Solar panels are designed to be durable and withstand various weather conditions, including hail. The level of protection against hail depends on the quality and design of the solar panels. Different types of solar panels have varying levels of durability. Monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels are generally more robust than thin-film panels. Most modern solar panels are manufactured with tempered glass that can resist impacts from small to moderate-sized hailstones without shattering. These panels are rigorously tested to meet international standards for durability and impact resistance
The thickness of the glass and the strength of the frame play a crucial role in determining how well solar panels can withstand hail. Thicker glass and sturdy frames provide better protection against hail damage. Additionally, the angle at which the panels are installed can influence their vulnerability to hail impact. Panels installed at a steeper angle tend to shed hail more effectively
It’s important to note that while solar panels are designed to withstand hail, extremely severe hailstorms with unusually large hailstones could potentially cause some damage. The size of hailstones and their velocity when they hit the panels are crucial factors. If you live in an area prone to such severe weather events, it’s a good idea to consult with solar panel manufacturers or installers who are familiar with the local conditions and can provide guidance on choosing panels that are well-suited for your region.
Regular maintenance and inspections can also help identify any damage caused by hail or other factors and ensure the optimal performance of your solar panels over time. Download our app to book a solar panel cleaning and receive a free inspection.