Going solar is an excellent decision that not only benefits the environment but also saves you money in the long run. But before you explore the exciting world of solar panel installation, there’s one crucial factor to address: your roof.
Disclaimer: Before we proceed, I want to clarify that in most cases, solar installations do not require roof replacement or repair. Solar panels are lightweight and generally do not necessitate reinforcing your rooftop. However, evaluating your roof’s condition is imperative to ensure it can bear the additional burden of solar panels. Alright now we’re ready to dive in!
Solar is a Smart Investment – on a Quality Roof
Installing a solar energy system can yield substantial cost savings over time. However, needing to remove the solar panels a year or two after installation to replace the roof can significantly impact your solar investment return.
The Brightworks team doesn’t want you to be caught off guard or burdened by roofing problems, so let’s delve into why a quality roof is so essential when installing solar panels.
Is Replacing Your Roof Necessary?
There are three key factors to consider when trying to determine whether replacing your roof is necessary prior to installing solar panels.
Roof Age – The age of your roof is a critical factor in deciding whether to replace it before going solar. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of around 20 to 25 years, while other roofing materials like metal or tile can last longer. If your roof is only a year or two away from its expected lifespan, it might be wise to replace it now. On the other hand, if your roof is relatively new or halfway through its life expectancy, replacing it may not be necessary.
Your Budget – At Brightworks, we understand that a complete roof replacement is a significant investment, especially when you’re already planning to install solar panels. You can always plan to replace the roof later, although you may incur a slightly higher cost.
The Benefits of Solar Panel Coverage – One surprising benefit of solar panels is that they provide shade to the shingles beneath them. This shade protects the shingles from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, which typically degrades roofing materials over time. As a result, the shingles may last longer under the protective shade of the solar panels, potentially extending their lifespan.
A stable and well-maintained roof is essential for a successful solar panel installation.
A great place to start is doing a self-assessment of your roof’s condition. We recommend you identify any issues and make an informed decision about whether roof replacement is necessary before going solar.
At Brightworks Energy, we believe that combining solar panels with a quality roof is the key to maximizing your solar investment and securing a brighter, more sustainable future for your home.
The Brightworks team is here to provide expert advice, every step of the way.