Neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay allow for solar panels. If you’re considering adding solar to your home, you need to think about your roofing system first. The panels last about 20 years which is also the same average life as an asphalt shingle roof. If you have a quote for adding solar to your home, call a roofing company and have them evaluate your roofing system before you sign your contract for the panels.
Not All Roofing Systems are Structurally Ready for Solar
Although the panels themselves don’t weigh very much per square foot, wind can lead to roofing damage. If we have a hurricane, tropical storm or even just a thunderstorm with strong winds, uplift can occur. This is when the wind gets under the panels. In a structurally sound roof, the panels should be fine. However, it’s best to talk with a roofing company about your roof before installing solar panels and have the roofer make any structural changes needed.
Removing and Re-Installing Panels is Expensive
Let’s say your roof is about 10 years old and you have asphalt shingles. If you have your solar company proceed with their installation, chances are good that the solar panels will outlast the roof. That may mean calling them to uninstall the panels and store them. Then informing your roofer that your roof is ready for replacing. Once your roofer schedules you and completes their work you’ll need to call the solar company again and get on their schedule.
You could be several weeks to months without the panels on your roof and the investment for removing, storing and re-installing can add significantly to the cost of your roof replacement. Instead, talk to your roofing company about the remaining life of your roof and if a roof replacement now would be a better choice.
We Offer Free Roof Replacement Estimates
No matter what roofing material you currently have on your roof, call us before installing solar panels on it. We can evaluate the structure and remaining life and then provide you with a free roof replacement estimate. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment.