I plan to install semi-flexible panels
on top of my bimini
with polycarbonate or coroplast backings to provide added rigidity. I’m working through the installation
details now, but the plan is to create flaps on the bimini
that allow the panels
to either be secured with velco or with lashings to the panel grommets. I know this is an increasingly common approach and one thing I’m curious about is whether moisture buildup – either between the panel and the polycarbonate or between the polycarbonate and the bimini fabric
– has been an issue?
It seems like water
between the water
and the polycarbonate poses the greatest risk to the solar
panel so my plan is to cut the polycarbonate to the same size as the panel and either place some tape or silicone caulk around the edges to keep the water out.
Any water that manages to get between the polycarbonate and the fabric
I assume will eventually dry out from the bottom since sunbrella is somewhat permeable but I can also see it being a potential breeding ground for mold
. My plan is to just put the panel/polycarbonate sandwich directly on the fabric and not worry too much otherwise.
Does my approach sound reasonable? Am I overthinking this?