The first winter after we installed solar panels on our new house, we discovered that when the snow melted on warm winter days, all the snow from the panels came down like an avalanche, right onto the deck, in the path from our back door that we used every day. I was out there shoveling first when the snow fell down, and then when the avalanche came down–sometimes in two or three segments. And that second snow was always heavy wet and dense. #thingsyouforgottodesignfor
We needed some sort of new plan. So we came up with an idea with our friend Ian, and he built this partial deck roof, using Tuftex polycarbonate roof panels and wood framing. It was wider than we first imagined, to use the support beams under the deck for the framing. Took longer than expected. Doesn’t everything. But such a relief now that it is up. The panels are clear to let the light shine through–though in this photo they have some snow cover. And they work–the snow avalanche slides down the solar panels, right cross the deck roof and lands in the space beyond.