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Old 05-11-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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Solar panel without screws

Has anyone attached the glass panels without screws? I just can't bring myself to drilling a hole up there!
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Using 1" stainless screws is what I did. Not a biggie.

There are several threads here about securing solar panels, many with adhesives.
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Look at some PL300 polyurethane construction adhesive. If you want it down permanently get some 3M5200 marine caulk adhesive. If you cleaned the roof thoroughly and laid pressure treated 2x4 on the flat in either adhesive-you could screw the panels down to the wood.
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One word - Sikaflex. The whole of my OKA is held together with it including the 3 x 200W solar panels. Not a metal fixing in the whole thing and it has survived thousands of kilometres of washboarded desert roads
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On our fiberglass roofs, I used 3M VHB (Very High Bonding) double-sided tape. The solar panel on our 06 WGO View 24J was still secure when we sold it after 6 years. We used the same 3M VHB on our current fiberglass roof on a WGO Vista 30W. I don't check it too often after our previous experience but the few times I've been on the roof, it's still tight and secure. Be sure to properly clean the surfaces to be adhered.
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One word - Sikaflex. The whole of my OKA is held together with it including the 3 x 200W solar panels. Not a metal fixing in the whole thing and it has survived thousands of kilometres of washboarded desert roads
I like that OKA! They look like a very tiny Unimog based RV.
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i heard either adhesive or screws will work, no short of evidence in either camp. however, on a fiberglass roof, how think is the fiberglass layer? not much when i worked on my tv antenna there was a hole where i could look at it. using adhesive will put the force entirely on the thin layer of the fiberglass, while with long brackets (5-8 inches long and 2 inches wide), stainless screws and dicor, the force is propagated in the area into plywood. i did with screws. there is no right or wrong, just personal preference.
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Appreciate the replies. After all this, I am about ready to spend the extra and go with flex panels. No holes and no wind resistance or noise that way. Thanks everyone!!
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Flexible Solar Panels

Before going with the flexible panels, I recommend doing a little research, as some have studied them already. In the recent past AM Solar decided that they wouldn't use them. Gonewiththewynns had them for a year and last month posted a video of their review after one year. Technomadia also tested some. From what I recall, all of them remained with the glass panels afterwards.

The main issue is cupping which traps dust which blocks some of their effectiveness, plus mounting flush keeps them too hot.
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I saw the review by the Wynns. As I recall the cupping and dirt did not reduce performance at all. Pros and cons to both I guess.
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Tony Lee, there are several varieties of Sikaflex. Which one are you recommending?
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Has anyone attached the glass panels without screws? I just can't bring myself to drilling a hole up there!
So far (knock on wood), my two panels are staying attached with 3M 5200 and a handful of angle brackets. Details here.

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From looking at your panels close up I notice they are flat on the roof surface. This limits the air flow under them. Any problems there?
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From looking at your panels close up I notice they are flat on the roof surface. This limits the air flow under them. Any problems there?
If referring to mine, they are slightly raised from the roof. About 1/4" to 3/8" at the center of the roof and about 1/2" at the sides (guesses, not actual measurements). Certainly enough room for some airflow. No problems there either (yet, knock on wood).
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