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Seam-mounted snow guards are installed by clamping or attaching directly to the standing seams of a metal roof. This attachment method eliminates the need for drilling holes into the roofing material, which can potentially lead to leaks and interference of thermal expansion and contraction of this type of roof system.
These snow guards are primarily designed for use with metal roofing systems, such as standing seam metal roofs. They are not typically used on other types of roofing materials like screw down metal roof panels, asphalt shingles or slate.
Proper installation of seam-mounted snow guards is crucial for their effectiveness. Roofing professionals, experienced contractors, seasoned handymen and DIY savvy installers are usually responsible for their installation. Careful consideration should be given to the factory recommended torque settings of the set screws. All our seam mounted snow guards use a positive locking cupped-tip set screw that only requires 90-inch pounds of torque. The spacing and placement of the snow guards should be determined based on factors such as roof pitch, snow load, and local climate conditions.
The seam mounted SnoBar ® is made from a 1-inch square GatorShield ® coated galvanized steel bar that utilizes a stainless steel or aluminum clamp attachment to the roof seam. The aluminum ColorBar is made from T5-6063 aluminum bar that is mounted on top of a stainless or aluminum clamp with factory inserted stainless set screws. The ColorBar and SnoCleat options are designed to blend with the aesthetics of the metal roof by allowing for a 2" piece of the actual metal roof panel to slide in the face of the snow guard and snow rail. Another option is the individual seam mounted SnoCleat RC and SnoCleat RCT.
Once properly installed, seam-mounted snow guards typically require minimal maintenance. Periodic inspections should be conducted to ensure that they remain securely attached by checking the torque settings and making sure they are free from debris.
Seam-mounted snow guards offer several advantages, including their compatibility with many standing seam metal roofing systems, ease of installation without roof penetration, year-round installation, and the ability to withstand heavy snow loads.
These snow guards can often be customized in terms of color, material, and design to match the roof's aesthetics and architectural style. Powder coating is available with the SnoBar and ColorBar to match just about any color roof. The SnoCleat and ColorBar have a channel built into the bar that accepts a 2-inch piece of the metal roof panel.
The type of standing seam on the metal roof can influence the choice of seam-mounted snow guards. Symmetrical Bulb seams and T seams will use a RoofClamp RCT with the RCB-3 bracket to attach the bar or the single mounted SnoCleat RCT. Asymmetrical standing seam metal panels will use the top loading stainless steel clamp or an individual mounted SnoCleat RC clamp-on snow guard.
Our seam-mounted snow guards are fastened to the roof with cupped-tip stainless steel set screws that form a posi-lock attachment. Superior strength without panel penetration is provided by this tried-and-true set screw design. Our cupped tip set screws only need 90 in-lbs of torque (not foot pounds), while the competition needs up to 150 in-lbs.
Most popular standing seam panels in use today can be fitted with the SnoCleat RC and/or RCT snow shields. The SnoCleat RCT should be used when employing a Bulb Seam or T-Seam panel for your project. For more information on installing these guards with different types of panels, see our list of panel compatibility.
The SnoBar system consists of a hollow, 1" x 1" square tube constructed of Gator Shield-coated galvanized steel. The ColorBar system uses an extruded 6061-T6 aluminum bar that has room for a color strip. Both systems can be ordered online or over the phone in either a mill finish or a powder-coated finish. Only the ColorBar can span panels wider than 24" due to its superior strength.