Protecting roof-top solar panels from debris 05 January 2024

With a growing number of households turning to solar panels in a bid to reduce their environmental impact and slash soaring heating bills, maintaining such installations and keeping them free of debris can be challenging. Soggy leaves, persistent moisture and stubborn dirt can create a breeding ground for mould, which compromises the roof itself and its ability to support the weight of the solar panels. 

The framework supporting the panels also provides perches for birds, resulting in a build-up of avian debris, including corrosive droppings beneath the panels. Some solutions to prevent this involve drilling onto the panels, but this risks costly damage to the panel and voiding its warranty. 

To address these issues, Essex-based family business, Samac Fixings, has launched Solarguard® Pro, which the company says is an easy-to-fit roofing solution designed to keep debris and birds from getting underneath solar panels, and removes the need for potentially damaging drilling. 

The company says its Solarguard® Pro, which is suitable for use on all solar panels with a U-profile, is easily retrofitted and safeguards up to eight solar panels. The system is installed by fixing two corner pieces to the highest row of panels, positioning its guard sections between them and securing these in place with mounting clamps. Each pack includes 20 guards, four corner guards, and 108 mounting clamps. The new system also comes with a 10 year warranty. 

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