Assemble snow guard - that's how it works professionally

If you want to prevent snow from sliding off your roof during warmer weather and cause damage, it is best to have snow guards on your pitched roof. How to attach such grids, where to attach them and what to pay attention to, tells you the following instructions.

Snow guards - what matters

During thawing, snow masses on the roof can easily slip. The partially icy snow can then fall down either people or parked vehicles hit - but you are then liable as a homeowner.

Snow guards keep the snow masses before they reach the edge of the roof. But first they have to be high enough and secondly stable enough. And, of course, they have to be at the right place, depending on the pressure of the snow masses.

Which type of snow guards you require can also be determined using the DIN standard - the so-called standard snow load, the roof pitch and the total roof area can be used to determine which restraint measures are required.

Snow guards and snow catch hook in combination

Under very difficult conditions, it may be necessary to install not only snow guards but also snow guard hooks on the roof to reliably prevent the snow from slipping off.

However, under certain circumstances, there may be problems with existing storm clips. In problematic cases, you should in any case agree with the roofer of your confidence in a subsequent installation.

However, this has already been done right from the outset when mounting the roof when roofing in, and it also saves you the installation costs associated with retrofitting.

Factors that affect the pressure of the snow masses on the roof

  • the standard snow load - generally a fixed size
  • the roof pitch
  • the size of the roof area

Depending on how these values ​​fail, you must design the mounted snow retention systems accordingly.

Mount snow guard - this is how it's done professionally

  • Snow hampers
  • brackets
  • suitable screws
  • screwdriver
  • Wrench, if necessary
  • possibly spatula or narrow trowel for removing the tiles

1. Create a stable work platform

When setting up a scaffold or ladder, both must reach at least to the edge of the roof and be properly secured. Remember, a slip or a misstep and a subsequent fall can easily mean your death from that height. So be careful.

2. Mounting the brackets

The guards for the snow guards are firmly bolted to the rafters. This means that you must remove the roof tiles in the appropriate places.

Depending on the type of brick, you must first remove the side and top overlapping bricks, or, for flat bricks, the two above them.

After removal of the respective brick, the holder can be screwed to the rafter. The standard is the installation behind the second tile row. Only in individual cases may other mounting points be indicated.

3. Re-attach roof tiles

Then replace the roof tiles in reverse order, making sure they are properly attached. Flat tiles do not need to be nailed down again, they last.

4. Attach the snow guards to the brackets

Hang the grids in the brackets, align them exactly, and then fully tighten them. This ensures a safe and correct fit.

Tips & Tricks

If your roof tiles are secured with storm clips, ask your roofer for the best installation - sometimes problems can arise here.

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