If you have a slate, tile or metal roof, be prepared for winter.  By installing snow guards on any of these roofs, homeowners can protect their property and themselves.  They act like a safety net, helping to prevent snow and ice from sliding off the roof.   Snow slides are caused as friction is lost between the snow and the slate roof.  This can be due to heat loss from the building or from the sun causing the snow to melt.  Water from the melting snow acts as a lubricant and allows the snow to slide down the roof.


Snow Guards

Once dislodged, a high volume of snow and ice can end up damaging lower roofs, gutters and anything else on the ground level.  A chunk of snow and ice, falling only 10 feet, can do a fair bit of damage.

In addition to slate roofs, homeowners with tile roofs (especially Spanish tile) or metal roofs will experience similar issues of snow and ice slides.  Like any good product, it is nothing without proper installation.  Deegan Roofing know how to properly install snow guards without damaging the existing slate or tile.  By using an inexperienced contractor, it can lead to more problems down the road.


Snow Guards

The location and spacing of the snow guards is just as important.  Sometimes, the entire perimeter of a building needs to be protected with some type of snow retention system.  While in other cases, it may be enough to protect specific areas, such as walkways and entrances, lower roofs, skylights, gutters, landscaping, parking areas and mechanical units.  Three rows of snow guards – a staggered pattern – will help prevent snow or ice from slipping through the gaps.

A solid, reinforced snow guard should last the life of the home.  Some snow guards can be retrofitted to work with existing slate and tile roofs.  Generally speaking, we don’t need to remove and reinstall slate or tile.


Commercial Buildings

For larger buildings, like churches, schools and commercial buildings, Deegan Roofing recommends installing a snow rail system.  Essentially a metal rail, it can extend the entire length of the roof.  It is a much stronger attachment and can typically handle a much higher amount of snow and ice.


Contact Us

Family-owned and operated, Deegan Roofing Company has been installing and servicing residential and commercial roofing customers in the New Jersey area for over 30 years.  If you are concerned about your roof surviving the upcoming winter weather or are currently experiencing roofing problems, it’s never too late to contact Deegan Roofing to get your roof inspected before winter.  Website https://www.deeganroofing.com/  Address345 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 HoursOpen 8:30 AM ⋅ Closes 5:30 PM

Phone(908) 322-6405


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