Solar Panel Suitability – Can your roof take the weight?

Solar panels are a popular method of achieving energy conservation, but it’s vital to carry out solar panel suitability checks to see if your roof can support the weight of the panels before you make your commitment to the environment.

Our Engineers have extensive experience checking the additional loading from photovoltaic (solar) panels. We can carry out solar panel suitability calculations and provide a report, either confirming that you can install solar panels, or recommending some strengthening measures are put in place.

Before installation you need a solar panel suitability report
Solar panels are becoming ever more popular with rising energy prices – but can your roof support the added weight?

What happens during a solar panel suitability check?

When you contact us to request a solar panel roof check, we’ll provide you with a fee quote for carrying out calculations and providing a report which will conclude whether or not your roof will be able to support the weight of the solar panels. Make sure you let us know the exact make and number of solar panels you want to install, as the weight can vary quite considerably.

Once you have accepted the quote, one of our Structural Engineers will visit your property. They will carry out a measured survey, taking all the necessary measurements, as well as carry out a visual inspection on the roof structure. After carrying out structural calculations on the loading capacity of the roof, you’ll receive a solar panel suitability report with conclusions and recommendations.

What if my roof can’t support solar panels?

Don’t worry! There’s almost always a structural solution to strengthen your roof. If instructed, we’ll use the information we gathered from our visit to provide the designs and details for roof strengthening. This work will need to be undertaken before installing the solar panels.

We can also act as Contract Administrators on the project. This means we can put together a Schedule of Works, obtain competitive tenders from approved contractors, and manage all the works on site to ensure it all runs smoothly and gets you on the road to energy efficiency. 

Contact us today to book in an assessment and see whether your roof can support solar panels: Call 01903 217723 or email us at mail@pgoacher.co.uk for more information.  

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