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Solar and Hail Damage | April 9, 2023

What to Expect from Solar Companies When Installing Arrays in Hail-Prone Areas  

Switching to solar energy has become an increasingly popular choice for homeowners across the globe and in San Antonio. However, many homeowners are concerned about how their solar panels will withstand hail damage. The thought of a major hailstorm damaging their investment and having no one to fix it is daunting. But is hail damage really a significant risk for solar arrays and is there a solution to this potential problem? In this article, we will explore these concerns and provide some solutions for homeowners considering solar energy.

Small Hail Doesn’t Pose a Threat

First and foremost, it is important to understand that most solar arrays are rated to withstand small hail without any damage. Hailstones that are less than 1 inch in diameter are unlikely to damage solar panels. Solar panels are made of durable materials such as tempered glass, which is strong enough to withstand small hailstones. In fact, many solar manufacturers test their products against hail damage to ensure their durability.

Large Hail and Insurance Coverage:

On the other hand, larger hailstones can pose a risk to solar systems. If a hailstorm damages your solar array, you may be concerned about who will cover the cost of repairing or replacing them. However, during the installation process, you can add your solar array to your insurance policy. It is important to ensure that your insurance policy covers your solar array and will pay to take them down and put them back up if they are damaged by hail. If your insurance policy does not have specific language covering solar panels, you may need to find an insurance company that does, such as State Farm.

Solar Panels Can Actually Protect Your Roof

While it is understandable to be concerned about the potential for hail damage to solar panels, the reality is that they can actually protect your roof from hail damage. Solar arrays are installed on top of your roof, which creates an extra layer of protection against hailstones. This can actually prevent damage to your roof and save you money in the long run.

Lower Your AC Bill

In addition to protecting your roof, solar panels can also lower the cost of cooling your home. Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it into energy, which can help to lower the temperature of your roof. This, in turn, can reduce the amount of heat that enters your home, meaning that you will need to use your air conditioner less frequently. This can result in significant energy savings over time.

The Last Word

In conclusion, while it is understandable to be concerned about hail damage to your solar array, the reality is that it is not a significant risk. Most solar panels are rated to withstand small hailstones, and insurance coverage can provide protection against larger hailstones. Additionally, solar panels can actually protect your roof from hail damage and lower the cost of cooling your home. If you are considering solar energy, don’t let concerns about hail damage hold you back from contacting solar companies. Take the necessary precautions and enjoy the many benefits that solar energy has to offer your home in San Antonio.

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