Last year, the solar market in the United States installed a record 23.6 GW despite pandemic challenges. Residential solar use is more common these days because of the now affordable prices, savings, and incentives.
Although supply chain challenges are expected to continue throughout 2022, solar is a valid option for millions of homeowners. However, the need to install a new roof makes going solar less affordable.
Should you get a new roof before installing solar panels? Keep reading to find out.
Consider the Age of Your Roof
The age of your roof will determine whether you need a new one before installing solar panels.
If your roof is nearing the end of its life, the decision is simple. Generally, this is when your roof only has five years or so left.
If you choose to forgo getting a new roof in its old age, you could experience damages in a few years that require repairs and extra solar work.
Opting for a roof replacement for an old roof is recommended.
Look for roofing products and materials with a long lifespan and a warranty. This is key when you install a solar system because they generally come with a 25-year power warranty.
Identify Current Roofing Problems
Before installing solar panels, request a roof inspection to catch any current problems. You’ll want to repair those before getting a solar system.
There are some problems you can identify on your own such as:
- Missing shingles
- Damaged tiles or shingles
- Excessive shingle granules washing away
- Damp spots in the attic roof
Call a roofer right away if you spot any of these issues. Even if you don’t notice any roofing issues on your own, it’s still a good idea to hire an inspector who can catch underlying and less obvious problems.
The residential solar installation process might include a roof inspection. This can help the installer get solar installation permits.
Ask a Solar Company if They Specialize in Roof Replacement
If you have decided that you need a roof replacement, consider working with a solar installation company that specializes in both.
Solar companies might subcontract their roofing work to contractors, but some add solar work to their portfolios. Either way, solar companies want to ensure the roof integrity is maintained.
The best roofing company will do an engineering evaluation on the weight-bearing capacity of the roof.
If you can find a company that does both solar installation and roof repair, you might be able to negotiate cost savings. Using two separate companies is going to be pricier.
Installing Solar Panels: Can Your Roof Handle the Weight?
Whether your current roof is made of metal, tile, or shingles, the most important factor you need to consider before installing solar panels is the age of your roof.
If your roof only has about five years left, the best thing to do is replace your roof.
You’ll also want to determine if your roof is damaged currently. Repairs are necessary before installing solar panels. The integrity of your roof is essential for a potential residential solar system.
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