Hail Hits Your Solar Panels: What Do You Do?
As we enter spring, we Coloradans know hail season will soon be upon us.
Many of our homes have Solar and the question of what happens when hail hits your solar panels is paramount during this season.
Quality Solar Panels like the LG brand panels used by Solar Power Pros are extremely resistant to hail damage.
Solar panel manufacturers test their panels to withstand up to 25 mm (1 inch) diameter for hailstones. While your actual roof is susceptible to damage form all sizes of hailstones. Factors such as roofing materials, and shape of hailstones can impact the damage to not only your roof, but gutters, siding and other home features. What typically ends up happening is that your Solar panels protect a large portion of your roof even if hail hits your solar panels.
In May of 2017 a massive hailstorm ripped through the Colorado foothills damaging thousands of home and properties.
One area hit hardest was Golden Colorado, home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where Solar is developed and continuously improved. NREL is home to a Solar array of more than 3000 panels! In this massive hailstorm in 2017 only one panel was broken out of the thousands present. This is a great example of how strong your panels are.
While your Solar panels are very strong, Colorado has been known to see tennis ball size hail in very bad hail years.
So what do you do if your panels are damaged? The first this to know is that your homeowners insurance will cover your panels in the same claim that will cover your roof or any other damage. This means you will not have to pay for all the repairs out of pocket.
This first step if you suspect you have hail damage is to call Solar Power Pros right away!
Before you sign up with a fly-by-night roofing company that knocks on your door the next day, contact us. We will be there to connect you to one of our trusted roofing partners and to insure we can do the Solar panel work to get you back up and running. It is critical that we do the work to ensure that your warranty is not voided.
Solar Power Pros will be with you every step of the way to make sure you are up and producing power again as soon as possible.