Can you fit solar panels to an asbestos roof?

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Fixing solar panels to asbestos roof

Can this be done?

Yes, it is possible to fit solar panels to an asbestos roof in the UK. However, it is important to note that it must be done in a safe and proper manner. This means that it is best to have a professional contractor or installer assess the roof and install the panels. They can ensure that all necessary safety precautions are taken to minimize any health risks associated with asbestos roofs. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the panels are securely installed so they don’t cause any damage to the roof or create any long-term risks.

To ensure the solar panels are correctly installed, it is important to use appropriate mounting and anchoring methods that are specifically designed for the kind of asbestos roof. This will depend on the type and age of the roof. It is also essential to make sure that the panels are not installed too close to the roof and that they are adequately sealed to prevent any water leakage. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that the electrical wiring is properly insulated and placed away from any asbestos materials. Finally, it is also important to use a protective covering to keep the panels and the roof from weathering damage or debris.

Do you need to replace asbestos?

No there is no legal obligation to remove and replace the asbestos roof before fixing solar panels. You should be mindful asbestos is very fragile and likely to release fibres if broken or damaged during the installation.

We work alongside two large solar panel energy companies when they have installations on asbestos roofs. The roofs are assessed for damage or deterioration prior to the install. As part of the installation process Complete Asbestos Surveys drill out the fixing holes to allow for safe fixing of the brackets.

This process is carried out with many safety procedures in place such as suppressing and shadow vacuuming.

Not sure if your roof contains asbestos before having solar panels installed? Contact us and we can arrange for asbestos testing or an asbestos survey to be carried out.

Do you have an asbestos roof and looking at having solar panels fixed? Get in touch and we can help solve your problem.


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