What Are Your Roof Concerns?
One of the most common concerns related to solar panel installation points to the roof. Many wonder whether their existing roof can accommodate and support a solar panel system. Will the solar panels cause my roof to leak? Is my roof strong enough? Will the system damage my roof or cause it to break? Is the space large enough? Will the orientation of my roof capture the most sunlight?
Legitimate concerns? Absolutely!
This article will focus on the issue of needing a new roof or not. But before we tap into the answers to that, it is important to address the fact that solar panels can be installed in other locations besides the roof. Although the roof is the most common (and usually best) location for solar panel installation, solar panels can also be installed as shade awnings, ground mounts, poles, or detached garage. Sometimes the ground is a better option due to obstructions such as shading that may cover the roof. The ultimate idea is to find the best location to meet your needs.
Solar panels are durable and sturdy and can last many years. Most solar panels are layered with a tempered glass that makes them strong enough to withstand hail and extreme environments. At The Solar Company, we want to choose to the best solar panels to install so that our customers can happily maximize the benefits from the installation and purchase as well as refer us to their friends and family.
The Solar Company installs SunPower panels that can withstand winds up to 100 mph. Does that sound comforting? You bet.
If your roof is old and/or is in poor condition, it may be a good idea to replace them prior to installing solar panels. This makes more financial sense since you probably wouldn’t want to remove and reinstall the panels in the case that the existing roof starts to wear out and requires replacement. The solar panel removal and re-installation can certainly be done, but a service fee will be charged.
A licensed roofing contractor can let you know how much life is left on your old roof and will give you a recommendation on whether or not you should get a new roof before you install your panels.
Once the issue of new/existing roofing is determined and the solar panels are installed, the panels will actually help protect your roof from wear and damage by blocking ultraviolet rays and by preventing most snow, rain, hail, or anything for that matter from hitting the roof. They’ll even keep your home cooler in the summer heat!
Most installations don’t need you to replace your roof, but it’s always necessary to assess your roof prior to making any decisions so that you can make the best overall financial decision moving forward.
Solar panels can be installed on any type of roof; however, the type of roof isn’t as important as the strength of the roof. The most common roofs are composite or tile. Single-plane, shingle roofs are usually the least complex to work with.
So, there you have it, folks. Regardless of whether your roof is new or old, it’s the sturdiness and overall condition that ultimately counts.