Pondering of putting in solar panels? Do not DIY

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We live in a DIY culture and a frequently asked question is “Can I install solar panels on my roof myself?” The short answer is yes, but you need to be extremely diligent and careful about it.

Yes, solar panels are durable and engineered. They are designed for moderate hail and storm damage and do not shatter immediately like normal glass. But we’re still talking about sensitive technologies made from silicon, which comes from sand – which also makes glass.

Many of these panels have come a long journey from China (where most of the panels are made) and must be packed and shipped with the utmost care to ensure they get to your home in pristine condition. It would be a shame if they were damaged when they were then put on your roof. Here are our tips for installing solar panels safely in your home without damaging them in the process.

First, consider the condition of your roof

If you have a roof that is more than 20 years old, you should have a professional checked before attempting to install solar panels on it. There can be any number of structural problems that can lead to leaks, sagging, and ultimately collapse, likely destroying your panels in the process – an expensive problem to repair.

How to wear your solar panels

Can you imagine buying a big screen TV to drop it into your living room on the way from your car? Their solar panels are very similar and require a lot of care when moving. But you don’t have to drop solar panels to dodge them. For example, trying to carry one on your shoulder is likely to result in about a 1 percent loss in performance. You need to distribute the load across your shoulders, head, and hips so a point doesn’t dig into the panel and cause damage.

How to bring your system to your roof

Forget the ladder. Even with a team of people, this method is fraught with danger and you will have to hire a special elevator or crane to get your panels up to your roof. For this reason, we always recommend investing in the expertise of a professional installer. If you’re not sure how to access or review your options, here’s how to get the best option for your needs

Don’t step on your array

That may sound like common sense, but there are still plenty of people stepping on their panels. This includes using your trunk or other blunt device to press and place the control panels. This leads to small cracks (which can be invisible to the naked eye) that lead to a power outage and shorten the life of your panels.

Do not try to do the wiring yourself

You can install panels on your roof up to a point. NEVER attempt to do the wiring yourself unless you are an experienced, licensed electrician. You’re welcome.

The consequences of errors are far too high and there are laws, regulations and safety standards that must be followed to ensure full compliance. That part has to be left to the pros – and you can sit back and relax in front of Netflix while they do it.

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