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Non-Penetrating Snow Guards Preserve New Roof Warranty for Quebec Hockey Arena!

Project at a Glance

"The installation process alone cut the costs of labor in half because the customer did not have to install 7,000+ screws as previously planned; however, the big takeaway is by using S-5! ColorGard, they have future-proofed their new roofs and avoided the headache of roof leaks for years to come."

-Dave Kowch, Business Development Manager, Sky Products, Ltd.

The Situation & Results

Hockey’s place in Canadian culture is closer to religion than a simple sporting pastime; it’s a part of the national identity―a rite of passage between fathers and sons and more recently mothers and daughters. 

In Québec, sports enthusiasts flock to the Martin St-Louis and Yvon Chartrand hockey arenas to practice and play whenever the opportunity arises.  However, when owners planned for their arenas’ new standing seam metal roofs, they hadn’t considered the average 20 inches of snowfall during the winter months. 

So, after the new roofs were installed, they brought in Sky Products, Ltd.,–a Canadian roof equipment solutions provider and S-5! Distributor–to devise a solution to prevent snow from falling off the roofs at the main entrances.


What Worked?

The roofs of the Martin St-Louis and Yvon Chartrand hockey arenas each measured 60 feet by 213 feet. The original architectural and engineering design plan involved using a competitor’s product, which would have required creating more than 7,000 screw holes in the two brand new Vicwest Tradition 100 standing seam roofs. 

Sky Products introduced the arena owners to S-5!’s non-penetrating solution and worked alongside the EXP engineer to ensure the older buildings load capacities were considered in the design of the snow guards. 

Together, they devised a custom solution to distribute the snow loads across the roof.  The installation team conducted a site visit to determine the best strategy, and Sky Products provided stamped engineered drawings in line with the area’s building codes, engineering requirements and the area’s average snow load capacities of 60 pounds per square foot. 

They determined the roofs would require custom-cut lengths of ColorGard to include 410 cut at 56 inches long and another 14 cut at 72 inches long.


The Martin St-Louis and Yvon Chartrand hockey arenas have maintained the integrity of their roofs and roof warranties by eliminating the need for 7,000 screw holes in their brand new roofs since discovering ColorGard. 

Long Term Outlook

The owners have reduced the risk of sudden and unexpected release of snow, potentially posing a serious threat to property and patrons. ColorGard will not damage the roof or finish and will maintain the clean colorful appearance of the roof with perfect color and finish matching—for the entire 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.

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