Florida is one of the fastest growing markets for solar technology. With long days and a high percentage of sunny days, solar power is the perfect way to take advantage of the sun. As much as the solar salesperson wants you to sign the contract, remember he is not a roofing contract. So, before you sign a contract with a solar company, you should consider these three things.
1. You May Want to Replace Your Roof First
We did a whole blog about this some time ago. Solar panels have an expected life of about 20 years. If your roof is already 10 years old and you have asphalt roofing, you’re not going to want to uninstall your solar to replace your roof only to pay to have it re-installed and re-commissioned. You’ll end up spending considerably more.
2. Solar Costs More on Tile Roofing
If you’re thinking about replacing your roof and having solar installed, talk to the solar company about the cost differences in installing it on asphalt versus tile. We love tile roofing and recommend it frequently, however, if you already have asphalt but are considering switching over before your solar installation, you may be faced with a significant expense to reinforce your roof and have them install the solar over your tile. You may also want to avoid barrel style tiles as they are more prone to breakage with traffic than a flat roof tile. If you must have tile due to your HOA, make sure your roofing contractor orders some extra tile in the event some is damaged during the solar installation.
3. Even if Your Roof is New, Get a Roofing Inspection
Unless you’re having your solar array installed by a roofing contractor, call one for a roofing inspection. They can make sure you don’t have any issues or repair any problems that haven’t yet shown themselves in the form of a roof leak before the panels cover them up. Although the panels themselves provide some protection for the roof, rain still runs down your roof and roof leaks happen. They relatively expensive to repair under a solar panel and sometimes require removal which adds up to the repair expense.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions has worked with homeowners both before and after solar installations. We will inspect and repair any issues before yours is installed if you reach out to us for an appointment either by filling out our contact form or calling (813) 283-2544 today.