Top-of-the-line solar energy systems can last up to 25 years before they need replacement. In a lot of cases, this means that the system will outlive the roof on which it has been placed. So what do homeowners need to know about solar panels and roof repairs?
Here are some key questions to ask before installing solar panels on your rooftop:
1. How Old Is Your Roof?
Asphalt shingle roofs typically last about as long as a solar energy system. If your roof is more than a few years old, you may want to consider getting it replaced before installing your system. If the roof is relatively new, however, it could be financially smarter to hold off on roof replacement for a while. Consult with a roofing and/or solar contract for a professional opinion.
2. Does Your Roof Need Repairs?
If you have already installed solar panels and want to replace your roof, there is no way around it. Your solar panels will have to come down. This means your power will most likely go down during the panel removal and reinstallation.
Therefore, if your roof is old or damaged, you should replace it or repair it before installing solar panels.
3. How Much Weight Can Your Roof Handle?
Installing solar panels will increase the weight of your roof. If your roof becomes too heavy, it might collapse. To avoid such situations, have a professional evaluate your roof to determine whether any additional installation is required to complete the installation.
You can have your roof replaced with a stronger and more durable type in extreme cases before installing solar panels.
4. Are You Protected by Warranty?
It is always vital to have a warranty for your roof and solar panels. Hiring a contractor who can provide a warranty for both solar panels and roof replacement is even more advantageous. Look for the following types of warranties:
Solar panel warranty
The best solar panel warranties will run for 25 years and cover the panels, inverter, racking, craftsmanship, performance guarantee, and roof.
This warranty covers situations where the solar panels and related equipment have been incorrectly installed.
Roofing warranties will protect your asphalt shingle roof from any damages during installation and provide coverage from defects. It’s a bonus if the company to work with is a GAF Master Elite Contractor for residential roofing.
5. Work With the Best Contractor
Working with a contractor who can do both solar panel installation and roof replacement will save you the trouble of moving from one contractor to another. It will also give you enough security and assurance during solar panel installation or roof replacement.
Roofing and Solar Installation All-In-One
At Solar Optimum, we have a team of highly competent installers who have extensive training in performing both panel installation and roof replacement. We offer both full and partial re-roofing to your home and the best warranty. For more than 12 years, we have been the leading solar installers in California. Contact us to learn more,