Every Floridian knows what season is from June to the end of November – hurricane season. And with a season that lasts half a year, residents have reason to be worried about how their property fares in hurricane weather. Even in Orlando and other central Florida communities of Altamonte Springs, Deltona, Kissimmee, Oviedo and Saint Cloud, the wind forces, rain and other storm elements can be a concern.
Windows, doors, fences and more are always a durability concern when it comes to a hurricane. But what about solar panels? The good news is that the panels on your solar home are a lot more durable than you think.
Solar panels often come with a warranty for between 10-25 years. These warranties can include damage from environmental issues, premature wear and tear and manufacturing defects. Manufactures have only been able to offer such generous long warranties after substantial testing. Most of the testing has included hurricane force winds. And even if you must replace a panel on your own dime due to damage from a hurricane (say, because of a deductible), you’ll find the cost much less than you thought.
Many companies and homeowners have described their solar home panels as rugged systems that have lasted through the most recent hurricanes in Florida including Sandy and Irma. And, the benefit of choosing a local solar company such as Clever Energy is that they are knowledgeable and experienced in the requirements for Central Florida solar home installations. For example, one thing Clever Energy must keep in mind are the forces involved with ‘uplift’. Uplift is a result of wind blowing between the panels and the roof. This uplift can therefore come from any direction. When hurricanes pass, especially in Central Florida when they travel across the peninsula, the winds can often change directions.
So how do Clever Energy’s approach this situation? The key is in the installation materials. Large lag bolts are used to fasten the panels to the roof. Quality flashings and sealant ensure a tight seal around all mounts so the connections are not compromised. These seals will also help safeguard against driving rain damaging your roof.
When Clever Energy comes to give you your free estimate, they’ll be able to answer any questions you have with becoming a solar home. The initial inspection will include making sure your roof will be able to hold panels in any type of weather. The inspectors will also be able to go through the panel warranty with you. And don’t forget, if the electrical grid goes down in your area, you’ll still be able to draw power from your converter and solar panels.
Located in the downtown sunny Orlando, Clever Energy works throughout central Florida including the surrounding communities of Altamonte Springs, Deltona, Kissimmee, Oviedo and Saint Cloud and offers FREE estimates with certified and licensed installers.