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Fitting a Solar Panel to a Slate Roof

It does not really matter how old your roof is, as long as it is in reasonable condition, it is possible to have solar panels fitted with minimum disruption, providing a constant source of renewable power. Even in the Lake District, a region not renowned for it's high levels of sunshine, Solar Panels are a good source of renewable energy that can pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time.

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The old roof, a bit weatherworn but still keeping the rain out.

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First the old tiles come off.

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The membrane underneath is checked, as are the wooden laths.

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The sealed waterproof joints that the panels will be fixed to top and bottom are put in place.

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The panels are fitted, sitting neatly into the joints

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They are then pushed together to make a flush, and waterproof fit.

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Once in place the tiles need to be replaced around the panels, again making sure that everything is watertight.

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Then the job of replacing the tiles begins.

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The panels may be in place but the roof still has to do the job it was designed to do.

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Ensuring that the tiles are properly fitted to the edge of the panels is vitally important. This is not a job that can be hurried.

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The result is a roof that, apart from the addition of the panels, which have a tendency to blend in well, looks much the same as before.

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Job done, now all we need is a bit of sunshine!!