Once you go solar, mitigating roof damage may be among a few things you can do to help ensure your system performs in the best way possible. Protecting your solar roof is an important step to protecting your solar investment. Let’s break down the essential tactics to keep your solar roof and system in peak condition. 

1. System Inspections and Check-ups 

The amount of energy a system produces throughout the year depends on a variety of factors including the season, weather, and shading to name a few. As the system operates however, if you notice a significant drop in production or receive an excessively high energy bill, it is worth contacting your solar installer to come and inspect the system. Sometimes it can be simply a wire that has gotten loose, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can contact Solar Topps through our Service Section to request an inspection today.  

2. Keeping Your System Clean

Keeping your panels clean from dust, leaves, and other debris ensures they can efficiently absorb sunlight and extend their lifecycle. In areas with heavy pollen or bird activity, more frequent cleaning may be necessary. Typically, standing on the ground and using a water-hose should be sufficient. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cloths. If you’re ever concerned, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to avoid accidentally damaging the panels. If you find that there are a lot of birds or other animals nesting under your panels, it may be worth considering installing a pest-barrier around the panels to prevent them from getting in. At Solar Topps, we like working with other great local Arizona companies and highly recommend Pigeons R Us. If you contact them, let them know Solar Topps sent you! 

3. Preventing Shading on the System 

Overgrown trees not only shade your panels, reducing their output, but they also pose a risk of physical damage from falling branches, especially during storms. Maintaining a safe distance between trees and your solar system prevents shading and minimizes the risk of impact damage, ensuring your solar panels perform efficiently. 


Protecting your solar roof and investment is not an intensive activity. It just requires a little bit of work for a lot of gain. Keep an eye on your production for any unexpected changes, keep your system clean of any debris, and be sure that you prevent any excess shading on your system that could impact system performance. For more tips and suggestions, feel free to contact us today.

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