Clamp On Or Adhesive SNow Guards

Certain snow guard manufacturers or roofing contractors will recommend an adhesive or glue on type of snow guards for your metal roof.

There are a variety of reasons why adhering snow guards onto your roof may be an ineffective method in the design of a long-lasting and safe snow guard system.

Reason 1:

Adhesives tend to break down over time. So, adhered snow guards may work out for the 1st few years but over time, they may come off when a load is applied (like snow piling up behind them).

Reason 2:

Adhesives requires certain conditions in order to cure and these ideal conditions may only exist within a small window of time in many areas where snow retention is desired. The following is an actual installation procedure from an adhesive snow guard manufacturer;

For a successful installation the adhesive requires 28 days or (672 Hours) at 50 Degrees (F) or above to achieve full cure. Temperatures below 40 Degrees (F) will delay cure time, until temperatures reach 50 Degrees (F) or above to completely cure. Spring, Summer or early Fall is the best time to install adhesive mounted snow guards

Unless you can control the weather there really is NO perfect time to install an adhesive snow guard. A mechanically fastened or clamp to seam snow guard system can be installed

ANY time of the year.

Reason 3:

Adhered snow guards have much lower load ratings than mechanically fastened or clamp to seam style snow guards. Therefore, many more are required to stabilize the snow load.


THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN IN SASKATEWAN IN MID DECEMBER. THE ADHESIV TYPE OFSNOW GUARDS
WERE MISSING. THE XGARD SYSTEM FROM S-5! WAS INSTALLED THAT WEEK IN -20 DEGREE CELCIUS WEATHER.


Sky Products does not recommend or promote any adhesive or glue on type of snow guard for the reasons above. When it comes to installing snow guards or any other attachment solution on a standing seam roof, Sky Products recommends S-5!® products. Still have doubts that a mechanically attached or clamp on snow guard is better, then why do the adhesive snow guard manufacturers offer mechanically attached or clamp on systems as

well. Still need more convincing; S-5! has performed over 500 load tests for clamp to seam strength over the years and S-5! Clamps have been used on over 1.6 million roofs worldwide. The best part is, they are the originator and not the copycat.