We’ve had several questions & comments come up on our Facebook page recently about roofing concerns when installing solar panels, so our goal at SunHarvest Solar is to educate our customers and potential customers. Keep reading to learn more!
The age of your roof is a factor because solar panels are designed to last 25-30 years. If you think your roof will need to be replaced prior to a new solar installation or replacing or adding any solar panels, then it’s a great idea to have a qualified roof inspection prior to proceeding. If we see any evidence your roof may need repair in the short term, we’ll always make recommendations prior to installations.
The material your roof is made of is something that should be taken into account also, as roofing materials have various life spans. When looking to install solar, you should consider including a potential roof replacement in the total cost of solar panel installation if your roof is older or hasn’t been properly maintained. A reliable roof is imperative when installing rooftop solar. If the roof does need to be replaced after solar panels have been installed, it can be very costly (anywhere from $2,000 - $5,000) to remove and reinstall. Fortunately, you can use the Solar ITC tax credit towards your roof when installing solar, and receive that 26% tax credit the following year!
Controlling pests around your solar panels is a good way to keep your roof, and solar panels in tip-top shape. If, for example, you live in an area with pigeons, they can be a nuisance to your panels/roof. Pigeons are typically tempted to nest under the panels, occasionally getting trapped, or defecating on them. As you can imagine, this can negatively impede production. Therefore, you might want to bird proof your panels, and while somewhat unsightly, the bird proofing will result in keeping the panels and roof in better shape. Here’s a video that highlights one available pigeon-proofing product to give you an idea.
Trees are awesome, but only when they don’t shade your solar panels. No sun, no solar power. Trees also attract birds, and deciduous trees can create other maintenance issues with the solar, drainage, and productivity.
There are benefits to installing rooftop solar too (besides the great savings and the cleaner energy usage)! Rooftop solar acts as a form of protection against weather, and as a thermal barrier from sun damage which can provide a longer life to an existing roof so it will stay in good condition for the entirety of the life of the solar panels.
Solar should be considered a long-term investment. Just like your home and business need regular maintenance, solar panels should be kept clean, and free of debris to work efficiently,
If you have any questions about rooftop solar installations, get in touch today!