Once installed, you will get at least a 30 years out of your residential solar panel system. That’s practically a lifetime in terms of the time someone would spend in their house.
The great thing about any form of solar construction, be it on your roof or on its own supported structure somewhere on your property is that it needs very little maintenance. That said, it doesn’t mean that it needs no maintenance at all.
Every couple of months, it is necessary to clean off the panels themselves as dust, dirt, grime and bird droppings can cause them to lose their ability to absorb sunlight as effectively as they should.
For the birds
In some cases, birds can be a real problem, especially if your solar panels are situated on a high roof. Just think about it. Birds love nothing more than to sit around and watch the world go by and a nice set of solar panels make a great place for them to do this.
Not only can they scan the world for food but it gives them excellent visibility to check for any possible predators as well. And that’s during the day. During the night, some species might actually make their nests under the panels themselves.
Now not everyone will have this problem but if you do, it helps to try and nip it in the bud before it becomes a real problem. If you wait too long, cleaning the panels from all the bird droppings can become a task that take so much time. But it’s not only the solar panels that can become a problem, Bird droppings will discolor tiles very easily while they can also clog drainpipes so when the rains come, the water has nowhere to go. Either it collects on your roof at points or it seeps into your walls and possibly your house where cracks have formed.
Skirting around the problem
Luckily, there is a simple way to deal with this. Many solar companies will provide a form of skirting that attaches to the side of the solar panels. This not only stops birds from been able to get under the solar panel itself, it can also prevent wind driven materials such as leaves, pine needles, paper and other forms of debris. It will also discourage other animals, rodents in particular.
These skirts do not affect the natural airflow that occurs through and under the panels either. So what about birds that sit on top of the panels? Well, the skirts help here as well. Typically, birds will not roost in an area if they cannot build their nests close by. That means, by preventing them from building their nests, you will discourage roosting as well.
If you have very persistent birds, you may need to call in some form of pest control for a solution but most of the time, the solar skirting will prevent the problem. If you have any questions about birds and other pests that might affect your residential solar panels, do not hesitate to contact us.