Sneak Peek: Brookline snow guard
Tommy figures out how to make a flat roof safer in winter
The rubber, nearly flat roof of the Brookline mid-century-modern house suits the architectural style of the home, but Tom Silva had other concerns in mind after installing it.
“After a New England snowstorm, you just might have the right conditions for a snow or ice avalanche coming off that roof,” says Tom.
To address the issue, he installed pipe-style snow guards in the area of the roof near the main entrances to the home. Made of a length of metal pipe with regularly spaced brackets, the snow guards create a barricade; they’re designed to hold the snow in place so that it can melt gradually instead of letting large pieces of snow and ice slide off the roof and onto people or property below.
One key to the installation is properly flashing the spot where each bracket is attached to the roof.