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What You Need To Know Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

With rising energy prices, the installation of rooftop solar panels has become an increasingly popular option for homeowners. Solar panels help homeowners save money every month on their energy bills and are also good for the environment. However, not all roofs are ready to handle solar panels. In this article, we will look at what you must do to properly evaluate your roof before solar installation.

Consider your roof’s lifespan

Solar panels typically perform well for about 25-30 years. But you won’t get that kind of longevity out of your solar system if your roof begins failing sooner. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your roof will last as long or longer than your solar panels.

On average, standard asphalt shingle roofs perform well for 20-30 years. To match the lifespan of your solar panels, you will likely need to install a new shingle roof before solar installation. Premium roofs like metal, tile, and slate roofs last longer. Typically, metal roofs perform well for between 35-70 years, tile roofs for 50-100 years, and slate roofs for 50-200 years.

By calculating the anticipated lifespan of your current roof, you can decide whether you need to install a new roof prior to solar panel installation.

Don’t forget about roof load capacity

While solar panels look sleek sitting atop a roof, they are quite bulky and heavy. On average, solar panels weigh about 40 pounds each. So, it’s essential to ensure that your current roof can support the additional weight. Having a structural engineer or professional roofing contractor inspect your roof before any solar installation is a good idea. This will allow you to shore up your roof and add structural improvements if necessary.

Fix any roof damage

Once your solar panels are installed, accessing the roof to make necessary repairs becomes more complex and costly. That’s why fixing any roof damage prior to installation is advisable. Before your solar panels go up, inspect your roof for any leaks, cracks, missing shingles, deterioration, or other signs of damage. If you aren’t sure what to look for, ask a professional roofing contractor to come to your home and inspect your roof. A good roofing contractor will be able to identify any existing damage and fix any areas of concern.

Perform necessary roof maintenance

As mentioned, roof repairs become more difficult to perform after installing solar panels. The same is true of regular roof maintenance. We recommend taking care of your standard roof maintenance before the solar installation. Make sure that your roof and gutters are free of any debris, and trim all tree branches to ensure they don’t fall and damage the roof or your new solar panels.

CMR can get your roof ready for solar installation

CMR is home to some of the most knowledgeable roofing experts in the industry. We can help you determine if your roof is prepared for solar panel installation and fix any existing roof problems. Contact us today, and we’ll make sure your roof is in peak condition and ready for the shift to solar power.