Shaver Lake, CA Snow Retention Case Study

“I was very impressed with the ease of the installation, the non-intrusive look, and the strength of the system.” Larry Schuman

Beating the Storm

The sudden and unexpected release of snow from the roof can be dramatic, posing a serious threat to property and passers-by. After a dangerously close call himself, Larry Schuman decided it was time to act quickly to prevent the snow migration on his property from becoming a hazard. But the unique roof, with its extreme pitch and unusual seam type, posed a problem for manufacturers, who were unable to find a solution that they believed would hold, until OC Metals (Santa Ana, CA) worked with S-5!® to design a suitable system.

What Worked?

Confident that S-5! would be able to offer a reliable, affordable, and long-lasting solution, OC Metals (an S-5! distributor) was willing to tackle the project. That solution was to design a custom snow retention system using S-5! ColorGard®, which is mechanically attached with S-5! clamps. The S-5! clamps have round-point setscrews which grip the seam securely without penetration. The clamps are precision-machined from aircraft quality, high tensile aluminum, and forge the industry standard in holding strength.

For over a decade, the ColorGard system has delivered proven performance in extensive independent laboratory testing and installations around the world. ColorGard is designed such that:

  • the clamps will not pull off the seam, break or otherwise cause the system to release
  • the crossmember and its anchorage will not buckle, break or otherwise fail under load
  • the system will not corrode or cause corrosion of the roof
  • the system will not damage the roof; and will color-match the roof for the life of the roof

Furthermore, ColorGard is the only snow retention system designed and engineered on a site-specific basis, offering an optional Limited Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing ideal performance.

Long Term Outlook

Mr. Schuman’s ColorGard system offers holding strength and a perfect color-match that will last the full life of the cabin’s roof, slowing and preventing snow migration for upwards of 30 years. His newly installed snow retention system will maintain the clean, colorful appearance of the roof with perfect color and finish.

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