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Snow guards for metal roofs are the best snow retention solutions you can get. Metal snow guards help to prevent snow and ice from 'avalanching' and damaging your property and being a threat to vehicles and pedestrians. We install steel roof snow stoppers and ice guards in Victoria British Columbia.

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When it comes to metal roof snow stops, they serve many purposes and help to protect your home. Roof snow guards provide many benefits such as:

  1. Prevents avalanches of snow and ice
  2. Stops ice "damming" on roof's edge
  3. Prevents damage to eavestroughs
  4. Provides durable, long-lasting protection


Snow guards prevents snow and ice from avalanching onto your property below.


Metal roof snow guards help to stop ice from damaging the edge of your roof.


With the use of snow stoppers, your eavestroughs don't have the added weight of ice.


Metal snow stoppers are extremely durable and last for decades.

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In Ontario (Canada), heavy snowfalls and freezing rains are very common. Snow sliding off your metal roof can cause serious harm to the roof, eavestroughs, landscaping, vehicles, and pedestrians below. Roof snow guards and ice guards for metal roofs are designed to keep snow on your roof until it can safely melt and dissipate. 

If you are constantly dealing with snow or ice avalanches, metal snow guards are the perfect snow retention system for both residential and commercial roofs. At Victoria Metal Roofing, we are full service snow stoppers installers for metal roofs in Victoria British Columbia. The snow guards we use are tested to withstand even the heaviest snow loads.

When installing snow stops on metal roofs, our installers precisely lay the guards in staggered rows over your roof. By staggering the metal snow guards, it distributes the weight of the snow evenly on the roof. Each guard is firmly attached directly to the roof surface.

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How much do metal roof snow guards cost?While we highly recommend steel roof snow guards, plastic snow guards cost around $3.00 - $7.00 per part and metal snow guards cost $5.00 - $20 per part.

How many snow guards do I need on my roof?- For roofs sloped more than 2/12 and up to 6/12, install two rows or sets of staggered guards, two feet on center.
- For roofs sloped at 6/12 and steeper, install two rows or sets of snow guards in straight lines (not staggered) across the roof eaves.
- For metal loop wire type snow hooks or snow guards, since these devices have a smaller surface area compared to flat or bar type snow guards, they need to be installed in multiple staggered rows over half or more of the roof surface.
- For snow brakes, snow fences or snow rails, install a single continuous system across the roof eaves, about 1 to 3 feet above the eavestroughs.

How long do metal snow guards last?The service life of stainless steel or copper snow guards is comparable to the service life of a metal roof, i.e. over 50 years.

What are the best snow guards for metal roofs?Snow guards are typically made of stainless steel, zinc-coated steel, copper, or aluminium, but polycarbonate and plastic are also available. Our roofing experts strongly advise installing zinc-coated steel guards because they are heavy-duty, durable, and reasonably priced. Plastic and polycarbonate snow guards will eventually break, chip and fracture.

Where should snow guards be placed on a metal roof?Snow guards should always be placed on the lower half of the roof plane. Depending on the system, snow guards for metal roofs can be installed in a straight line or staggered in multiple rows.


When it comes to snow guards for metal roofs, there are three different types (snow guards, fence-style and bar-style snow guards). The type of snow guard you need on your roof depends on a number of factors. All snow guards work to prevent snow and ice from avalanching, but certain ones will work better for different slopes and styles of roofing. Let's take a look at each style below. 


When people think of “snow guards”, these guards commonly come to mind. They are individual units that are attached in a staggered pattern, usually to the flat part of the metal roof but can sometimes be clamped to the seam. To keep them in place, the guards can be adhered with liquid adhesive, tape or screwed to the decking. Snow guards are suitable for use on standing seam metal roofs, through fastened metal panel roofs, and most metal shingles.

Snow guards are referred to by many different names including snow cleats, snow birds, snow pads and snow stops. They come in a few different sizes with the most common being small (less than 4 square inches) and large profile snow guards (more than 4 square inches). The most common snow guard materials are metal/steel and plastic.


The pad area (face) of a small profile snow guard is less than 4 square inches in length. This type acts as a friction to keep snow in place. Small snow guards are usually laid staggered starting near the the bottom of the roof and working its way up. Generally, there is a higher density of small profile snow guards installed near the bottom with a lighter density higher up.


Large profile snow guards have a pad face of more than 4 square inches and act like a snow movement barrier (more like a snow fence). The pad face area of some large profile snow guards can be as large as 15 square inches.

This type of snow guard is typically installed in a straight or slightly staggered row 12" from the eave edge. Additional rows may be required for steeper pitches, longer eave-to-peak dimensions, and roofs with higher maximum snow loads.


This type of snow guard is a continuous length of rectangular metal "bar" installed horizontally across the metal roof to form a snow and ice barrier. With their streamlined modern styling, Bar-Style snow guards look very clean on the roof. Depending on the roof pitch, distance from the eave to the peak, and snow load, only one row is usually needed. Some projects will require the use of multiple rows to handle the load.

To attach these snow guards onto a roof, installers secure brackets by either screwing them onto the decking or clamping them to the seams (only with a standing seam roof). The bar is then attached to the brackets and firmly set in place.


Fence-style snow guards are similar to bar-style snow guards, but instead of a single bar, these systems have two or more vertically oriented tubes (similar to a split rail fence). Fence-style snow guards are commonly used on custom homes and in situations where home or business owners want a more traditional look.

Most fence-style snow guard systems are extremely durable. These are widely used in alpine areas where snow loads exceed 75 pounds per square foot and can be much higher.

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