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Using snow guards for metal roofs is the best snow retention solution you can get. Metal snow guards protect your property and those on it by keeping snow and ice from 'avalanching’ and sliding off. In Barrie, Ontario, we install steel roof snow stoppers and ice guards.

Fence Style Snow Stoppers in Barrie winters
Fence Style Snow Stoppers in Barrie winters



With a standing seam metal roofing system, you never have to worry about re-roofing again. Standing seam provide many benefits such as:

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


Fence Style Snow Stoppers in Barrie winters


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.

ice guards for metal roofs in Barrie Ontario



In Ontario (Canada), common winter weather is heavy snowfalls and freezing rains. Once snow and ice begins to slide off your metal roof, it can cause major damage/harm to the roof, eavestroughs, landscaping, vehicles and pedestrians below. The purpose of roof snow guards and ice guards for metal roofs is to keep snow on your roof until it can safely melt and dissipate. 

If you are constantly dealing with falling ice or snow avalanches, metal snow guards are the perfect snow retention system for both residential and commercial roofs. At Conley’s Metal Roofing, we are full service snow stopper installers for metal roofs in Barrie Ontario. Each snow guard we use has been tested to withstand even the heaviest loads of ice and snow.

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.

ice guards for metal roofs in Barrie Ontario


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How much do metal roof snow guards cost?While our roofing company highly recommends going with steel roof snow guards, plastic snow guards are available. Plastic guards cost around $3.00 - $7.00 per part where as metal snow guards cost $5.00 - $20 per part.

Where should snow guards be placed on a metal roof?Snow guards should typically be secured on the lower half of the roof plane. However, this can change depending on some roofs. Snow guard for metal roofs are commonly installed in a straight line or staggered in multiple rows.

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 of staggered guards, two feet on centre.
- For roofs sloped at 6/12 and steeper, install two rows of snow guards in straight lines (not staggered) across the roof eaves.
- For metal loop wire type snow hooks or snow guards, install multiple rows of staggered guards across over half or more of the roof surface. Since these types of snow guards have a smaller surface area compared to flat or bar type snow guards, there needs to be more rows.
- For snow brakes, snow fences or snow rails, install a single continuous row across the roof eaves, about 1 to 3 feet above the eavestroughs.

What are the best snow guards for metal roofs?It’s common for snow guards to be made of metals such as 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 also fairly affordable. Plastic and polycarbonate snow guards, as cheap as they are, will eventually break, chip and fracture.

How long do metal snow guards last?Just like metal roofs, the service life of stainless steel or copper snow guards is at least 50 years.


When it comes to snow guards for metal roofs, there are three main styles (snow guards, fence-style and bar-style snow guards). When our installers choose a type of snow guard for your roof, a number of factors are considered. Every snow guard will stop snow and ice from avalanching, but certain ones work better for different slopes and roof materials. Let's take a look at each style below. 


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

Snow guards are often referred to by many different names including snow cleats, snow birds, snow pads and snow stops. While they come in a few different sizes, the most common sizes are small profile guards (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. This guard works by acting as a friction to keep snow and ice from sliding. Small snow guards are usually laid staggered starting near the the bottom of the roof and working their way up. Generally, installers instal a higher density of small profile snow guards near the bottom of the roof with a lighter density the further 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 big 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.


Bar-style snow guards are a continuous length of a rectangular metal "bar" installed horizontally across the metal roof that forms a snow and ice barrier. With their streamlined modern appearance, bar-style snow guards look very clean and minimal against a roof. Depending on the pitch of the roof, the distance from the eave to the peak, and the snow load present, only one row is often needed. Some roofs however will require several rows to handle the load.

To attach these snow guards onto a roof, our 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 set in place and firmly attached to the brackets.


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. This style of ice guard also creates a tractional look which can be appealing to some homeowners.

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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