Anticipating that plumbers would be looking for a a fast and effective way of flashing solar panel inlet and outlet pipes on tile roofs due to new the fact that many more energy efficient products are being fitted, DeksIndustries has developed the purpose-designed SolarDek flashing.

Previously, solar panels on tile roofs tended to be flashed by fixing a rubber flashing to the tiles with silicone or by cutting a hole in the tile and slapping silicone around the pipe. Messy and time consuming, these methods are also problematic as silicone breaks down quickly when exposed to UV and tile movement can also make a silicone seal ineffective.

SolarDek combines a strong polymer cone with a protected lead tray which fits in only five steps. Plumbers simply have to cut the SolarDek cone to suit, feed the pipe through, slide the flashing under the tile above (adding a fold to stop water), form over the tile below and insulate the pipe.

SolarDek looks neat and clean on the roof, the protected lead tray won’t stain or corrode gutters or down pipes and the product can be painted to match the roof colour.

Deks Industries also make the Dektite Mini which is ideal for flashing solar panels on metal roofs.