What Are the Ideal Fasteners for Solar Panel Mounting

Date Posted:

February 1, 2022

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Marsh Fasteners

Are you investing in solar energy for your home or business? Stainless steel fasteners can help. Renewable energy is one of the most sustainable ways to reduce your carbon footprint and a big step in the right direction – if your goal is to go off the grid. Read about the ideal fasteners for solar panel mounting here.

Fasteners for Solar Panel Mounting

When looking at the types of fasteners for solar panel mounting, you need to consult the instruction manual from the solar panel manufacturers. Many of the kits come with assembly parts and guidelines that you should use. If, however, you are left to research possible solutions, then many solar panel installers would advise you to invest in either aluminum or stainless steel fasteners.

Aluminum fasteners are relatively lightweight. Stainless steel fasteners offer more support, but with the cost of added weight. The main benefit of these fasteners is that they are both corrosion resistant. Your solar panels will be exposed to sunlight and this means that they may also be exposed to rain and snow. If you have an unsupported roof, then aluminum fasteners would be your best option (as the added weight of stainless steel fasteners could be problematic). If you have a supported roof, then investing in stainless steel fasteners for your solar panel mounting would be your best bet.

When purchasing fasteners for the solar panels, another aspect to consider is to buy fasteners that allow for angle adjustments. These fasteners enable you to optimally position your solar panels and it means that you can adjust the panels throughout the various seasons.

Best mounting applications 

Every mounting application and method is different. The fasteners and applications used will depend on your budget, the quality of material, and the product reliability you choose. You need to choose reliable fasteners that suit your particular project to ensure that you maximize solar energy from your panels for a long period. When choosing a solar mounting product, ensure you are using a reputable firm to provide you with high-quality materials. 

There are two popular methods to install solar panel mountings: pole mounted and rooftop installations. Specific fasteners are required for each method of installation. Furthermore, fasteners need to be resistant to certain elements such as strong winds and high temperatures. They also need to be reliable and offer stability for the application.

Pole mounted installations:

Pole-mounted installations are great for those who lack space for rooftop installations The common type of fastener used in pole-mounted installations is anodized aluminum and stainless steel. These fasteners are perfect to avoid corrosion and heat. Brass bolts also help with stability.  

Rooftop installations:

Rooftop installations are done to reach the highest amount of sunlight, however, this also means that fasteners need to have good durability. Sonal panels, therefore, require stainless steel to avoid corrosion from sun damage. Other choices used are aluminum clips and mounting poles. 

For the past 20 years, Marsh Fasteners has been supplying choice-grade stainless steel and aluminum fasteners for a variety of applications where only the best can be accepted. Solar panel installations are no exception.

Marsh Fasteners offers a wide range of high-quality fasteners for your solar panel mounting project. Contact us for more information on our stainless steel fasteners today.