Is Roof Replacement Needed Before Solar Panel Installation?

Roofs generally have an average life span of 20 years. So as a general rule of thumb, you should consider replacing your existing roof prior to solar panel installation if it’s already near or halfway its expected service life. Replacing your roof after installing solar panels can be a complicated process, and it may cost you more as well.

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JJ Quality Builders of the Palm Beaches, a trusted roofing and painting contractor, discusses some roofing considerations that you should note before starting your solar panel installation project.

Different Roof Types and Solar Panels

Here are a few things that you can expect when installing solar panels on these types of roofing:

  1. Asphalt Roofing – Installing solar panels on asphalt roofs typically involves drilling. If you have relatively new asphalt roofing and it’s in good shape, roof replacement won’t likely be necessary.
  2. Tile Roofing – Drilling through a tile roof can be risky, as it can cause breaking. However, there are safer methods of installing solar panels on this type of roof, so make sure your contractor is skilled and experienced in handling solar panels and tile roofing.
  3. Metal Roofing – It’s generally easier and faster to install solar panels on metal roofing. That’s why this roof type is often considered a good match for solar panels.

Of course, apart from the actual roof, look into other components related to your roofing as well. For instance, check the roof deck, attic insulation, and other minor parts for any damage. You might want to address any existing issues surrounding your roof so as to ensure the security of the entire system and your new solar panels.

What Is Solar Stack?

If you’re concerned about all the drilling during solar panel installation, Solar Stack would surely be a great option to consider. It’s a solar panel mounting system that doesn’t create roof penetrations, so it can maintain the integrity of your roof. It makes use of a code-approved adhesive for securing solar panels, giving you peace of mind regardless of the weather and season.

JJ Quality Builders of the Palm Beaches is a top-rated company specializing in roof replacement. We perform jobs to a high standard, so you can expect excellent results from our team. Call us at [phone_number] or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.