Solar panels on your roof are a great way to save money on your ever-increasing utility bills. However, without proper inspection and preparation, they can end up costing a lot more than necessary or even do further damage to your property. Here are some things to keep in mind if you decide to go the solar route.
#1 Get A Proper Inspection, Before Installing Solar on your Roof
This may seem like a no-brainer; however, you would be surprised by the number of people who do not do their due diligence and have solar panels installed without checking for problems beforehand. While many solar companies will look out for issues like this, you may be working with an unscrupulous salesperson who is just trying to make a sale and will push for the installation regardless of the condition of your roof. Do not leave this important matter to the hands of someone who may not have your best interest in mind. Contact a professional to inspect the condition of your roof before scheduling an installation.
#2. Repair Any Underlying Issues
Solar panel installation can do a number to your roof. This is why it is important to make sure that your roof is in the best shape possible. You should have already had a professional inspect your roof for issues, so why would you not want to fix them? Even the slightest damage can cause problems down the road. The stress put on your roof from solar panel installation and the extra weight that is added thereafter is sure to worsen any existing problem.
#3. The Age of Your Roof
While your roof may be in the best shape and ready for the repair, the end of its lifespan is definitely something to consider. A typical asphalt or wooden roof has a lifespan of about 20-30 years, whereas a metal roof usually lasts 50-70 years. Now, consider the fact that solar panels generally last for about 25+ years. If you have a wooden roof that is already 10 or 15 years into its lifespan, it makes little sense to install something that is going to far outlive your roof. You should probably consider a roof replacement to ensure that you get the most out of your solar panel investment. As an added benefit, it will surely add value to your home.
Before You Go
Solar panels are a great investment, as long as you have prepared properly. Whether you need an inspection, roof repair, or complete roof overhaul, the professional team at The Roof Clinic is here for you. Do not let your investment go to waste by not taking the proper precautions beforehand, contact us today to determine what is best for your roof before beginning the installation process.