When we install your solar panels, we want to ensure you’re getting the high quality you expect. Not only does this include our products, but also our installation process. We use scaffolding for every solar panel installation we carry out and for good reason. In this blog, we explain why we use scaffolding when installing your solar panels, what it means for you as well as answering some frequently asked questions when it comes to solar panel scaffolding.
Why do I need Scaffolding for a solar panel installation?
There are some solar panel installation companies that are happy to work off a ladder when they install solar panels at a property. However at Contact Solar, we choose to scaffold every single property including bungalows, garages and even flat roofs. We use solar panel scaffolding to mainly keep our install team safe, but we also use it to ensure your solar installation is of a high quality.
Can I organise my own Solar Panel Scaffolding?
You can arrange your own scaffold erection, however, there are a number of requirements needed for the scaffolding to be suitable for our installation team to work off. These include:
- All scaffolds must have a scaffolding tag attached to them
- Double handrails must be added to all gable ends
- Any ladders and/or gates must be fixed to the scaffolding
- All scaffold platforms must be five boards wide and up to gutter level
- Rope and wheel must be added to all scaffolding for all 2-storey properties and above
- Handover certificate and pictures of the scaffolding must be provided once scaffold is complete
- All scaffolding companies must provide their public liability insurance before confirming a booking
How long will my solar panel scaffolding be up for?
At Contact Solar, we aim to have your solar installation complete, and scaffolding dismantled, within a four week time frame (from the time your solar panel scaffolding has been erected). It is important to note that some solar installations may take place a day or two after the scaffolding goes up, and some may even commence within a week or two. This is dependent on our installers and the scaffold companies availability, which will be discussed with you prior to your installation.
Do I need to be present when the scaffolding goes up?
If you’re comfortable with it, you don’t need to be present when the solar panel scaffolding is being erected or dismantled. All we need is external access to the roofs where the solar panels are going to be installed.
Do I need to do anything in preparation for the scaffolding being erected?
All we ask is for any obstructions to be removed from the area where the solar panel scaffolding will be erected. This is so that it gives the scaffolders enough space to work, and reduces the risk of damage. Also, access to your property will need to be left clear, for example moving your vehicles and leaving gates open.
In some instances, the scaffolding may need to encroach on a neighbouring garden, and this will mean you will need to gain permission from your neighbours before the scaffolding booking is confirmed.
Do you source the solar panel scaffolding from trusted companies?
Over the years, we have built long standing relationships with a number of scaffolding companies in each area we operate, who we find trustworthy of erecting solar panel scaffolding to our standards. This includes arriving on dates and times as agreed, erecting the scaffolding to a high quality, and dismantling the scaffolding within a reasonable time once we have completed the solar installation.
Contact us to find out more
We hope we’ve given you more insight into why we use scaffolding for solar panel installations. If you have any questions about our installation process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team of experts today. Alternatively, take a look at our wide range of top quality solar products here.