Can Rain Damage or Break My Solar Panels?
If you live in an area that sees its fair share of rainy weather, you may be concerned as to whether or not installing solar panels is a bad idea. Being placed on your roof, it would be the first thing that gets exposed to rainfall and the idea of circuitry taking in that water is an alarming thought. Not to worry! The experts at Solar Bear Dallas will teach you what happens with solar panels in the presence of heavy rain.
The Water-Resistant Properties of Solar Panels
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that rooftop solar panels would be exposed to rainfall. That’s why they were designed to be waterproof! At least, that’s the intention. In the end, the true water-resistant effectiveness of a solar panel has to do with the quality of the panel itself. Panels that are cheaply made may come with gaps between the frame and the screen which is all you need for any bit of water to find its way in. Once the water reaches the inner circuitry, it could short out your entire system. As long as you go with the best solar panels in your area, your setup should have a high enough integrity to repel any amount of rain.
Some tips that can help prevent water damage include angling your panels so that the rain pours down the side inside of pooling up at the top and using solar trackers to ensure that the panel moves around to avoid any still water lingering on the panel. And since sealant wears off over time, it’s a good idea to have your solar panels checked every so often. An aged sealant that has worn off over time can also lead to water seeping through unprotected gaps left behind after degradation.
Solar Panels Against Hailstorms
Some storms with heavy rain are sometimes followed by strings of hail which is known to cause damage to glass such as windshields. If this is the case, then are solar panels just as likely to witness some cracks from a direct impact? Again, if the solar panel is poorly made, then you will definitely notice signs of damage after a heavy hailstorm. However, a quality solar panel setup will be able to handle debris without falling apart under pressure.
The Effectiveness of Solar Panels in the Rain
In the middle of a rainstorm, your panels may not generate as much solar power because the sky will likely be too cloudy to have adequate exposure to the sun. Plus, freshwater droplets may get in the way and make it difficult for the panel to fully absorb the light at max capacity. However, one upside to rainfall is that as long as your solar panel is good enough quality to handle exposure to water, heavy rain will rinse your panels free of dust so that they can absorb light at their fullest potential again.
The Best Waterproof Solar Panels in Texas
At Solar Bear Dallas, we are proud to announce that our solar panels are of the best quality which means that they are also very much waterproof in the event of the occasional rain or heavy storms. Give us a call today at (727) 471-7442 for more information and to ask for a free estimate!