solar roof installation

Are Solar Panels Safe For Your Roof?

Solar panels are an increasingly popular option, especially since energy costs have been rising in recent years. For most homeowners, installing solar panels on their roof is the most sensible option, as panels installed on the ground can take up additional yard space and might not receive sun throughout the entire day.

Experienced homeowners tend to pause before undertaking a major project like solar installation, especially because it involves their roof. They understand that the roof is one of the most important parts of the structure and can be difficult and expensive to repair if something goes wrong. We think it’s worth asking: Are solar panels safe for your roof?

Are solar panels safe for your roof?

Solar panels are certainly capable of supplying safe and efficient energy to your home for decades. However, the decision on which solar panels to purchase and how they are installed will determine the system’s utility over time. In the list below, you will find a list of considerations you should think about before installing solar panels on your roof.

Maintenance

Let’s get this one out of the way right off the bat. Solar panels offer many benefits, but they require regular maintenance. Once installed, solar panels should be inspected and serviced regularly. Regular maintenance by a solar professional is essential because it can catch problems early on before they develop into something serious. For example, solar professionals can tell you whether the connections have detached or debris is causing safety concerns. Simply put, if you would rather not schedule and pay for regular maintenance, roof solar panels are probably not the best option for you.

Structural integrity

Modern solar panels are designed to be as easy on the structural integrity of your roof as possible. Typically, solar panels are lightweight and designed to spread the weight load across large sections of the roof. Whether new solar panels are safe, however, depends on the integrity of your roof. Even a small amount of extra weight can stress the integrity of some roofs.

Before installing solar panels, all homeowners should have their roof inspected by a solar professional or, better yet, a roofing expert. A roofing expert will be able to tell you with certainty whether your roof can hold the weight of your preferred solar system. With this information, you can proceed confidently, knowing that your roof is safe.

Fire safety

Rooftop solar panels are electrical equipment, so the fire threat should be considered. To diminish the threat of fire, it’s critical that you purchase high-quality solar panels from a reputable dealer. Solar panels are sourced from all over the world, so it’s a good idea to verify that you are installing products that have been tested and have a solid track record.

That being said, solar panels typically do not pose a serious fire risk. Reputable panels are made to exacting standards and have several safeguards with regard to fire. For example, most solar panels are made of non-flammable materials. As a result, the solar panels will not spread or exacerbate the situation in the rare event of a fire on your roof. 

Electrical risks

As with any system that generates electricity, solar panels do pose a small electrical risk. However, modern solar panels are equipped with important safety features such as built-in shut-off mechanisms which allows the system to be shut down if a problem occurs. 

To minimize electrical risk, we recommend using a reputable and fully licensed solar installer. The small premium you pay for a reputable installer is well worth it because they will be in charge of wiring and grounding your solar system, two of the most important functions when it comes to safety and compliance. 

We can help

Our team of roofing experts is always available to you. Contact us if you decide to install solar on your roof. We can inspect your roof and let you know if it is structurally sound and capable of holding the extra weight of solar panels. In addition, we can give you a sense of how long your existing roof will last before it needs to be replaced. The last thing you want to do is install a new solar system and find out in a few years that your roof is in need of replacement as well.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will consider us a resource as you plan your new rooftop solar system.