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Extreme Snow Loads and Pitch No Match for ColorGard

Project at a Glance

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

-Larry Schuman

The Situation & Results

Larry Schuman, the owner of a beautiful cabin in Shaver Lake needed a quick and reasonably priced metal roof snow guard system due to some frightening snow slides. The roof had a 12/12 pitch and an unusual seam configuration. Furthermore, the snow load in that part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is typically 150 to 200 lbs. per square foot, so the system needed to be strong, without undermining the appearance of the structure.


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.

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.


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 metal roof snow guard 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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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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