For many people residing in Tulsa, OK, a primary concern during a storm is the sturdiness of their solar panels. The majority of panels are made of silicon, which is one of the most abundant elements found in nature. This material is surprisingly strong, and most manufacturers state their panels can withstand most hail storms and strong winds. Yet both are some of the most common causes of panel damage.

Hail Storms

When a hail storm is headed your way, there’s often little you can do to protect your roof or your solar panels. If even a small part of your panel is damaged from falling hail, this can greatly reduce the performance of that panel.
Most hail that stays under an inch in diameter shouldn’t cause damage to your panels. However, a lot of factors come into play, including:

Wind speed
The speed at which the hail falls
The frequency with which it falls

If you reside in an area prone to hail storms, you can lower your risk of panel damage by installing smaller panels. That way, if a panel is lost, it will cost less to replace than a larger panel with more energy output.

Storm Winds

Another concern during a storm is the wind. However, it’s much less likely that your panels will be lifted by wind and become a victim of roof damage than it is they will become damaged from falling debris. Debris from trees and the ground can scratch panels, decreasing the amount of energy the panel can absorb from the sun.

When placing panels, you can plan for less damage by locating them away from trees. Also, clean your panels regularly to remove dirt and dust which will improve function.

Fortunately, panel damage is not a common issue, and during installation you can plan for storm damage prevention. Solar panels are made to withstand the elements, and with proper care yours should last at least 25 years.

Burggraf Disaster Restoration is available 24/7, 365 if your property suffers storm damage.