The most frequently asked questions we receive from homeowners considering Making The Switch to solar are: ‘how do solar panels affect the structural integrity of my roof? Will the panels cause leakage? Do they damage my roof in any way? What if my roof needs to be replaced?’. These are all legitimate questions and we’re here to provide some answers so you can feel more confident about your decision.
SOLAR PROTECTS YOUR ROOF
Your roof is constantly being hit by wind, rain, snow, and strong UV rays. Similar to any material exposed to the elements, your roof will gradually wear meaning it will eventually have to be replaced. Fortunately, solar panels are extremely durable and can withstand a variety of weather conditions; in fact, the panels act as a physical barrier between your roof and anything that hits it. Rain or shine, solar panels significantly extend your roof’s life. Solar panels are not only completely safe to install on your roof without causing leakage, but they also do a great job protecting and extending the life of your roof.
SOLAR REGULATES YOUR HOME’S TEMPERATURE
During the hot summer months your roof is being hit by intense UV rays from the sun. Solar panels help absorb direct sunlight (sunlight that would have otherwise been directly hitting your roof), converts it into energy for your home and keeps your roof and your house cooler. The panels also work the opposite way by keeping heat in during the cooler months. Not only will you be able to generate clean electricity for your home, you will save on heating and cooling costs throughout the year while increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency. To put into perspective how much you’ll be saving, a study done by researchers at UC San Diego found that solar panels can reduce the amount of heat reaching your roof by about 38 percent during hot weather.
If your roof is already in good condition when installed correctly, solar panels will not damage your roof at all. Keeping that in mind, it is important that your roof is evaluated before installation. It is recommended that your roof should be less than 10 years old and preferably be less than 5 years from needing a replacement. Generally, roofs should be categorized as good, better, and best based on their overall ability to host panels. Roofs that are evaluated as being a good candidate for solar panel installation can accommodate the extra weight without trouble.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
As mentioned earlier, the newer the roof the better suited it is for a solar system installation. However, should your roof need to be replaced sometime after you have already installed your solar system, the panels can be easily removed to get this done. It is ideal to replace your roof before a solar installation so you will not have to deal with the hassle of removing and reinstalling a solar system onto your roof.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The installation of solar panels will not damage your roof; in fact, proper installation of your solar system will not only protect your roof by keeping it safe from the elements, it will extend the life of your roof. Remember, solar panels can save you thousands of dollars over they’re lifetime. Any investment made towards solar will be offset by your savings on more than just your hydro bill.
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