Asphalt Shingles in Snow
Admin Admin June 14, 2022

Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing materials and durability is good for their price. But it is also well known that asphalt shingles are not the advisable roofing material in places with cold and wet weather conditions as they can be damaging to the material.

The asphalt shingles can be water-absorbent and when snow is present on top of it, moisture can penetrate the shingles which can cause them to curl or warp. And if it is exposed to sudden weather change or hotter temperature, this can crack, blister, or loose granules. Lastly, if you have missing or damaged shingles, snow can turn into water or moisture that could leak through your roof. 

Roof shingles are being installed on a slope and if properly installed with proper ventilation and insulation, snow can just fall off. But not all snow is the same, some are heavier and if snow happens continuously, the snow can accumulate on the roof which means the excessive weight that can cause your roof to sag or collapse and destroy your roofing support. 

But worry no more because of the innovation in the roofing industry, there are things you can do to protect your asphalt shingle roof during these cold and wet days! So what can you do? Invest in snow guards! 

Snow guards are equipment installed on your roof to help with the melting of ice and snow which lessens the chances of ice dams, roof avalanches, and/or excessive accumulated weight. 

There are two types of snow guards, the snowbird snow guard, and the snow railing snow guard. 

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Snow Bird Snow Guard

Asphalt Shingles in Snow

Snowbird components are the snow guard system, a fastener (that should be compatible with the metal of the snow guard and shall be a strength maximum of equal to the snow guard), and sealant if necessary. 

The spacing and placement of the snowbird depend from region to region and are influenced by the slope, the length, the run, and other information. Shingles will be lifted and snowbirds are being inserted and nailed down properly to not cause any leaks. 

Contact professional roofers and contractors for proper installation and have an adequate number of snow guards around your roof shingles. 

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Snow Rail Snow Guard

Asphalt Shingles in Snow

Snow rail components are the snow guard system, bracket assembly, cylindrical tube, screws, and end cap. Snow rails are installed in a uniform spacing and in sufficient quantity. Other factors that affect the spacing of the tube are region to region, the slope, the length, location, and the severity or amount of snow being accumulated. 

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Contact professional roofers and contractors for proper installation and have an adequate number of snow guards around your roof shingles. 

Snow guards are not necessary but are an investment to protect your roof from any damage or to longer the service life of your roofing system. Because of the snow guard, the snow will be melted and turn into liquid which is much easier in disposing of the snow as it flows like water.

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Before installing a snow guard, make sure that there are no hidden defects or damages on your roof that can worsen over time or with the installation of the snow guards. 


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