How do I keep snow from sliding off my roof?
The answer is Snow Guards. What is a snow guard? A snow guard is a large or small, metal or plastic item that keeps snow on a roof. The goal is to keep the snow on the roof until the sun melts it enough that it can break up and fall off in manageable sizes.
Have you ever heard of a rooftop avalanche? That is when the entire mass of snow sheds off the roof all at once. In some cases this is not a big deal, but with metal, slate and tile roofs become more popular people and things are in real danger.
Why should I use snow guards on my roof? Does it really matter?
Yes, you should use snow guards on your roof, and yes, it does matter. It is like living in a hot and humid area and asking yourself if you should invest in pest control or not. If you do, your home will be mostly bug free. If you do not, spiders, snakes and other insects will roam in and out of your home freely. No one likes to see bugs in their home, especially if little children are present who are likely to roam just as freely.
If you invest in snow guards, your home will be mostly hazard free from falling snow and ice. If you do not, a mass of snow will badly injure or kill someone, rip off gutters, block doorways, smash cars, patio furniture, landscaping and anything else smash able, and pipe protrusions will be bent or ripped off. The answer is simple, yes snow guards are important. You can spend year after year replacing gutters, fixing damages or morning the loss of a loved one or you can purchase a snow guard system one time, maintain it, and stay safe and protected.
DO NOT ONLY place snow guards over doorways and windows. It is like using and umbrella with gapping holes and it is pouring rain. You are not going to stay dry.