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Steep Roof, High Winds, Heavy Snow Loads Required Careful Planning

Project at a Glance

“We would never consider any attachment to our roofs other than S-5! Their commitment to tested, engineered products, and a decades-long history of prudent metal roof attachment solutions are unsurpassed. We simply know from experience their products perform for the life of our roof. The S-5! brand is iconic in the metal roofing industry.” 

- Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing, McElroy Metal

The Situation & Results

Located in an upscale rural neighborhood in Churchville, Maryland, this high-end, 4,875-square-foot post-frame barn features top-of-the-line products, including a 7,500-square-foot McElroy Metal Medallion-Lok standing seam roof system. The homeowners wanted an aesthetically pleasing, snow guard solution for their new charcoal gray standing seam metal roof that would match the roof and also avoid penetration/potential damage.  

ColorGard® was custom-designed and engineered for this project to mitigate potential rooftop avalanches, dramatically reducing the risk of sudden and unexpected release of snow slides while providing a long-term solution for the life of the roof. 


What Worked?

Close attention to detail was necessary during the roof installation to ensure everything was flashed properly as the number of dormers necessitated extra precautionary measures to avoid any potential water infiltration. 


The roofing contractor utilized the complete ColorGard system, including S-5-S Clamps, VersaClips™ and SnoClips™ III. Together, the snow guards provided the aesthetics they were seeking since the ColorGard system offered perfect color and finish-matching designed to last the life of the roof. And, it offered the fully tested and engineered safety they needed to protect pedestrians below from sliding snow off the new metal roof. The result was a beautiful roof and barn that would serve the Miller’s for years to come. 

Long Term Outlook

The Miller’s were able to achieve the quality look they wanted with a snow retention system that maintains the roof integrity, mitigates potential rooftop avalanches and complements the look of the roof, with a clean appearance and perfect color and finish-matching — all designed to last the life of the roof. 

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-S (“S” stands for snap-lock) is designed for traditional, single-fold (angle-seam) horizontal profiles of 1” (25 mm) and 1.5” (38 mm) seam height dimensions and all similar seam types.

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