Our clients here at Robbins Roofing are asking this question at a steadily increasing frequency: “How do I clean the solar panels on my roof?” We acknowledge that solar electricity is the next step in making roofs better for homes, for people, and for the planet, which is why we have prepared a list of things you should remember when cleaning your new solar-powered roof:
- Stay Grounded
If you have to climb a ladder to clean your solar panels, then it may not be worth the risk wiping those bird droppings off. Cleaning should be carried out from the ground; otherwise, you should call a professional to do the climb for you.
- Use Proper Equipment
All you need to efficiently clean solar panels is a squeegee on an extension pole: a plastic blade on one side and a cloth sponge on the other. Use a moderately powered hose to deliver water to the roof. This means cleaning should be a two-person job, but if you are confident enough in your dexterity, give it a shot.
- Start Early
Moist surfaces are easier to clean. One way to achieve this is by cleaning solar panels right just around sunrise. Dew softens any hardened dirt on solar panels, making wiping your roof clean a breeze.
- Do No Harm
The Hippocratic Oath may not involve non-medical activities, let alone the cleaning of solar panels, but this does not mean one should haphazardly finish the job. Your eyes don’t fool you—the gleaming of solar panels does mean scratches are a big no-no. Metal cleaning equipment, abrasive powders, and detergents can all ruin the appearance and performance of your solar panels, so beware.
- Keep It Light
This also counts as step one in the solar panel usage manual. For cleaning, however, one should trust the engineering that went into the creation of a solar panel’s surface. Trust us, anything we install on your roof can function with the same maintenance frequency as the roof itself. Rain will wash away any grime that hasn’t dried yet. Cleaning solar panels should not be an intense activity; all it needs is a light but thorough scrubbing.
People typically take a shot at cleaning their roof before calling in professional help. The same goes for solar panels, which are equally, if not more, difficult to cleanse. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance cleaning your roof. After all, we could only praise homeowners invested in such a noble advancement.
We get the job done, regardless of your roof’s dependence on the sun. Contact us to learn more.