Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

May 16, 2018 10:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you considering adding solar panels to your roof? You have a lot of different options, including purchasing or leasing the solar equipment, finding a contractor to do the job for you or developing a system customized to the needs of your house. But before you begin the installation process, you need to consider the state of your roof and whether your home is truly capable of supporting those panels. For this reason, it is beneficial to schedule a roof inspection in Dallas, TX before having the panels installed.

Here are a few things to consider.

Your roof needs to be sturdy

It’s not enough that your roof isn’t leaking or doesn’t have any clearly visible signs of wear and tear. You need to have a professional roof inspector come in and be the one to judge whether your roof is stable and in good enough condition to install a very expensive solar power system on top of it.

The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that all solar systems be installed by full-service companies that are well-versed in roofing, but finding installers with this expertise can be difficult. Therefore, you should work with a roofer who can inspect the condition of your roof and also work with the solar power installer to make sure all the weatherproofing, flashing and other infrastructural elements of your roof are in good enough condition to install the equipment.

When to install the solar system

Your roof should ideally be able to last you anywhere from 15 to 30 years. The solar power system should be able to last 25 years or more. Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you install a new roof and the solar power system at the same time if at all possible to minimize the amount of work in the long run. If you do end up needing to replace the roof during the life of the solar panels, you’ll need to figure out what the cost of removing and then reinstalling those panels would be, and try to work that into your contract.

Other considerations

After you have the solar panels installed, you might be wondering who should be your first point of contact if something goes wrong up on your roof. The answer is to keep the roofer at the front of the line. Your roof’s primary function is to protect your home from the elements. So long as the solar panels are properly installed, they should not and will not cause any damage to your roof. This means any problems that arise will most likely be the result of other problems with your roof, so it would fall under the jurisdiction of your professional roofer to correct those issues.

These are just a few issues to take into consideration when you’re thinking about installing solar panels on your roof. For more tips and information, or to schedule a roof inspection in Dallas, TX, we encourage you to contact the team of roofing professionals at Roofmaster Maintenance & Roofing, Inc. today.

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