Engineering, testing need to support snow retention systems

Fayetteville, Ga., May 20, 2016 – The number one reason for installing snow retention products is to provide an increased level of safety to people and property on the ground below the roof. Snow and ice sliding off a roof has caused many injuries and plenty of damage. So it only makes sense to install a system you trust will work.

Design Components Inc., is a national distributor of metal building components, including doors and windows, canopies, pipe and roof flashing, roof curbs and hatches, skylights and smoke vents, ventilation products, ladders and metalwalks. Design Components’ metalwalks are attached to the standing seam metal roofing of metal buildings with clamps from S-5! That relationship led Design Components to add snow retention systems from S-5! to its product offering.

S-5! clamps are all backed by testing and engineering with most standing seam metal roofing systems, offering peace of mind to distributors as well as customers. With the test results on S-5! clamps, Design Components was able to safely install metalwalks on roof slopes as high as 6:12.

Roofers and general contractors most often know they need some sort of snow retention, but there are plenty of choices to consider. Design Components believes ColorGard is the most cost effective snow retention system and when it is the best solution, steers customers in that direction. It’s the only snow retention system to be warranted for the life of the roof and its holding strength and perfect color match are guaranteed.

To ensure the best solution, customers need to answer several questions:

  • Who is the panel manufacturer?
  • What does the manufacturer call this panel profile?
  • What is the metal and gauge of the panel?
  • What is the panel length and roof slope?
  • What is the panel width and seam height?
  • What is the roof snow load for the location of the building?

This information helps determine the best location to install the ColorGard system and if multiple rows are required. S-5! Offers a snow retention calculator on its website. Based on the information plugged into the calculator (basically, answers to the questions above), installers can determine the number of clamps needed as well as the number of ColorGard sections. The calculator will also determine the number and type of SnoClips, the number of VersaClips and the total parts needed for the project with multiple roofs.

If you’re going through the trouble of installing a snow retention system on the standing seam metal roofing of your metal building, it’s best to install a system backed by manufacturer engineering and testing.

About Design Components
Design Components Inc., is a national distributor of metal building components, including doors and windows, canopies, pipe and roof flashing, roof curbs and hatches, skylights and smoke vents, ventilation products, ladders, metalwalks and S-5! snow retention systems. Visit www.designcomponents.com and www.metalwalk.com.