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The least harmful method of attaching a snow guard for snow retention on your metal roof is with adhesive. They typically release from the roof rather than damage panels or produce roof leaks in severe winter conditions, above and beyond the spacing configuration. It is simple to reinstall the snow guards over the same space on the roof. Start by cleaning the panel with soap and water or rubbing alcohol, allow it to dry completely, then use the SureBond SB-190 adhesive to reapply the guard to your roof in the same footprint that it released from. Because it can maintain the watertightness of their metal roof, customers love this feature.
Except for the Snojax 1, all of our polycarbonate snow guards can be installed using adhesive. Snojax 1, the first clear plastic guard in the world, should not be used with standing seam panels since it can only be attached with mechanical fasteners. However, fasteners can be used to install all of our guards on screw-down panels.
Roof leaks shouldn't occur if a snow guard system is installed correctly. Make sure to use screws with neoprene washers and pair them with either foam gaskets for metal snow guards or liquid silicone for polycarbonate snow guards. Many customers decide against adding any new roof penetrations for snow guards. They will choose to, instead, install a glue-down snow retention system using the Surebond SB-190 adhesive as an alternative.
Any shingle or slate roof that has easy access to the attachment hardware from below can have Slateguard installed on it. Depending on your roof, the strap's hooks attach to either the nails or screws that hold the shingle or slate down. Metal panels that interlock are not good options for this device. If the Slateguard is being installed at the same time as the shingles or slate, it also can be mechanically fastened to the subtrate of the roof with its included pre-drilled holes on the strap.
For polycarbonate snow guards, the Surebond SB-190 glue needs approximately 28 days at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to fully cure. Temporary temperatures below that threshold will prevent the curing process from progressing and may increase the amount of time required for a complete cure. Rain (after 45 minutes) will not prevent the adhesive from curing.
Our polycarbonate snow guards that screw down each require two screws. Near each guard's face, there are starter points or pre-drilled holes, depending on the model. Our SnowCatchers have three holes, two of which are necessary for installation and are located next to the face. If you decide to paint them or powder coat them, the third hole on the base's opposite side can be utilized for hanging. Additionally, this hole might serve as another fastening point. Both the SnoCleat PBR and SnoCleat 2.67 need at least three screws per guard, although they can utilize as many as six.
The majority of our snow guards in the polycarbonate pad style include molded starting points. Our self-tapping screws can easily drill through this material. Pre-drilling the guards is optional; however, you may choose to do so. Predrilled holes are included with the Snojax 1, Stainless SnowCatchers, and both the aluminum SnoCleat PBR and SnoCleat 2.67.
NO! Isolated installations are never recommended, no matter the snow retention method used. A layout should be acquired before making a snow guard purchase. The weight distribution of roof snow and ice across the entire structure is one of the most crucial aspects to consider when developing a system for your project. Isolated installations pose a substantial risk of failure, which could damage the roof's panels and structure, in addition to the guards themselves. Before placing an order, it is advisable to consult with an architect or engineer to guarantee the correct placement for snow retention on your project.