Consult Your Roofer Before Installing Solar
Are you considering solar power for your home? There are myriad choices including buying or leasing the solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment, finding a contractor, and properly sizing a system. Before you call in the installers though, spend a little time with your roofer, like the professionals at Monarch Roofing - even if you believe your roof is ready.
Non-Leaking isn’t the only issue to consider
While you may believe that your roof is suitable, your roofer is more qualified to judge before you install a system costing thousands. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that a PV system be installed by a full-service system integrator who’s also well-versed in roofing. Not all installers have this expertise so your roofer should not only inspect the roof’s condition but also work with the installers to make sure the roof flashing and weatherproofing is done correctly. Among other helps, your roofer should also consult with the PV installer to make sure that fire classifications for both roof and system match.
Coordinating a combo roof and PV installation
The typical service life for a roof can range anywhere from 15 to 30 years, while a PV system’s service life can be upwards of 25 years. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that if you’re installing both a roof and a PV system at the same time, install the PV system on a roof with at least as long an expected service life as that of the solar components. That way, it reduces the chances of damaging your PV equipment when you have to replace your roof.
Problems, who do you call first?
Your top rated roofing professional should be the first call since your roof’s primary duty is to keep your home weather-tight. Properly installed PV panels should not cause any damage to your roof.