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DualGard™ Custom Designed for Red Rock to Mitigate Potential Rooftop Avalanches!

Project at a Glance

“Superior Roofing chose S-5! for this highly visible project because we know they offer a superior product that mechanically fastens, matches our metals with perfect color matching, is easy to install, lasts the life of the roof, and provides the safety needed on our projects. We have been using it for 15+ years. For us, it is a necessity in the industry.”

―Mark Lopez, Safety Director, Superior Roofing

The Situation & Results

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a spectacular, world-renowned
entertainment venue. Its mountainous location makes it prone to extreme shifts in weather conditions from heavy snow to intense hot sun. Due to the area’s historical architectural guidelines and the particulars of the new metal roof, the contractor needed a penetration-free, fully engineered,
aesthetically pleasing snow retention solution that would both match the roof and last the life of the roof.

DualGard was custom-designed and engineered for this project to mitigate potential rooftop avalanches, which could pose a
serious threat to performers, concertgoers and equipment below.

Many improvements to the venue have been made over the years. In 2021, the City was looking to expand and upgrade the venue with a larger roofing structure over the main performance stage. An 8,500 square foot Nordic Brown Copper standing seam metal roof was installed to replace the original one. The roof’s high-end copper was shipped from German supplier, Aurubis in coils and fabricated on site. Mounted to the venue’s stunning new roof is the complete DualGard™ snow retention system by S-5

What Worked?

Because the roof is subject to both downward and upward forces of snow and wind, it required a snow retention system designed to resist stresses in two directions. The DualGard snow retention system by S-5! was custom-engineered for the standing seam roof profile. Custom powder-coated to match the roof, DualGard is a complete, two-pipe aluminum, snow guard system with strength, testing and quality for almost any standing seam profile so the team was able to accomplish perfect color matching to the copper roof—meeting the architectural requirements for this historical site. Additionally, the DualGard was easy to transport to such a challenging setting. It is compact and comes in packaging lengths and weights that are 100% UPS-able and easy to handle on site.

The new roof sits between 75 and 100 feet above the stage floor. Without a snow retention system, snowpack and ice could easily escape endangering performers, concertgoers and expensive equipment. Due to the high elevation of the site, extreme weather conditions ranged from freezing rain and snow to warm, dry, and sunny, then back to winter-like conditions throughout the duration of the project. Therefore a high-quality, long-lasting snow retention system was necessary to prevent melting snow and ice from sliding off the sloped metal roof.

Long-Term Outlook

Red Rocks Amphitheatre was able to achieve the quality look it wanted with a snow retention system that maintains the roof integrity, mitigates potential rooftop avalanches and complements the look of the roof, providing a clean appearance and perfect finish-matching, designed and engineered to last the life of the roof.

S-5! Products Used

S-5 DualGard is a two-pipe, 1” dia, (25 mm), aluminum, snow bar system that can be powder-coated or anodized to match your roof if desired. It can be used on almost any standing seam metal roof, in addition to corrugated roof profiles.

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