A Beginner’s Guide to Snow Guards

According to weather data, Calgary averages 50 inches (120 cm) of snow every year, with a majority of that snow falling during early March. However, in some years, there is no start or stop in the snow season—it can snow during any month of the year.

Because it snows in Alberta so often, snow easily accumulates on any sloped roof. When the temperature reaches above freezing, the snow starts to melt and slide off the roof. This turns your roof into a potential safety hazard, as a miniature avalanche of snow could hit anyone walking near your home.

Fortunately, snow guards can protect you, your family, and any visitors from a frigid fate.

What Are Snow Guards?

Snow guards are devices that fasten to your roof. They create a small barrier that promotes friction. This inhibits snow from falling in huge sheets to the ground, though it does not stop snow from falling off entirely nor does it stop icicles from forming.

Snow guards have been around for over 300 years. For years in Scandinavia, homeowners have been using logs and stones on the rooftop to increase friction and retention. Modern snow guards, however, typically consist of polycarbonate and metal, though their size, shape, and type vary depending on the building’s needs.

Are Snow Guards Right for Your Home?

Snow guards are compatible with all roof types and materials, including metal, shingle, slate, and tile. Additionally, they come in a variety of colours to complement your roof's current colour.

Experience is the best method to determine whether your roof needs a snow guard. If your area has an average amount of snow, or if falling ice has ever caused damaged to your home, consider purchasing snow guards from our Calgary roofers at Century Roofing.

You can install snow guards to protect high-traffic areas around your home, including the following:

  • Entryways
  • Driveways
  • Gathering areas
  • Ground-mounted equipment
  • Landscaping
  • Vents
  • Walkways

You can also use snow guards in conjunction with heat tape and trace heating systems to help snow melt faster. Together, these products offer better protection from snow buildup and sliding snow, minimizing the potential risks for injury.

Protect Your Roof with Snow Guards

Don't let snow and ice buildup put you or your family in danger! Prep your home for winter by calling your Calgary roofing contractor at Century Roofing. Call us today at 403-235-5457 for a free quote!