Solar Panels on sheds could void your warranty !?!

by | Nov 5, 2010 | Commercial buildings, Shed Accessories, shed engineering, Sheds garages carports | 0 comments

People wishing to place solar panels on the roof of their shed is becoming more and more common these days with the various incentives offered by State and Federal Governments and sometimes the huge cost that the Electricity companies want for running power to more remote locations makes people consider the solar option.

One thing that you may not be aware of is that fixing Solar Panels to your shed roof may void any warranties you had on your building.

Whilst it is quite easy to have your building engineered for the additional load, two main factors for perhaps voiding your warranty still apply.

  • You are penetrating the roof in multiple areas potentially allowing water or other contanimants to affect the steel.
  • Solar panels prevent the roof sheeting from the natural action of the rain in washing your roof and can allow the build up of leaf matter, dust/mud and other contanimants etc leading to early corrosion.

Another factor that is currently being studied is the effect of applying rigid panels to what is often a flexible roof.

So make sure, if your considering Solar Panels on your shed, that you ask your shed supplier how this may effect your warranties and what engineering upgrades should be applied to your building to take the additional load. Also ask the Solar panel supplier about what to do to keep the roof clean underneath your panels.

Have you fit panels to your shed or do you intend to?

We’d love to hear about your experiences here with solar panels and your shed.