More and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. With the changing climate, rising prices of utilities, and cost of living in general, it should come as no surprise that more homeowners are interested in the installation of solar roofs. Solar roof installation is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and reduce the cost of electricity. You can also possible sell excess energy generated back into the grid.
Solar roof panels are actually more affordable to install now that demand has increased and technology has improved. Yet despite this decrease in cost, solar roof installation still remains a significant initial investment. This is why before you decide on solar, first see if you need any roof maintenance. Following are a few things to think about before deciding on solar roof installation.
Can Your Roof Hold Extra Weight?
Before considering solar roof installation, make sure your roof is inspected. Because solar panels can weigh more than average roofing, it is a good idea for a professional to check your roof to ensure it is capable of holding this excess weight.
Some roofs may not have enough structural integrity to hold the excess weight for several reasons, such as its current condition or the structural specifications of the roof itself. If your roof is not capable of bearing the weight of the panels, you may need a roof replacement or refurbishment.
Is Your Roof Too Old?
Solar panels are generally made to last and generate power for 25 to 30 years. Before getting any type of solar panels installed, determine the age of your current roof and whether it is nearing the end of its service life. Roofs already nearing the end of their serviceable life span should be replaced.
The Condition of Your Roof
If you have been slacking on roof maintenance, you may not be able to install solar roof panels right away. Any roof shingles that are broken, curled, or missing should first be fixed and replaced. Your roof should not have any valleys or dips due to deterioration or damage as that could make it unable to provide good support for solar panels. Any leaks should also be fixed.
It is always a good idea to check your roof to make sure everything is in good working order before having solar panels put on. Then necessary roof maintenance should be done to ensure your roof is in top condition for solar panel installation. Most importantly, be sure to hire a qualified and experienced roofing company to perform the roof maintenance needed and your roof should be ready to go!