Roof replacement and solar installation – should you do both?

Residential rooftop solar installations provide huge savings to homeowners. They enjoy clean and affordable energy while doing their part in the fight to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions.

If you’re thinking about bringing solar into your home, one big question going through your mind might be: Is my rooftop suitable for a solar energy system?

If you suspect your roof is too old to handle a rooftop solar installation, consider consulting with a roofer first. A roofing company can conduct an affordable inspection and provide answers. A roof inspection will also identify possible obstructions that block the sun’s energy, which is another good thing to know. Solar companies also do roof evaluations and inspections.

Some homeowners may not notice any visible wear and tear to their rooftop. In this case, the age of the roof can be a reliable indicator as to whether it needs to be replaced.

In many cases, roofs between 15 and 20 years old could soon need replacement. Solar panels, by contrast, are designed to outlast that timeframe. If your rooftop will soon qualify for replacement, it makes a lot of sense to do so before installing solar panels. You can also have peace of mind that your new roof and solar panel system are on the same warranty timeline.

If homeowners decide to not replace their roof before installing rooftop solar, they have the option to remove and reinstall their solar electricity systems at a later time. But in addition to the new roof costs, they can expect to pay more than $1,000 to remove and reinstall solar panels.

If you do notice some roof wear and tear, here’s what to keep an eye out for. Missing shingles are easy to spot and are not uncommon. Wind and other weather factors can eat away at roofing material.

Curling shingles and cracked tiles are also signs that the roof is in need of repair or replacement. Asphalt shingles will begin to curl and degrade due to UV exposures. Shingle granules washing away is another clue. If you noticed pieces of shingle granules in gutters or other areas around the house, it’s likely that your asphalt roof is in need of attention.

Damp spots and rot along the attic roof is another sign that there’s an issue brewing with the roof.

So before you make the switch the solar, consider getting your rooftop checked out. A simple evaluation can save you time and money and will help you make the most out of your new solar electricity system.

Contact us today if you are ready to get started on your solar project.

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