Get ready for winter with a snow retention system for your metal roof.

Winter snow can pose a significant threat to any roofing system. If snow builds up on one area of the roof it can cause damage to the roof or to the underlying structures. On the other hand, if it runs off the roof freely, then it may cause damage to objects below, or even personal injury. Don’t let your property go unprotected any longer. There are a number of snow retention options to choose from.

Snow Retention System Designs

It is important to design a proper snow retention system for a roof that will reduce the chance of large amounts of snow falling off in one particular spot at once. There is no specific building code for metal roof snow retention or guard systems, which means that best practices have to come out of logic and observation. Proper investigation of annual snowfall levels, roof pitch and panel profile are all items that should be considered in this process.

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The most common mistake is to mount a guard only at the eaves of the roof. This allows snow and ice to build up speed and damage or break the guards. This design also encourages uneven loading, with snow and ice primarily sitting on the lower part of the roof. Instead, staggered rows of guards should be used, each mounted in the panel valley (not on the ridge – snow moves primarily in the valleys).

When choosing a snow guard system for a metal roof, it is important to use the highest quality materials and to closely follow the manufacturers’ guidelines for installation. If the retention system has a practical & functional design, is installed according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions and is made from quality materials, it will keep the snow evenly spread across your metal roof until the spring melt.

That’s Where We Come In

Choosing a manufacturer is your first step in the process. You want to buy from a company that has proven products that meet or exceed local building codes. Our experts here at Protech Products are well versed on the various S-5! snow retention systems on the market today and we highly recommend using their products. We can help you design the perfect system for your roof to alleviate any worries about potential hazards from excessive snowfall. Whatever your application, we have the solution.

Snow Retention Systems from S-5!


color guard snow retention systemThe only snow retention system good enough to be warranted for the life of the roof. Unlike other snow guards that yellow and fail over time, ColorGard’s unsurpassed holding strength controls snow migration with a perfect color-match that lasts the life of the roof.






DualGuard snow retention systemDualGard™

DualGard™ is the most versatile 1 inch two-pipe snow retention system for all standing seam roof applications. DualGard utilizes two patented S-5! Mini clamps for extra strength versus other two-pipe systems. All DualGard components can be used with VersaGard and VersaGard V, offering a complete snow retention system for exposed fasten roofs.



SnoRail™ and SnoFence™

SnowFence snow retention systemOffered in aluminum or brass, our snow fences are designed to manage snow migration on standing seam metal roofing. Their clean lines, cylindrical shapes and high-tech appearance make these snow guards the favorite choice of architects and roof designers.







XGard snow retention systemIt can be designed as a one – or two-pipe system spanning up to 42″ seams. Tests have proven the X-Gard™, with the amazingly strong NeX-Pipe™, to be the strongest pipe-system on the market.





VersaGard snow retention systemVersaGard™ is compatible with almost any trapezoidal, exposed-fastened profile. No messy sealants to apply! No chance for leaks! VersaGard comes with factory-applied butyl sealant already in the base, and the S-5!®-patented reservoir conceals the sealant from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks.





This brochureSnow Retention System Brochure will give you much of the information you need to help you decide which system will work best for you. Once you review it, please give us a call at 1-800-334-9815 to discuss your particular application so that we can help you design the perfect system that will meet all your needs.


Toni has been Protech's eCommerce Manager for over two years and writes our articles and posts to enable our customers to be more informed and educated on the products we sell.

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