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Why Snow Retention?

When snow accumulations begin to melt, the result can be catastrophic as the blanket of snow avalanches off the roof dumping tons of snow onto anything in its path. It can damage landscape, gutters, adjacent roofs, vehicles, and cause injury or death to passers-by. X-Gard™ pipe retention systems dramatically reduce these risks associated with rooftop avalanches, maintaining the clean lines of the roof! X-Gard can be designed and engineered on a site-specific basis, and lasts as long as the roof itself.

Why use the S-5! X-Gard?

X-Gard is the newest snow retention innovation from S-5!®

It can be designed as a one- or two-pipe system spanning up to 48". No other pipe snow retention system on the market has proven stronger than X-Gard.

The innovative double-clamp design allows X-Gard to provide unprecedented holding strength when attached with S-5!'s standard clamps. The employment of two clamps with each bracket and the unique shape of the NEX® 2.0 pipe enable a properly installed X-Gard system to provide a reliable snow retention solution in a wide variety of situations.

X-Gard is mechanically attached with patented round-point setscrews, gripping the seam securely without penetration and without damage to the panel’s protective finishes.

This new snow retention solution can be easily retrofitted to existing roofs or incorporated into new construction design. It can be installed any time during the year on almost any metal roof profile.

Finish Options

X-Gard is designed to preserve the coveted aesthetics of the metal roof. Based upon project needs, X-Gard can be painted, powder coated, or anodized as chosen by the customer. These finish option are available from limited S-5 distributors. Please contact distributors to discuss finish options and cost.

Versatility in Pipe Snow Retention

 X-Gard can be purchased as a one- or two-pipe system, using standard S-5! clamps, depending on project specifics including pitch and snow load.

The single- and double-pipe options can also be paired with a locally-purchased round pipe (supplied by third-party), or, for superior holding strength, X-Gard can be paired with the patented NEX® 2.0.

X-Gard 2.0
2-Pipe System Using NEX® 2.0

X-Gard 2.0
2-Pipe System Using 1.9 Round Pipe


X-Gard 1.0
1-Pipe System Using NEX® 2.0

X-Gard 1.0
1-Pipe System Using 1.9 Round Pipe


Lasting Quality

The X-Gard™ brackets, as well as the attachment clamps, are precision-machined, high-tensile, aircraft-quality aluminum, not cast or plastic. All related hardware is non-ferrous stainless steel for lasting performance.

X-Gard has greater holding strength, better aesthetics, and longer service life than any other engineered pipe system on the market. As is also true of the S-5! ColorGard® and SnoRail™/SnoFence™ snow rentention systems, pound-for-pound, X-Gard provides better holding strength than individual cleats.

X-Gard attachment clamps have been tested for load-to-failure results on most major metal roof brands and profiles. The independent lab test data can be used for load-critical designs and applications.

X-Gard Components

X-Gard in Action

Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) buildling in Saskatchewan, Canada

Detailed X-Gard Information
  Brochures Installation Arch Specs 2D DWG AutoCad 3D STEP 2D CAD PDF
X-Gard 1.0   X-Gard 1.0 AutoCad 2D X-Gard 1.0 STEP 3D X-Gard 1.0 AutoCad PDF
X-Gard 2.0   X-Gard 2.0 AutoCad 2D X-Gard 2.0 STEP 3D X-Gard 2.0 AutoCad PDF