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4 Main Causes of Solar Panel Damage

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Four Main Culprits That Can Result In Panel Damage

As green solutions and sustainability become more important, solar panels have gained popularity. Installing them on the roof of your Lafayette, LA, home means generating your own energy. Although a big investment, they are thoroughly tested and designed to last more than 20 years. Unfortunately, their durability doesn’t make them entirely resistant to damage. Regular inspections can help ensure they last as they should. It’s also important to know the four main culprits that can result in panel damage.

1. Falling Debris
Like normal roof damage, falling twigs and branches have the potential to create micro scratches that can decrease their output. If the branch is big enough, it could result in a break. Pollen, bird droppings and other lightweight natural phenomena could potentially create cracks, which won’t allow the sunlight to properly penetrate the solar cells.

2. Dirt
It can be easy to forget how dirty the outdoors really are. High winds can stir up dust and dirt that start to settle on the panels, again resulting in them not working as efficiently. If not regularly cleaned, it could result in long-term issues.

3. Hail
Most panels are crafted with a durable, tempered glass that can withstand high winds and around 1-inch hail. If there is enough pressure, a hailstorm may still result in panel damage. Installing smaller panels is one way to avoid worrying about hail.

4. Water Leaks
The installation process involves tightly sealing the panels to ensure water doesn’t seep through. If that seal is broken or there are micro scratches, discoloration and short circuits can happen. Since they are on the roof, if the leak isn’t quickly taken care of, it could result in extensive roof damage that requires the assistance of a water damage remediation and restoration expert.
While panel damage from storms is rare, it can happen. If the panels are older, the chances for issues can arise. Being aware and taking steps to keep them in good shape can help your home create solar energy for years to come.

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