5 Questions You Should Ask Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels?

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels?

Rooftop solar panels have been growing in popularity for years, as a rooftop is ideal for a solar setup mainly because of the unobstructed sun and, depending on the slope, can offer easier installation. However, is it worth the risk of damaging your roof, or causing more damage to an already leaking one? Here at Wyben Amarillo Roofing we take your roof seriously and have answered five of the most important questions homeowners should ask before installing rooftop solar panels.

1. Does the roof need to be repaired or replaced?

A typical solar panel system usually lasts about 20 years. If your roof has a shorter lifespan than 20 years, this could lead to more trouble down the road. If your roof is in bad condition or needs smaller repairs, this should be done before the installation of solar panels to prevent leaking and further roof damage.

2. Where will the water go?

Your roof is designed to shed water down the pitch and into the gutters or away from the building. If this flow is interrupted it could create pools of water around the solar panel system and cause damage to the roof and potentially pose risk to the solar panels.

3. How much weight can your roof handle?

There are several factors that determine the amount of weight your roof can handle including the age of the roof, the pitch of the roof, and the overall health of your roof. 

A typical healthy roof can hold 20 lbs per square inch. Meaning for pitched roofs, solar panels add about 3 lbs per square foot and 5 lbs per square foot on flat roofs.  Homeowners should also consider other factors as well, like ice and snow that may add to the weight of the solar array.

4. Do you have a maintenance plan?

Even roofs without solar panels need regular maintenance!  Homeowners’ should schedule routine maintenance like roof inspections, washing off dirt and debris, gutter cleaning, and mold removal.

Solar panel system adds to that maintenance with regular cleaning, and a dusting of panels so they can function properly.

5. Have you researched reputable solar companies?

Choosing a reputable roofing company matter for the sake of quality and the treatment of your roof. The best way to check a company’s reputation is to speak with previous customers, look for google reviews, or your local BBB.

Bottom line, we care about your roof.  Solar panels are a great investment, however it could be a bad choice if your roof is not in good condition. Solar panels equals roof penetrations and which could lead to the possibility for roof leaks. If you are considering a rooftop solar system, give us a call at (806) 318-2929 or contact us at https://bit.ly/3n6Ev12 for a free inspection and estimate.

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