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Gutter Guard for Solar Panels

November 18, 2017

Are birds nesting under your solar panels? With the popularity of solar power skyrocketing in Adelaide, South Aussies are looking for stylish and effective ways to stop birds nesting under solar panels. The answer is simple: Gutter guard around your solar panels.

 

 

 Why stop birds nesting under your solar panels?

 

There are a number of reasons:

  • The bird's mess will ruin your solar panels efficiency

  • The birds mess can fill the gutters with waste that is toxic to water tanks and will ruin your gutters and spread disease

  • Having the birds nesting on your roof is noisy and disrupts your houshold's peace

  • They can damage cabling increasing service costs

  • Nesting birds under panels may even pose a fire safety risk

As you can see from the above list, there are plenty of reasons to stop birds nesting under your solar panels. So why gutter guard? Can any mesh stop the birds?

 

Well, yes - there are a number of options which will stop birds getting under your solar panels. Basically after a good clean, you should be able to install any mesh around the panels. BUT there are some considerations.

 

The main considerations before installing a mesh are:

  • How long do you want it to last?

  • Will the mesh damage the roof?

  • Is the look of the finished job important?

  • Will leaves get caught under the solar panels in the mesh?

  • How should you attach the mesh to the panels?

After weighing up these considerations, it makes sense to install gutter guard. Firstly, gutter guard is designed to last 20 years on your roof in the weather and is compatible with all roofing types. Secondly, gutter guards come in the most popular roof colours and trained installers have the necessary skills and methods for attaching the mesh to panels. And thirdly, the holes in the 'diamond' or 'expanded' mesh style gutter guards are designed to keep out leaves, bark and gum nuts so you will not have debris build up like some large holed alternatives.

 

The pictures in this post are great examples of how stylish and effective gutter guard is for stopping birds nesting under your solar panels.

 

For those of you out there who are thinking that this may be a bit of an expensive option, I suggest you go back to the reasons why you should stop birds nesting under your solar panels. You may also like to check out my post on Which Mesh is Better: Polymesh or Aluminium. and my post How much is Gutter Guard And, if you are still not convinced, give us a call at Leafshield we have stock of High rib mesh. It is virtually identical but at a better price point. We may even provide off-cuts to keep the cost down. (It may just take a little time to get the necessary amount of mesh in the right colour)

 

There is no doubt that gutter guard looks great and works well for keeping birds out from under your solar panels. If you have birds nesting under your panels - I strongly recommend it. If you want some advice or ready to take the next step and get quoted I would love to hear from you

 

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