What Are Snow Brackets?

Aside from increasing the weight load handled by your roofing assembly, heavy snow deposits also carry the risk of causing a mini avalanche should they begin to slide off the sloped surface. This could lead to all kinds of trouble including damaged plant-life, landscaping, and outdoor decks, and, in worst-case scenarios, accidents, and injury. Snow guards or snow brackets are roof-mounted metal “spikes” installed by your roofing contractor and designed to hold large amounts of snow in place and prevent them from falling in one big chunk.


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For areas prone to heavy snowfall, snow brackets can be an extremely useful addition. Let our professionals at The Roofing Company (CO) show you how snow brackets work and how they can help keep your home safe.

The Right Time for Snow Guards

Snow guards work well on standing-seam metal roofs. They’re often placed along horizontal lines following existing seams of a roofing system. Because they’re meant to stop snow from sliding, sloped roofs with a pitch higher than six and a half inches are the best candidates for these devices. For homes with a compromised insulation envelope, snow guards can also help in keeping large amounts of snow from compacting and forming dangerous ice dams, saving you the time, money, and inconvenience of calling for roof repair services.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

While snow guards and metal roofing systems go hand in hand, asphalt shingles are a different story. Shingled roofs are extremely prone to ice dam formation and the addition of snow brackets only can only worsen the risk. A lot of companies, therefore, do not recommend using this device if your roofing system is primarily comprised of tiles, shakes, or shingles.

From roof snow removal to metal roof installation work, The Roofing Company (CO) is your leading provider of superior roofing products and services. Give us a call at (970) 887-0104 or fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Granby, as well as all neighboring areas in Colorado.