In Spearfish, South Dakota, the average snowfall is 70.5 inches a year. So when Weather-Tite Exteriors was hired to re-roof St. Joseph Catholic Church, they knew a critical part of the project would be adding a dependable snow retention system.
The project was extensive. It included removing batten metal panels from the large sanctuary roof plus the office and fellowship hall. Once the old roof was removed, the skilled Weather-Tite team installed 12 squares of TPO membrane followed by 173 square of EuroShield's Vermont Slate hail proof roofing. The "slippery nature" of the synthetic roofing made from 95% recycled rubber tires made it necessary for a comprehensive snow guard system to be included in the redesign of the roof. As he has for the past seven years, Nick Hildebrand, Project Manager at Weather-Tite Exteriors in Rapid City, SD, turned to Rocky Mountain Snow Guards for a solution.
"We always rely on Rocky Mountain Snow Guards to recommend the snow retention products that will work the best with our projects, says Hildebrand. "In this case it was the Yeti 18 in a dark bronze finish to complement the roof. These snow guards were installed over the entire church roof, with the exception of the low sloped areas, to help prevent avalanching of melting snows on the people and property. My team agrees that the Yeti guards were easy to work with and are made with high quality materials".
"We hope to continue growing our relationship with the Yeti products and Rocky Mountain Snow Guards for years to come."
Wide Face Area on Yeti Snow Guards - Created with an appealing gusseted half round design, the Yeti Series of snow guards can handle loads in excess of 800 pounds. The .40" thick aluminum snow guards combine greater strength and a larger pad area like the company's Rocky Guard (RG) snow guards with the half-round style of our SnowTrapper (ST) snow guards.
Yeti snow guards feature a flange around the pad face to hold snow in place so it can't slide side to side. With the flange included, the face area of the Yeti is more than five square inches. These snow guards come in different lengths and styles (6", 9", 11", 18" and 11" Tile Hook) for use with asphalt, metal, concrete tile and synthetic roofing. All Yeti products are available in pre-coated and custom powder coated aluminum or copper.
Success with Yeti 18 - "We installed 1,975 of the Yeti 18 snow guards on this church project," says Hildebrand. "Rocky Mountain Snow Guards took our roof profile and did a free product placement take off. We knew exactly where to install the snow guards for maximum effectiveness."
"St. Joseph Catholic Church is very pleased with the roof and the snow retention system. Yeti is now our 'go to' snow guard and Rocky Mountain Snow Guards is our company for any type of snow guard needs."