Can I install Alpine SnowGuards on an existing roof?

Yes, we have a wide variety of snow guard options that will work on existing roofs or new roof construction.

What roof types are Alpine SnowGuards compatible with?

We make a snow guard for all roof types—metal, shingle, tile, slate, membrane, solar panels and everything in between. You can learn more by visiting our Our Products page and search for the best fit for your needs or click here to view our simple application chart.

Where should snow guards be placed?

Snow guards should be placed on all roof surfaces to protect against snow damage below. It is especially important to install them above entryways, walkways, gathering areas, landscaping, parking areas, ground-mounted mechanicals, lower roofs, valleys, crickets, gutters, and vents.

Are Alpine SnowGuards available in a color to match my roof?

Yes, we offer pre-painted Kynar stock using the Firestone Una-Clad color system. We also offer powder-coating options using the RAL TIGER Drylac® exterior powder coating system.

Who should install snow guards?

We recommend installation by trained professionals, such as roofing contractors or gutter installation companies.

Do snow guards keep all the snow and ice on the roof?

No. Our snow guards are specifically designed to prevent entire roof loads of snow from dumping or avalanching all at once. Small amounts of snow and ice will still melt off.


Will snow guards prevent icicles from forming?

Inadequate insulation, air leaks and improper ventilation can cause a build-up of water between the snow and the roof surface, resulting in the formation of icicles. Snow guards will not prevent icicles from forming.

How many snow guards will I need?

This depends on several factors including roof slope, rafter length, building orientation and snow load. You can sign up to start using our Online Project Calculator, to receive free recommended layouts.

Where can I purchase Alpine SnowGuards?

Our snow guards are available directly from Alpine SnowGuards, as well as through many building supply companies and distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you are looking for a distributor near you, please give us a call 1-888-766-4273 or email us at

When should you remove roof snow?

Our snow guards are designed to help keep snow and ice from avalanching off the roof all at once causing damage to structures, landscaping, vehicles and people below. When more snow than expected accumulates on the roof, it should be removed to avoid damage to the roof, the building structure and anything below. Heavy snowfalls, drifting, and the gradual accumulation of snow and ice are conditions that can lead to roof collapses. Homeowners and business owners should remove excessive snow from roofs, if it can be done so safely and without risk of injury. Special attention should be paid to the height of your roof and the possibility of injury in a fall. Those who are not able to safely clear their roofs should call a contractor experienced in roof snow removal.

You should also be aware of the health hazards of moving such heavy snow. Over exertion during snow removal can cause a range of health problems, including back injuries and heart attacks. Roof Snow Removal