Pigeon Proofing Solar Panels – 10 Year Guarantee
Solar Panel Bird Protection - Stop Birds Nesting Under your Solar Panels
Pigeons nesting under solar panels are a significant problem on a national scale. What they don’t tell you when they fit them, is that the necessary gap between your solar panels and the roof has created a perfect, safe, warm and sheltered nesting site for birds, and pigeons.
Over time the activity of the birds can and will damage the panels and fittings, and see a significant build-up of corrosive pigeon mess on the panels and under them. And can result in biting bird mites – associated with their nests – entering your property, which can be an expensive problem to deal with effectively. The solution is to stop birds getting under solar panels in the first place.
Solar Panel Pigeon Proofing Service
Here at British Bird Control we specialise in solar panel pigeon proofing. We are now able to offer a bespoke and one-stop solar panel bird protection service which includes 10-year guaranteed proofing of solar panels against pigeons, plus the provision of the required access equipment.
Unlike other solar panel proofing companies, our three-step process includes the use of a specialist and very robust solar panel pigeon guard produced from tough, weather-proof galvanised wire.
The mesh guard we use comes in solid sheets rather than rolls. It is cut using industrial cutters to create a flush fit not only to the outer edges of your solar panel configuration, but also to ride the highs and lows or your roof tiles to create a bespoke, durable and long lasting pigeon guard that looks great and gives you long term protection against pigeons getting under the panels.
In most cases we are able to offer you a quotation within 20-minutes, following an initial phone consultation and evaluation. The cost of this solar panel bird protection is based around the number of solar panels you have, where they are, and an assessment of the safe access, which is carried out in consultation with you over the phone. Three storey properties are more difficult than two.
In most cases we are able to offer you a quotation within 20-minutes, following an initial phone consultation and evaluation. The cost of this solar panel bird protection is based around the number of solar panels you have, where they are, and an assessment of the safe access, which is carried out in consultation with you over the phone.
Frequently Asked Questions about Solar Panel Bird Protection
Our rates are HIGHLY COMPETITIVE for solar panel proofing and we cover all of England and Wales. We offer a one-stop service and can also carry out additional proofing measures like spiking leading edges and guano clearance while we are on working on your property, if required. The cost of solar panel pigeon proofing will be governed by a few variables that we will run through with you on the phone. The most important factor is whether we can safely carry out the work off ladders, or whether additional access equipment such as specialist scaffolding or a cherry picker is required. Our technicians have access to a variety of ladders including normal ladders, roof ladders and solar ladders and Easi-Dec scaffolding if needed.
Sending us images of the aspect of your property showing the panels and down to ground level is always a big help, but in their absence we can often get a good enough picture of what’s needed from Google Earth. If you decide to go ahead, a 25% deposit secures your booking. We also offer a solar panel cleaning service which we can carry out while doing the proofing work.
British Bird Control’s solar panel pigeon proofing service is a proven, three-step process. Once we have the access agreed, the first part of the job is to ‘shoo’ away any adult pigeons and to clean out any redundant nesting material, if there is any. Note that while we will remove old nesting material if we can, our technicians are under strict instructions not to risk damaging the performance of the panels or connections to the inverter. The panels are not lifted off the bars at any stage, as this would potentially invalidate your warranty.
Next we apply a biocide underneath the panels. This is done for two reasons. Firstly to deal with any bird mites we may have disturbed during the removal of any old, redundant nests. Secondly it helps to break down any tough remaining pigeon guano, which rain and weathering will help move on over time. If there is no guano and no old nests under the panels, a biocide treatment isn’t necessary.
Finally we carry out the proofing. This is done using our bespoke, galvanised, weather-proof steel pigeon guard. The mesh we use comes in solid sheets and is very robust. You couldn’t possibly roll it up – we use industrial cutters to cut it to fit the outer edges of the panels. The technicians create a bespoke fit not just to the outer edges of your solar panel configuration, but they also cut the guard so the prongs are left long in the low rides and shorter in the high rides of your roof tiles. It’s a bespoke fit to your roof and panels which creates a flush finish that not only looks very good, but also stops pigeons accessing under the panels long term.
This guard is securely attached using a variety of UVA stable ties, fittings and clamps. Note that there is no drilling involved in our solar panel pigeon proofing service (this would invalidate your warranty) and that the process comes with an industry leading TEN YEAR GUARANTEE.
As with any situation when we are working at height, safety of our technicians has to be paramount. Not all roofs are the same – some have steeper pitches than others and some roof tiles, slates in particular, are more slippery than others in the wet.
A RAMS is always undertaken prior to us attending and we will do our best to carry out the work when planned. We are fully ensured for this kind of work, are full BPCA members, have £10 million of public liability insurance, and we are CHAS and Constructionline accredited. But if the weather makes the work dangerous, particularly in the case of high winds, we would, as I’m sure you can understand, need to postpone.
If you have had pigeons hanging around on your roof, they are shoo-ed away while we carry out our work. What can happen once we have finished is that the females can come back to investigate. They may do this for a few days, before realising that the game is up and moving off somewhere else. Please note that our service guarantees pigeons won’t be able to get under your panels. We can’t guarantee birds won’t want to land on your roof. However, we are taking away the main reason they wanted to stay there.