Roof Quality & Solar Panel Installation
Before you install any solar panels on your roof, there is one major consideration—the age and quality of your roof. Unfortunately, there are a lot of solar company’s out there who fail to let homeowners know that their roofs need to be replaced or repaired prior to solar installation, even if they know that those same homeowners will run into roof problems in a couple of years.
Our team at Solar Bear Orlando won’t do you like that! We will help you make sure that your roof is in great condition before installing any solar panels to ensure the longevity of your roof and your solar system.
Is Your Roof Solar Ready?
Before installing solar, consider these aspects of your roof:
The Age of Your Roof
Your roof will be considered “too old” if it is approaching 20 years. Many home insurance companies will not renew your policy if your roof is already 20 years old, even if there is no damage.
If your roof is nearing that 20-year mark, it will be best to get an inspection and re-roof to ensure that your roof will be covered under your insurance and that it will be able to withstand the weight of a solar system.
Generally, asphalt shingle roofs should be 10 years old or less and in good condition before beginning a solar installation project.
While solar is best suited for well-made, newer roofs, we are always happy to service any solar panel-related roof issues for you after installation!
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The Square Footage of Your Roof
The size of your roof matters when it comes to installing solar as it needs to meet the minimum requirements of usable surface area.
This minimum usable surface area allows your solar system to be correctly installed on your roof, while also meeting your solar needs and complying with building codes.
Most building codes require pathways of open roof access and areas for ventilation to clear smoke, fumes, or heat during a fire. Your solar consultant from Solar Bear will address these concerns during your solar project.
The Material Your Roof is Made Of
Asphalt roofing is a great roofing surface to support solar panels. But most roofing materials can be modified for solar installation as well.
Other Roofing Considerations
- Check the small print of your roof warranty. There may be wordage there voiding the warranty that you have if solar panels are installed on the roof.
- Hire a reputable solar company that will agree to repair to replace any part of your roof that is damaged during the installation process.
- If you have a lot of land with outbuildings or large sheds, consider installing solar on these buildings or even a ground array. This can save you roof-related solar panel costs, or from voiding your warranty.
- A good solar panel contractor like Solar Bear will inspect your roof first, before proceeding with a solar panel sale. We want to ensure that your roof is in optimal condition before moving forward!
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Install Solar with Solar Bear
If you are ready to go solar but are unsure of the state of your roof, no worries! Call Solar Bear Orlando! We will come out to inspect your roof to ensure that it meets our standards for solar installation. And if it’s not, we do roofing too! We can re-roof your home and install a solar array at the same time!
Ready to get started? Call Solar Bear Orlando for a FREE solar and roofing quote today—407-904-7585!