING
Flashing Black

NEW – SOLAR DEMO KIT
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We know every project is unique and no one solution fits every application. That’s why we offer free engineered solutions specific for your project. You provide us the project details and we will take care of the rest. Contact us at: 877-290-8669.