We all want to help the planet, and many of us take small steps to do that every day. You, on the other hand, want to take a big step with solar panels! Solar panels are an excellent choice for saving both money and the environment. Unfortunately, some roofs simply cannot support solar panels, which is why we have compiled this list of questions to ask about roofing before installing solar panels.
Questions to Ask about Roofing Before Installing Solar Panels
How much energy can my solar panels generate?
One of the first questions you need to ask before installing solar panels is how much energy solar panels on your roof could actually generate. Solar panels generate the most power when the roof is facing the sun, when slanted angle, and when the surroundings are clear enough to allow sunlight in. Speaking with a solar panel company about a roof analysis may help you determine whether your roof is built in a manner that will provide efficient results.
Do I have the “right” type of roof?
While many believe that the material of the roof is the biggest problem, it actually isn’t! Solar panels can be installed on most roof styles, although some are better than others.
Determining if you have the “right” type of roof is primarily dependent on the following:
– The structure of your roof (the right angle for a solar panel to receive adequate sunlight)
– The amount of weight your roof can support
– How much roof space you have
– The current condition of your roof.
If you don’t know the answer to these questions, a roof inspector can provide you with answers.
Is my roof in good condition?
Before installing solar panels, it is highly recommended that you receive a roofing inspection. A roof inspector will notify you of any issues that may cause problems during the solar panel installation or operation; issues may include needed repairs, the life expectancy of the roof, or elements around the roof that may cause damage in the event of a storm.
If your roof inspector identifies problems with your roof, it would be wise to get it repaired or have an entire roof replaced before installing your solar panels.
What happens if I have a roofing problem?
If you happen to have a roofing problem after installing your solar panels, it will most likely be more expensive to get it fixed because the solar panels may have to be removed first. Removing and reinstalling solar panels will add thousands to your overall roof repair cost, as well as the time it takes to get both the solar team and roofing team out to your home.
Are solar panels still worth it if I need to replace my roof?
Yes! Those who install solar panels will save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs over time, which is more than enough to offset the price of a new roof. Additionally, if your roof was nearing the end of its lifespan, it would have needed to be replaced anyways! While we understand the price tag can be a bit daunting when replacing a roof and installing solar panels, it will be worth it in the long run for both you and the environment.
Do you need a roofing inspection? Give Lance Roofing a call today to schedule your appointment.