Why you shouldn't install solar without having your roof looked at first
With solar power becoming more affordable by the year, it makes sense for many homeowners to consider having solar installed on their home.
Making sure your home is ready for solar is one the first and most essential steps in the solar process.
In this article, we will look at why you should have a roofing evaluation done on your home before you consider having solar installed.
OLD ROOFS ARE BAD FOR SOLAR
If your home hasn’t been roofed in a while and your roof is on its final few years, you don’t want to install solar until you have your roof redone.
Having solar installed on an old roof will end up costing you more in the long term. If you have solar installed on an old roof, the system has to be uninstalled when your roof needs to be redone.
Uninstalling solar panels and having them reinstalled on a new roof can be expensive and could cost thousands of dollars.
Not only can installing a system on top of an old roof end up costing you more long term due to installation costs, but it could also cost you with roofing failures.
By making penetrations into old roofing materials, installers can cause unintended cracks that could let water into your home and potentially cost you more damages.
Installing a solar panel array on top of an old roof that needs to be replaced in the near future is never a good idea.
A NEWER ROOF MEANS NO WORRIES
If your home has a newer roof on it, then you are most likely ready for solar. Homeowners who are looking to install solar want 80% or more of the lifespan of their roof remaining.
Most high-quality solar panels are warrantied for 25 years of performance.
Ideally, you don’t want to replace your roof before the warranty has expired because it can cause complications especially if an untrained professional tries to install the system.
Homeowners with metal roofs are great candidates for solar because high-quality metal roofs have lifespans of 50 years or more. With a metal roof, you likely will never need to replace your roof.
Homeowners in Park City want to make sure to have a roofing evaluation on their home completed before considering solar. If the roof of a house is old and needs to be replaced soon, it is not a good idea to install solar panels over the roof.
Replacing an old roof and then installing solar is going to cost you less in the long run as there are expensive fees with taking off and remounting a solar array.