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    Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    I have to get a new roof and with the orientation of our pool enclosure, there's a REALLY bright spot that could use some shade (everyone's always huddled up under a small overhang)... I figure maybe I could mount the solar panels to the enclosure, heat my pool, avoid roof leaks down the road (primary reason we need a new roof is the solar install - and roofer won't warranty any area with a solar system), and get some MUCH needed shade.

    Possible? Would a hurricane come along and turn my enclosure into a giant sail, while blowing my house away?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    Quote Originally Posted by onesickpsycho
    Possible? Would a hurricane come along and turn my enclosure into a giant sail, while blowing my house away?
    Not if the enclosure and solar is installed properly to code.

    Are you adding roof to provide shade that the solar would then is upon? The solar panels are not meant to span gaps between beams.
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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    Yeah, I was planning on putting some sort of decking up there for support. My primary concern would be wind from below tearing the enclosure apart...

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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    So there is no decking up there now? In that case, the support structure may not have been designed for the added weight and wind loads.

    I think you would need to talk to a professional down there that knows the code requirements and would be able to tell you if what you are looking to do is feasible.
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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    Thanks guys... I will have someone check it out.

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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    It's not the weight, most panels are light.

    It's the wind.

    The structure must meet wind load, where I am it is 140mph.

    Just finished my plans for screened in pergola with some of the panels above, and my architect said
    the key is the weight of the curbing the posts are attached to, that's what holds it down.

    Of course the straps and other items play a role.

    You should have it looked at by an architect or engineer.

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    Re: Solar mounting question... screen enclosure?

    They aren't light when they are full of water.
    I've tried altering the position of mine when they are full - impossible, too heavy.
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