What to Know Before Installing Solar This Summer

May 15, 2018 4:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels on your roof this summer, it’s important to check that your roof is actually capable of holding up to that installation. You’ll need to consider the age of the roof, its condition and the costs of repairing or replacing it.

There are some indicators that your roof isn’t in great condition that you can find even without having to climb up on top of your house. These include mildew, leaks or stains in the attic, walls or ceilings, high energy costs due to poor ventilation or the presence of dark, dirty-looking areas on your roof.

Contact a roofing company in Gilbert, AZ before installing solar to make sure your roof can handle it.

Get an inspection done

If you don’t believe you’ve seen any of the above signs or are unsure if any of them are present in your house, this is a good first sign. However, it’s still important for you to get a professional to help you out in assessing the quality and condition of your roof. If you don’t already have a roofing company you typically work with, your chosen solar contractor might have relationships with roofers in the area that it can recommend.

Your roofing contractor can then go up top and inspect your roof and let you know if it is in good enough condition to install a solar array on top, or if you’d need to replace the roof first. You might only need to make a few minor repairs to get your roof in good enough shape to add the solar panels, so a full replacement might not be necessary. The only real way to know is by having a professional inspection.

A big factor here is going to be the age of your existing roof. This will not only help the contractor determine how well your materials are holding up, but it will also indicate whether they will continue to hold up in the foreseeable future. If you don’t know exactly how old your roof is, the style of material can be a good indicator. The contractor will also look for signs of material wear, leaks, dry rot and weaknesses.

While solar arrays only weigh about four pounds per square foot, a roof that has been damaged or weakened can still sag under that extra weight, so it’s extremely important to be sure your roof can handle it!

Consider the price

If you really need a new roof, it’s probably something you shouldn’t put off for too long. Still, it’s better to get that job done upfront than having the solar panels installed, then removed just a couple years later to do the roofing and reinstall them. Plus, when the solar panels are uninstalled, they won’t provide you with any power. Financially it makes the most sense to get a new roof before you put the solar panels on your home.

For more information about what to consider before installing solar panels on your home, contact a roofing company in Gilbert, AZ.

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