Does my metal roof need snow guards?

Winter in Maine can bring a multitude of snowstorms in quick succession. Quickly changing temperatures also means that the snow melts and refreezes. This can cause build-ups of snow and ice, which, when they start to melt, can cause a problem as they slide off a metal roof. For owners of metal roofs, this cycle can sometimes create a hazard. Snow and ice buildup can slide off a metal roof causing a dangerous avalanche effect. This avalanche effect is why most homeowners should consider installing snow guards on their metal roof especially over doorways or to protect equipment located under the roofline.

A metal roof will shed snow better than an asphalt roof, and metal roofs have many other advantages to consider. These include durability, low maintenance, fire resistance, and environmental friendliness (they require replacement less frequently and the material is recyclable). There is the potential for problems with ice and snow sliding from the roof onto some unlucky person or object below. However, there is an easy solution to this problem!

Snow guards are metal or plastic fittings that stand up from the surface of a metal roof. They are designed to hold the majority of snow and ice in place. As the snow and ice melt, the water runs down the roof and into the home’s gutters, while the un-melted ice and snow stay safely on the roof.

Not only does this prevent the possibility of injuries: it also contributes to the home’s energy efficiency. Several inches of snow can act as an insulator between the home’s attic space and the frigid air outside.
Horch Roofing highly recommends the installation of snow guards on any metal roof in Maine where avalanching may cause harm to anything located below. When we install a new metal roof in Maine, we urge customers to add this important but inexpensive safety option. We also can install snow guards on existing metal roofs.

For professional roofers, the process of installation is straightforward and snow guards can be installed in less than a day. It’s possible for homeowners to do it themselves, but we caution against it. Homeowners rarely possess the proper safety equipment to be on a roof not to mention the experience and expertise. Professionals installers make sure snow guards remain solidly in place and do not cause leaks. Proper installation techniques are essential.

For 17 years Horch Roofing has been Maine’s reliable expert for roofing or gutter replacement and repairs. We serve the communities of Maine from our offices in Warren and Westbrook. No matter where you are located in Maine, we are the local roofer for you! Whether you have a minor repair for our Dispatch Crew , have a roof fail in the middle of winter, or need snow guards, we are the experts here to help.
Horch Roofing repairs and installs metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. Click here to fill out our online form for a free roof replacement estimate, or call our experts at 207-273-1111.