Making the decision to switch to solar is easy. However, once the initial decision is made, there are many other factors that must be considered. What kind of solar panel is best for me? What type of battery is most suitable for my system? What are solar inverters, and how do I choose among them? These are all important decisions you must make regarding the solar system to be installed on your roof. However, the first step to consider before all these other factors is whether you need to replace your roof prior to installation.
Evaluating your roof’s condition is one of the most important steps to take before committing to installing solar panels. If your roof is not in good shape prior to the installation of the solar system, there is a chance that you may have to pay to remove and reinstall your panels in order to repair your roof in the future.
Determining the Quality of Your Roof
How do you know if your roof is in good enough condition for installation? Typically, solar companies recommend that your roof has at least 15 years of life remaining prior to installation. If your roof’s remaining life falls in between 10 and 15 years, we recommend you look at your solar savings estimate to determine if you want to replace your roof prior to installation. It’s not uncommon for individuals to try and get a few more years out of their roof before choosing to replace it.
There are, however, some signs you can look for on your own to determine the quality of your roof. These include: missing shingles, shingle granules falling into the gutters or washing off the roof, or damp spots in the attic.
When making the decision to switch to solar, it is important to first assess the quality of your roof to determine whether you are ready for installation to begin. It is also important to note the positive impact solar panels can have on your roof. In addition to being cost effective and environmentally friendly, solar panels protect your roof from harsh elements and weather, thereby preserving the quality of your roof for years to come.
There is no better time to make the switch to solar. To learn more, you can reach us at 1-877-772-6357.