S-5! Offers Three Webinars on Solar and Snow Retention Topics

As part of the company’s mission to provide its customers with the highest level of service and customer care, S-5! is providing a series of informative webinars on a variety of solar and snow retention topics in March.

The S-5! webinars include: 

Rieles vs Fijación Directa Techos Metálicos – Spanish Only, Jueves 26 de marzo de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. MST. Presentador: Juan Carlos Fuentes, Director Internacional de Ventas, S-5! Te invitamos a nuestro Webinar exclusivo por primera vez en Español. En estos complicados tiempos, S-5! Metal Roof Innovations está comprometido con nuestros clientes en el mercado Latinoamericano. Register Now

Best Practices to Install Solar on Metal Roofs, Thursday March 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Mark Gies, Northeast Sales Representative, S-5! NABCEP Approved Earn 1.5 JTA hrs. With the demand for sustainable power on the rise, building owners and homeowners alike are turning to solar power as a supplemental power generator. Choosing the right platform for solar panels is critical to the design process and can significantly impact both initial and long-term costs. This course will cover the various types of metal roofs, how they are constructed and their numerous advantages for solar installations. Various solar mounting systems and the myriad of roof attachments will be presented along with performance and cost comparisons. Finally, other fundamental aspects of solar installation on metal roofs are discussed. Register Now

Use of Snow Guard Devices: Science or Science Fiction, Friday March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST. Presenter: Rob Haddock, CEO and Founder, S-5! The force of snow and ice on rooftops can be significant, wreaking havoc on valleys, eaves, flashings and gutters. Slippery roof surfaces can result in the sudden release of snow buildup, dumping tons of the white stuff below. Snow guard devices of every description proliferate the marketplace. Misconceptions are promulgated through “technical” articles and sales claims that espouse conjecture and mythology in place of prudent science and logic when it comes to the control of snow and its effects on-and off-rooftops. Register Now

For more information, visit https://s-5.com

Historic Home Gets a Refresh with a Striking New Copper Roof

Anyone who spends time in Connecticut finds themselves in a place with deep historical roots that stretch back to colonial times. It is an inherent part of the charm of the state and something in which residents take great pride.

Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, the copper roof maintains the traditional look and feel of the house.

Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, the copper roof maintains the traditional look and feel of the house.

There is a real, tangible window to this rich historical tradition in many of the historic homes and buildings all across the state. Great care has been taken to preserve the look and operation of many historic structures and to integrate them into the architectural fabric of communities all around Connecticut.

Like many places and institutions in the state, Litchfield County has a history that goes back to pre-Revolutionary days. Established as a county in 1719, Litchfield County was home to Harriett Beecher Stowe and was also where Sarah Pierce established in 1792 the Litchfield Female Academy, one of the first major educational institutions for women and girls in the U.S.

Today, Litchfield County has 166 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Staying true to the architectural heritage of the state is very important to the people who live there. However, just because a home or building looks like it did a few hundred years ago doesn’t mean it has to operate that way, too. Many owners of historic homes want to bring the function of their houses into modern times while still keeping the look and feel of the past.

This was the case for homeowners in Litchfield County who wanted to make some modern improvements while still preserving the traditional look and feel of their home in Sharon, Conn. For this work, the homeowners turned to the professionals at Anderson Enterprises, a general contracting building and renovation firm in Sharon. The project started with modest goals in mind but quickly grew.

“We were initially hired to replace four oak floors,” recalls Ellen Burcroff with Anderson Enterprises. “That was then extended to changing the mouldings, re-plastering, painting, renovating the third floor and master bedroom, as well as rebuilding the chimney and replacing the roof.”

Anderson Enterprises won the job after an interview. “Our goal was to get the homeowners into a more pleasing interior,” Burcroff says.

The entire home features a brass snow-retention system. PHOTO: MetalPlus LLC

The entire home features a brass snow-retention system. PHOTO: MetalPlus LLC

As part of the interior overhaul, the project included providing the home with proper ventilation and insulation. Along with delivering the performance desired by the homeowners, maintaining the traditional look and feel of the house was extremely important. Performing this kind of retrofit on a historic home without damaging the exterior often means going in through the roof, which was what was decided upon for this project. Removing the old wood shake roof meant installing a new one. The contractor believed this was a perfect time for a change.

“The customers wanted a historically authentic look,” Burcroff explains. “We strongly recommended not using wood shingles again. Ultimately, we all decided on using copper for the new roof.”

A copper roof was a perfect solution for this project for many reasons. On a performance level, the homeowners were interested in the durability and energy efficiency of copper. Aesthetically, copper delivers a striking curb appeal that is still in keeping with the historic nature of the home. And its natural patina will only enhance the look of the home over time.


With the appropriate decisions made, Anderson Enterprises’ team started work on the home. The wood shakes and wood lath were removed, exposing the rafters underneath. Fiberglass insulation was installed with about a 2-inch space left above the rafters for airflow.


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Snow-retention System Is for TPO and PVC Membranes

Sno Gem Inc. introduces the Sno Barricade TPO and PVC Membrane Deck Mount Bar snow-retention system.

Sno Gem Inc. introduces the Sno Barricade TPO and PVC Membrane Deck Mount Bar snow-retention system.

Sno Gem Inc., a snow-retention system manufacturer, introduces the Sno Barricade TPO and PVC Membrane Deck Mount Bar snow-retention system. It is a membrane-coated and pre-skirted continuous-bar snow system (patent-pending) for new construction or retrofit applications.

The base plates are custom-coated in either TPO or PVC with a standard white, gray or black. Custom colors are available to match the roofing membrane. To ensure an easy installation, Sno Barricade Membrane-Coated Diamond Series System is available with a pre-skirted target patch, heat-welded directly to the TPO- or PVC-coated base plate. Installers can heat-weld Sno Gem’s target patch to the membrane of the roof, reducing labor cost on a watertight system.

Sno Barricade Systems are available in 1- or 2-inch bar size with single, double or triple bar retention. Square or round bars are offered to best match a building’s aesthetics. The Sno Barricade Plate, an accessory to the system that prevents snow and ice from sliding under the bars, is available in mill finish or custom colors.

Clamps Accommodate Metal Roof Panels With a Horizontal Seam

S-5-H clamp and S-5-H Mini clamp

S-5-H clamp and S-5-H Mini clamp

S-5! introduces two clamps for metal roof panels. The S-5-H clamp was developed to securely and cost-effectively accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam. The S-5-H allows for attachment to a horizontal seam on the vertical leg of the seam.

The clamp’s two-piece design allows it to be installed anywhere along the length of the rib, simplifying installation. Just place the clamp on the seam, slide the insert piece into place and tighten the setscrews. After the clamp is installed, affix ancillary items using the top stainless steel bolt provided. The S-5-H can be used with the S-5! ColorGard snow retention system and other heavy-duty applications.

The S-5-H Mini is a bit shorter than the S-5-H and has one setscrew rather than two. The mini can be used for attaching a variety of rooftop accessories, including signs, walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, solar arrays, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines and mechanical equipment. S-5! mini clamps are not compatible with S-5! SnoRail/SnoFence or ColorGard snow retention systems.

One-piece Clamp Fits Standing-seam Panels with Horizontal Seams

The S-5-H90 is a one-piece clamp that was developed to accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam greater than 0.65 inch.

The S-5-H90 is a one-piece clamp that was developed to accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam greater than 0.65 inch.

The S-5-H90 is a one-piece clamp that was developed to securely and cost‑effectively accommodate metal roof panels with a horizontal seam greater than 0.65 inch.

Turning the clamp 90 degrees so that the bolt hole side is facing up, slip the clamp on the seam and tighten the setscrews. Go to the S-5! website for information about properly attaching S-5! clamps. After the clamp is installed, affix ancillary items using either of the two threaded bolt holes and bolt provided. The S-5-H90 is perfect for use with S-5! ColorGard and X-Gard snow retention systems and other heavy-duty applications.

The S-5-H90 Mini is a bit shorter than the S-5-H90 and has one setscrew and one threaded bolt hole rather than two. The mini is the choice for attaching all kinds of rooftop accessories: signs, walkways, satellite dishes, antennas, rooftop lighting, lightning protection systems, solar arrays, exhaust stack bracing, conduit, condensate lines, mechanical equipment—just about anything!*

The S-5-H90 and S-5-H90 Mini clamps are each furnished with the hardware shown to the right. Each box also includes a bit tip for tightening setscrews using an electric screw gun. The structural aluminum attachment clamp is compatible with all common metal roofing materials excluding copper. All necessary stainless steel hardware is included. Please visit www.S-5.com for more information including CAD details, metallurgical compatibilities and specifications.

The S-5-H90 clamp has been tested for load-to-failure results on a variety of horizontal standing seam roof profiles from leading panel manufacturers. The independent lab test reports can be found on the company’s website.

Add Components to Your ColorGard Snow Retention System

S-5!'s SnapClip II

S-5!’s SnapClip II

SnapClip II or SnapClip III are optional components that can be added to your S-5! ColorGard snow retention system to further retard the migration of snow. It has a special integrated rubber “foot” to prevent abrasion of the panel’s finish. SnapClip snaps onto the back of the crossmember and extends down to the flat of the roofing panel.

Snap the SnapClip onto your ColorGard crossmember after installation. One or two clips are used between seams (please visit www.S-5.com for details). Mount the SnapClip to the back of the crossmember using the lock that results with the rubber “foot” resting properly on the panel surface. When applying downward pressure on the part, the “toe” should engage the surface of the panel just before the “heel.” Screw SnapClip into place utilizing the provided stainless steel self-tapping screw.

SnapClip II has two locks and is especially made for seam heights of 1 inch (25 mm) and 1 3/4 inch (44.5 mm) snap. It will also fit 2-inch (51-mm) vertical seams but not 2 inch (51 mm) horizontal.

SnapClip III has three different locks and will work on seam heights of 1 3/4 inch (44.5 mm) up to 3 inches (76 mm).

Mount Snow-retention Systems and Solar Panels

S-5!'s VersaGard

S-5!’s VersaGard

VersaGard is a strong, versatile and affordable exposed-fastened solution for mounting snow retention and solar panels. It is compatible with almost any trapezoidal, exposed-fastened profile. VersaGard comes with factory-applied butyl sealant already in the base; the S-5!-patented reservoir conceals the sealant from UV exposure, preventing drying and cracks. A VersaGard pipe snow-retention system functions without cluttering the lines of the roof. It also can be used in lieu of an L-foot to support the installation of photovoltaic panels. VersaGard works with most rail or racking systems and can be oriented parallel or perpendicular to the roof line.

Snow-retention Solution for Almost Any Metal Roofing Profile

X-Clip from S-5!

X-Clip from S-5!

X-Gard snow-retention solution from S-5! can be designed as a one- or two-pipe system spanning up to 48 inches. X-Gard is mechanically attached with patented round-point setscrews, gripping seams securely without penetration or damage to the panel’s protective finishes. Two clamps with each bracket and the unique shape of the NEX 2.0 pipe enables a properly installed X-Gard system to provide a reliable snow-retention solution in a wide variety of situations. The X-Clip is an aluminum component that slows the migration of snow and ice beneath the X-Gard NEX 2.0 Pipe. Its integrated rubber “foot” prevents abrasion of the panel’s finish.

Sno Gem Celebrates 20th Anniversary

As Sno Gem Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014, it is an opportunity to reflect on its journey from start-up to the forefront of the snow retention industry.

Like many businesses, Sno Gem was born out of necessity. The Smeja family had founded Metalmaster Sheet Metal Inc. in 1977, which was growing into one of the largest commercial sheet metal and roofing businesses in the industry. They came to realize there were few snow guard manufacturers, to meet the increasing demand for snow retention products, and for integration into the roofs they were consistently installing. “The roofing business was growing and they were doing a large portion of the work in the Chicagoland area,” says James T. Carpenter, Vice President of Operations at Sno Gem. “The business was consistently buying snow guards for their projects and at one point, the Smeja family made the decision to design their own snow guard.”

The Sno Gem “Original” Polycarbonate design was the initial snow guard product developed by the company. With the Smeja family incurring decades of combined architectural sheet metal experience, it was essential to create this snow guard to have a large base for securement and attachment, that’s when the 25 square-inch base was created, which was more than any other snow guard found within the industry. This meant additional surface area to bond to the roof panel with, and thus, creating increased attachment strength per unit. Another similar product offering was the Sno Gem Junior Polycarbonate design. This is a snow guard with a 12.5 square-inch bonding surface and a narrower base. The design of the Junior model was ideal for metal panel systems, with intermediate ribs, and/or corrugated metal panels which are more common with pre-engineered metal buildings and post-frame building systems and designs.

“The Smejas are an innovative and business-minded family,” Carpenter says. “Early profits were directly invested back into the company and they consistently increased their marketing budgets by advertising in more trade publications and attending industry trade shows. These efforts increased market awareness of all of the Sno Gem products, for consumers, architects and contractors.”

Sno Gem has consistently been quick to react to the latest in consumer demands, industry trends and has developed snow retention systems for slate, shingle and membrane roofing since their inception. The Sno Barricade was Sno Gem’s first bar snow retention system for standing seam metal roofing applications and is now one of the company’s most popular systems. The Sno Barricade can be finished in either a powder coating application, or with a Kynar finish to match any roof panel finish and color.

More recent innovations include the iClad and Sno Blockade snow retention systems, both are bar/fence systems made of aircraft-grade aluminum extrusions. These designs are compatible with most standing seam metal roofing systems currently on the market. These innovative products draw their strength from Sno Gem’s unique attachment design of the patent-pending WaveLock Technology. WaveLock Technology features three or five points of attachment and is designed to maximize the system’s strength, without piercing, marring, or penetrating the roof panel, or its finish. Sno Gem also recently introduced the PV Cube, a clamp-to-seam solar panel racking and mounting system attachment product, which also employs the same patent-pending WaveLock Technology.

“We’re proud of the innovations that Sno Gem has introduced into the industry over the past 20 years and we’re looking forward to working with our customers to meet their needs in the future,” says Rock Smeja, third-generation family business member and Vice President of Marketing. “We remain very hands-on, within the day-to-day operations of Sno Gem, to ensure that we are always on the cutting-edge of not only snow retention, but the overall industry as well.”

SnowGuard System Features All-aluminum Construction

LMCurbs SnowGuard System using the newly developed LMClamp

LMCurbs SnowGuard System using the newly developed LMClamp

LMCurbs has released its LMCurbs SnowGuard System using the newly developed LMClamp. The new products were developed to extend LMCurbs’ product offerings in the Snow Retention and Utility Clamp Market.

With over 20 years in the snow retention market, LMCurbs has gained immense knowledge in what customers require in a snow guard system for metal roofs. A continuous system, simple to install year round, non penetrating, quality, all aluminum construction with stainless steel hardware, test results with proven holding strength, economical, with multiple configuration options.

The same clamps can be used for utility applications (solar mounting, roof walks, satellites dishes, antennas, lightening protection systems, exhaust stack bracing, condensate lines, mechanical equipment, and many other utility applications).

For over 30 years, LMCurbs has experienced tremendous growth in the metal building market by staying committed to manufacturing and supplying only quality products. LMCurbs product lines include roof curbs, snow retention systems, utility attachments, skylights, smoke vents, roof hatches, louvers, roof walk, exhaust fans, and solar mounts.