Solar panels are installed on the roof of your home and are designed to absorb the sun’s rays and provide an energy source for electricity in your home. But if installed incorrectly, they can cause permanent damage to your roof. Here are some things to look out for when considering solar panel installation on the roof of your home:
The panels must be attached properly.
Professionals will assess the quality and design of your roof to help determine whether it is a good candidate for solar panels. Some types of panels are installed via a secure racking system, ensuring that they will stay in place and not be affected by rain, wind, or other weather phenomena. Others are mounted on a pad first to protect your roof’s membrane from solar panel frame damage. In most cases, solar panels are attached to mounted rails that ensure they stay in place on your roof.
Leak prevention is essential to proper panel installation.
In order to install the solar panels correctly, holes need to be drilled into your roof. Fortunately, installers have special attachments that help divert water away from and around these perforations. Panels themselves are also designed to prevent water buildup and intrusion. The mounts that panels are installed upon are surrounded by coverings that provide an extra barrier between your roof and the weather. To even further prevent leakage, your roof should be in good condition with no holes or weak spots at all prior to installation.
Your roof’s structure will help determine if and how solar panels can be installed.
Roofs that are designed to be very sturdy and can accommodate heavy loads without needing to be modified are the best candidates for solar panels. Asphalt shingles are one of the best roofing materials for installing solar panels, but there are plenty of other materials that panels can be installed on. If your roof needs to be replaced sooner than 10-15 years, it may not be the best candidate for solar. An installer will survey your roof to determine its weight limitations to ensure it can handle the weight of the panels.
If you’re considering solar panels for your roof, it’s best to talk with a professional to see if this option is right for you and your home. Alternative Roofing, Inc. is a licensed Maryland roofing company with more than 30 years’ experience. Our professionals are available 27/4 to help you with all your roofing needs. Contact us today!