Solar panels are a fast-growing source of new energy. With the opportunity to reduce energy bills and your carbon footprint, and government incentives, it’s no surprise that more homeowners’ are installing solar panels on their roof. Nevertheless, before making a solar panel investment it’s important to consider a few factors.
Solar panel roofing requirements
An efficient solar panel system will need a home with plenty of sun exposure. Make sure to evaluate any obstructions that may create excessive shading, as it will compromise the performance of your solar system. Another important requirement to consider is the age and health of your roof. If your roof is more than twenty years old, there is a higher chance of damage occurring during installation. An aging roof is also likely to need roof repairs in the near future.
Signs of an unhealthy roof
Before moving forward with the solar panel research, assess whether your roof needs professional attention. One of the most common signs is a leaky roof. Missing or damaged shingles are also possible signs of structural damage to your roof. We’ve compiled a list of common signs that might indicate that your roof is in need of repairs, read more here. However, not all signs are visible from ground level so the best way to check is to have a professional take a look. No need to pull out the ladder, we offer year-round free roof inspections!
Inspect your roof first and save later
The lifetime of solar panels can be up to 25 years or more, but having a strong foundation underneath is key. Having to re-roof after installing solar panels can be more expensive with the accumulated costs of having to remove and reinstall the system. Inspecting your roof early in the decision process can help avoid extra costs in the future. At Birdcreek Roofing we offer free roof inspections for Texas homeowners. Read our “Roof Inspection Checklist” to learn more about out three-step process and contact your local Area Director today for a free inspection!