Do I need snow guards on my metal roof?

By: Michael YeagerUpdated: February 21, 2021


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Why Are Snow Guards Necessary? Snow Guards prevent snow avalanche on glossy coated metal roofs in climates where snow and ice is common. It is necessary to control the rapid release of winter precipitation on a sloped metal roof where there is pedestrian traffic and property damaged can arise.

In this way, where should snow guards be placed on a metal roof?

Correct Placement
Snow guards should always be placed at the lower half of the roof plane. And, depending on the system, snow guards can be placed in a single line, or in multiple rows.

Similarly, how do I keep my snow from sliding off my roof?

In order to prevent snow and ice from creating a small avalanche, many homeowners opt to install snow guards on their steel roofs. Snow guards are designed to keep large amounts of snow and ice from sliding off a metal roof all at once.

How much are snow guards?

The average snow guard is a simple piece of polycarbonate which is screwed and fixed onto your roof. These shouldn't cost any more than $5 each, the number of snow guards required will depend on the size of your roof and the expected snow fall.

Are snow guards really necessary?

Snow Guards prevent snow avalanche on glossy coated metal roofs in climates where snow and ice is common. It is necessary to control the rapid release of winter precipitation on a sloped metal roof where there is pedestrian traffic and property damaged can arise.


How far apart do you put snow guards?

Starting at 6 inches from the bottom edge, place 2 snow guards equally spaced apart in the valley, in a staggered pattern, across the entire roof area. Go up the roof 8 feet and repeat the staggered pattern of guards in every valley as placed below. Do not exceed 8 feet vertically between rows of guards.

Do snow guards prevent ice dams?

I get asked a lot, “Do snow guards cause ice dams?” The quick answer is no, snow guards do not cause ice dams. One of the main reasons for ice dams is that snow and ice melt during the day and then re-freeze before clearing the roof surface at night. Most often ice dams occur at the eave of the roof.

Can you put a metal roof on in the winter?

Majority of those seeking a new roof are under the misconception that metal roofing can only be installed in the warmer months. Aside from shoveling snow and staging the installation, metal roofing can be installed in winter. Sheet metal panels are not subject to cracking, bending, or breaking.

Can you put gutters on a metal roof?

Yes, gutters can be used with metal roofs. In order to avoid interference with the roof system, gutters should be installed using fascia-mounted brackets. If necessary, the roof system drip edge can be notched to allow for the brackets. The drip edge should always direct water into the gutter.

What are the best snow guards for metal roofs?

Clamp on snow guards are a good option for those who have a standing seam metal roof. It is the most popular kind of snow guard. This type of snow guard does not penetrate the roof, but is attached mechanically giving it a lot of holding strength and can be attached during any season.

Do snow guards work on standing seam roofs?

Clip Style Snow Guards
They can be installed on standing seam panel roofs, through fastened metal panel roofs and on most metal shingles. These snow guards are called by many different names including snow birds, snow cleats, snow pads, snow dogs, snow jacks and several others.

Can you put heat tape on a metal roof?

Yes! Installing our heat tape on your standing seam roof can be very effective in combating ice dam formation. There's two main products used to install heat tape on your standing seam metal roof: The S-5 SR Heat Tape Clip, and the standard ice dam heat tape clip.

What are snow guards used for?

A snow guard is a device used to retain snow and ice from falling from one surface to a lower one; in contemporary usage, they are installed to prevent snow/ice pack from avalanching and damaging people, plants, and property below.

What is the main advantage of a metal roof in cold climates?

Metal roofing cuts the cost of heating bills.
Metal acts as an insulator and allows both cool and warm air to circulate without escaping–a benefit realized year-round. This results in lower energy costs throughout the year, and helps your home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

What is a roof snow guard?

Snow guards are rooftop devices that allow snow and ice to drop off in small amounts or allow snow and ice to melt completely before falling to the ground. The installation of snow guards prevents the sudden release of snow and ice from a roof, which is known as a roof avalanche.

What are the spikes on a metal roof?

Snow guards or snow brackets are roof-mounted metalspikes” installed by your roofing contractor and designed to hold large amounts of snow in place and prevent them from falling in one big chunk. For areas prone to heavy snowfall, snow brackets can be an extremely useful addition.

How do snow guards work?

The guard allows the snow to stay on the roof until it gradually melts off. The snow can bond together in wet snow conditions allowing a portion of snow to remain hanging from a roof. The snow will then freeze overnight. The thawing beneath the roof will then cause the entire sheet of snow or ice to slide off the roof.

How much is an Erie metal roof?

The cost of a metal roof ranges between $500 a square for lower-end materials to $1,800 for high-end copper. Homeowners usually select corrosion-resistant metal priced between $700 and $1,000 per square. A natural slate tile roof can cost between $800 and $1,600 per square.