Homeowners usually prefer to install solar panels on rooftops. Not only does this area of the building receive the maximum amount of sunlight, but it also keeps the equipment out of harm’s way. But what if the threat came from above and not below? Would your solar panels be able to withstand the onslaught of nature? After all, the weather is a capricious thing, and hailstorms have been known to cause millions of dollars’ worth of property damage across the United States almost every year. What’s stopping a large hailstone from dropping on one of your solar panels and damaging it? Let’s find out below.
Most solar panels are a lot stronger than you think, and it’s all because of the addition of a protective housing. Homeowners no longer need to worry about any damage to their solar cells from dust, moisture, and projectiles. The solar product manufacturers have developed the housing to act as a weather barrier. The whole system is extremely durable thanks to the inclusion of a gap between the silicon panel and tempered glass/acrylic plastic sheet. Not even a large blow can shatter this system. Moreover, most companies use solar cells that have been tested against hail impact during the certification process. Solar panels with protective casings can resist two-inch diameter hailstones traveling at 50 miles an hour.
The inner silicon solar cells are fragile and crack under pressure. This is why manufacturers have adopted the practice of housing them inside a protective casing. You can easily replace the housing when it gets damaged due to a hailstorm. Compared to the cost of replacing the entire solar panel, housing replacement is a relatively minor expense.
Additional Protection for Your Roof
Hail often rips through roofing materials, leaving holes that require expensive repairs. Any delay in replacing the holes can lead to bigger problems like the weakening of structural beams and water damage, but the section of your roof covered with solar panels is well-protected against hail damage. When a hailstone strikes the protective housing, it either bounces off the roof or breaks up into chunks.
Hail is a natural disaster that can prove fatal for your home. However, when you install solar panels with protective housing on your rooftops, not only do they resist the onslaught but even deflect the hailstones from your roof, thereby adding an extra layer of protection. Solar panels along with other solar-powered products are a good investment for your house and the environment. Contact us, and we will guide you through the selection and installation process.