Yes, ColorGard®, X-Gard™, DualGard™ and SnoFence™ can easily be retrofitted to existing roofs or incorporated into new construction design. They can be installed any time of the year using power tools common to the trade.
Yes! Contractors everywhere love the ease of assembly, the simplicity and the durability of our S-5! snow retention systems. This should come as no surprise because the S-5! systems were designed by a contractor who was tired of inferior products that were wretched to install and performed poorly. These systems were then field tested and refined in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where snow challenges are extreme. The result was a line of unsurpassed snow retention systems based on S-5! clamping technology.
Why upgrade from adhesive-based systems?
Today’s metal roof products have premium finishes made from fluorocarbons similar in composition to Teflon, the popular nonstick coating on cookware. These paint resins, Hylar® and Kynar® by trade name, are wonderful performing finishes never intended for glue-on type snow retention systems. People continue to try testing this combination, but an adhesive device on a nonstick surface continues to offer high failure rates. In addition, most adhesives are temperature-cure compounds. This limits their application to warm weather only and can take weeks to fully cure.
Note too, that adhesives are chemically organic compounds. Ozone and ultraviolet light cause the chemical bonds to degrade over time. This means an adhesive tested for ultimate load-to-failure in a laboratory may well show favorable results. But, after five or 10 years of exposure to heat cycling, UV radiation, moisture and ozone, the weakened chemical bond often causes the system to fail at unacceptably low loads. Will that happen on your roof? No one can say for sure, and it’s that very issue of unpredictability that makes adhesives a risky choice. Our S-5! attachment technology, on the other hand, is mechanical, stable and predictable. It’s derived from non-corrosive metals unaffected by temperature, UV light or ozone. Their attachment performance does not change over time—if you love it today, you’ll still love it 50 years from now.
Note: When relying upon lab tested load figures, the setscrew tension should be periodically verified using a calibrated wrench.