Home and business owners who are considering having solar panels installed often wonder what sort of care and maintenance their solar array will need. The fear of difficult maintenance might even keep some home and business owners from contacting Edmonton roofing companies for solar panel installation. Well, there’s no need to worry, because solar panel care could not be any more simple and straightforward. Here are some tips from the Edmonton and Sherwood Park roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. about solar panel maintenance and care.
Cleaning: The Most Important Part of Solar Panel Maintenance
Solar panels don’t have any moving parts, which means that care and maintenance is all about making sure that your panels are clean and functioning optimally. Rain is usually highly effective at removing any dirt, dust, bird droppings, or pollen that has settled on a solar panel array. If, however, it doesn’t rain for a while, then the layer of debris can actually cause a significant decline in your system’s output. In this case, you’ll have to clean the panels yourself.
All you need to clean a solar panel array is a garden hose and a squeegee attached to an extension pole. It’s best to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, if possible. A well-directed spray from the hose might be all that’s needed to get your panels sparkling clean again. For more caked-on debris, you can use some soapy water and your squeegee.
The best time to clean a solar panel array is in the morning or in the evening. When solar panels are heated up by the sun, water can evaporate too quickly and may leave behind unsightly smudges.
What to Look Out for When Cleaning Your Solar Panels
Cleaning your solar panels from time to time will provide you with the opportunity to inspect your array for any signs of damage. Though solar panels are built to be durable, extreme weather may sometimes cause cracks to develop. Extreme weather can contribute to loose and damaged wiring as well, as can animal activity. Regular cleaning will likewise allow you to spot a panel that may be wearing down faster than your other panels due to faulty manufacturing, in which case you’ll be able to make a warranty claim.
While cleaning your panels you’ll also want to note whether any of your landscaping has grown to cast shadows over them. Shade will decrease your panels’ output, so any overgrown trees will need to be trimmed back.
Interested in Solar Panels? Contact Your Edmonton Roofers Today
If you’d like to take advantage of the numerous benefits of solar panels, then the Edmonton roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. are here to help. We’ll let you know if your roof is well-suited for solar panel installation, and we can provide you with roof repair in Edmonton to make sure that your new solar panels have a sturdy base to sit on.
For more information on solar panels or to receive a quote for solar panel installation, don’t hesitate to contact A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. today.