One of the most significant things the new green mindset has focused on in recent years has been solar energy. Since 2014, solar installations have increased by nearly 1000%! You’ve probably seen your neighbors and local businesses installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes and buildings. It’s becoming more and more common. But, what impact do solar panels have on the roof itself? Are the impacts great enough to dissuade you from moving forward with a solar panel roof installation? Here are a few things to know when it comes to this installation.
There are several ways to install solar panels, or solar arrays, on roofs. Some require holes, and some do not. One method consists of a racking system that does not penetrate the roof surface. This means the roof warranty you have will not be compromised either. These racking systems also allow for easy access to the roof under the panels. They also can be easily removed at the homeowner’s request when roof access is required for jobs such as shingle repair or replacement. Your local roofing contractor can discuss with you the various installation methods available to you and which fits your budget.
It can’t be stressed enough. Finding a reputable solar installation contractor is key. They will ensure there is no damage to your roof during the installation process. Even the slightest dent in a roof may seem minor now, but down the road can lead to a serious problem with the roofing integrity. Knowledgeable installers understand the importance of maintaining roof integrity and will guarantee their installation work.
One benefit of rooftop solar installations is they create natural shading on a roof. Much like a tree above a building, solar panels absorb direct sunlight and provide shading to the roof. Recent studies have shown that a building’s ceiling was 5 degrees cooler with a solar panel installation than those that did not have one. This can significantly impact the cost to cool your home during the hot summer months.
Solar panels act as a natural barrier, keeping your roof protected from sun, rain, snow, and hail. Solar arrays also protect the surface of your roof from damaging UV rays. This added benefit as a barrier means the lifetime of your roof is extended, providing additional cost savings from expensive repairs. Not only that, it also means your roof could potentially last longer as it will not be exposed to the typical weather-related wear and tear that a completely exposed roof would have to contend with.
In closing, one of the most important things to consider is whether your roof can support a solar panel installation. We are not talking weight here; instead, does your roof get enough sunlight? If your roof is continuously covered in shade, then solar panels are not a feasible option for you.
If you are curious about solar panels, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We can help walk through your options and see if solar panels are a good option for you.