Roof Mounted Solar Panels: What to Know


Roof mounted solar panels are a fantastic method to save money on energy bills and help the environment. Before installing them, it’s important to ensure that your roof is in good condition. If your roof must be replaced, you may not be able to install solar panels until the new roof is set up. In this post, we will discuss the importance of having a strong roof before installing solar panels and offer suggestions for making sure that your roof can handle the weight of the solar panels.

This system provides savings for both businesses and households. Before putting up roof-mounted solar panels, you should ensure that your roof is in good condition. You may not be able to put up solar panels if your roof needs to be replaced.

The weight of solar panels must also be taken into consideration when selecting a roof. Your roof should be able to support the weight of solar panels, which range between 40 and 80 pounds. To determine if your roof can bear the weight of solar panels, you should seek the assistance of a contractor who installs them. They can assist you in selecting a roof capable of bearing the weight of solar panels and installing them properly.

Flat roofs, specifically low-slope roofs with parapet walls, are most prone to leaking in older homes and buildings built pre 1990. This is because the decking in many cases here no longer meets modern day international building code necessary to apply such weight. If you’re considering installing roof mounted solar panels, make sure your roof is in good condition and can handle the weight of the panels to prevent them from pooling/ponding in the areas installed. By doing so, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the benefits that solar panels have to offer.

 Though most licensed solar contractors are more than capable of waterproofing the penetrations created by the solar mounts, it is still a good idea to consider hiring a roofing contractor for the extra set of professional eyes. When removing the panels for upcoming roof work, always consult with your solar panel contractor (first) to ensure you don’t void any warranties with the solar panel manufacturer and service provider(s). It is rare that roof replacements, installs, and repairs can be worked around the panels. For best and most cost-effective results, it is best to install the panels over a new or restored roofing system. This will guard you from inflation and headaches from needing to deal with solar panel detach/resets in the future.

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