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Metal Roofing & Snow Retention Systems

Snow retention on a metal roof can be a great way to protect your roof from damage caused by heavy snow and ice buildup. In areas with heavy snowfall, this type of system can help to prevent roof collapse and other damages caused by the weight of the snow and ice. With winter firmly here, let Peak Building Systems help you understand how metal roofing and snow retention systems work together to keep you dry all season.


A building with a lot of icles hanging over the eave

Snow retention systems are typically made up of a series of metal plates or bars that are attached to the roofing material and placed across the roof. These metal plates or bars are designed to catch and hold the snow, preventing it from sliding off the roof and causing damage. In some cases, the system may include a metal mesh or wire that is attached to the roof and designed to help keep the snow in place.


A snow guard system is shown installed on a metal roof

The most common type of snow retention system is known as a snow guard. This system consists of a series of metal plates or bars that are attached to the roof and placed across the roof at intervals. The metal plates or bars are designed to catch and hold the snow, preventing it from sliding off the roof and causing damage. Snow guards are typically made from aluminum or stainless steel and can be customized to fit the size and shape of your roof. They come in a variety of different sizes and styles to accommodate different roof designs and can be installed by a professional or DIY enthusiast.


When installing a snow guard system, it is important to make sure that the system is properly secured to the roof. This will help ensure that the system is able to hold the weight of the snow and ice without slipping or becoming loose from the roof. It is also important to make sure that the system is installed correctly, as improper installation can lead to damage or failure of the system.


A snow bar or snow fence system is shown installed on a metal roof

Another common type of snow retention is called a snow bar/fence system. Meant for a more commercial application and can hold far more weight than the average snow guard. Snow retention systems are designed to help protect roofs from the weight of heavy snow and ice, but they are not a replacement for proper maintenance and care of the roof. It is important to keep your roof free of debris and to inspect it regularly for any signs of damage or wear. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the snow guard system is properly secured to the roof, as loose components can cause the system to fail or become ineffective.


Snow retention systems can be a great way to protect your roof from the weight of heavy snow and ice, but it is important to remember that proper maintenance and care of the roof is essential for optimal performance. If you are considering installing a snow guard system, it is important to consult with an experienced roofing professional to ensure the system is properly installed and secure. Call us today at  720-282-5074 to see what type of snow retention system best fits your needs! You can also get started designing your new building today with our 3D Builder.


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