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Non-Profit Maintains Historic Aesthetics While Reducing Rooftop Avalanche Risk

Project at a Glance

“We highly recommend S-5! It is an exceptional business that cares about people in need, and Rob is a kind, generous and loving man who has truly touched the lives of the cancer patients we serve at Hope Hollow. We are grateful beyond words to Rob and S-5!”

-Kevin Clark & Jane Jacquemin-Clark, Founders of Hope Hollow

The Situation & Results

Hope Hollow is a non-profit organization that provides lodging, meals, transportation, and emotional support at no cost to cancer patients and their loved ones financially in need while traveling to Columbus, Ohio for cancer treatment – offering a place of hospitality and hope, allowing individuals to focus on their journey to better health.

Founders, Kevin and Jane, endured their own trying journey. Jane is a two-time cancer survivor who persevered through three surgeries and seven weeks of radiation treatment, and would regularly pray and speak her gratitude to God for having survived two cancers. However, she felt the need to do more–to find a way to live her gratitude. In 2009, they bought a home built in 1939 designed after a Pennsylvania farmhouse, and together, they spent the next five years restoring it.

The Answer to Snowy Ohio Winters…S-5! Snow Guards

On their journey, they met roofing contractor, Brett Rogers, owner of Rogers Roofing, Inc. Kevin and Jane wanted to replace their home’s metal roof to reflect the original look of the home. Brett installed a black, 24-gauge Sheffield Metal FF-100 standing seam metal roof. Due to the snowy Ohio winters, Brett advised them to install snow guards, specifically, ColorGard® by S-5!

Kevin and Jane sought the most cost-effective way to transform their home into Hope Hollow. One day, Kevin picked up the phone and called S-5! Rob Haddock, CEO and founder, answered the phone. Kevin explained the project and shared their personal journey. He asked Rob if he would provide a discount on S-5!’s ColorGard. Rob responded, “I need to call you back.” Kevin thought, well that is the end of that. But, Rob did call back and said, “No, I am not going to discount the product…instead I will donate everything you need.”  Kevin was thrilled. That was the beginning of an ensuing charitable relationship, which has carried forward from that moment through S-5!’s charitable foundation and Rob’s personal friendship with Kevin and Jane.


Installation Challenge

Ten roof sections with the potential for roof avalanches on several roof facets presented quite a challenge. Another concern was the safety of guests entering and leaving the residence, along with potential damage to the lower sections of the roof.


What Worked?

Rogers Roofing recommended Sheffield Metals’ standing seam metal roof and ColorGard by S-5! as their snow retention solution. Manufactured from high-tensile, aircraft-quality aluminum and extensively tested for load-to-failure results, ColorGard snow guards provide safety to the residence, controlling roof snow migration and dramatically reducing the risks associated with rooftop avalanches. ColorGard complements the look of the home’s unique roof, with a clean appearance and perfect color and finish-matching, all designed to last the life of the roof.


Custom Solution

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

ColorGard® provides safety to the guests while complementing the look of the residence’s black roof, with a clean appearance and perfect color and finish-matching, all designed to last the life of the roof. The system did not compromise the roof integrity and is exclusively recommended by Sheffield Metals, the roof manufacturer and Rogers Roofing, the roofing contractor.

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S-5! Products Used

ColorGard® snow guards feature finish-matching that lasts the life of the roof because it is the same material as the roof. Easily install any time of the year; or retrofit the ColorGard system to an existing roof or incorporate it in the new roof design.

The S-5-N (“N” is for nail strip) fits popular 1″ nail strips, such as: Taylor Metals’ Easy Lock™, ASC Building Products’ Skyline Roofing®, McElroy Metals’ Meridian, New Tech Machinery’s FF100 and roofing types with similar profiles.

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