Are you thinking of installing solar panels on your roof? Going solar is becoming a trend in more neighborhoods throughout the United States because this source of power can save you money on your electric bills and taxes and improve home values. However, to get the most value for your purchase, you must plan carefully.
Once you’ve got the solar panels up on your roof, you won’t want to move them. So make sure your roof is ready for your commitment to solar.
Below are the three things you should do before installing solar panels on your roof.
Have Your Roof Inspected
Can your roof support the weight of solar panels? Trust us when we say you don’t want to guess what this answer may be. It’s much better to have your roof evaluated than risk extensive damages to your house.
Qualified roofing contractors can do a roof stress test relatively quickly. You’ll want someone experienced you can trust.
When doing an inspection, a roofing contractor should check your roof and attic for structural damage or weak spots. These can then be repaired before installing solar panels on your roof.
Replace Old Roofs
If you’re planning to replace your roof in the next couple of years, it will be easier and more cost-effective to do it before you install solar panels on your roof.
Solar panels can be removed and reattached, but that’s an extra expense.
A quality roof will last for 20 years or more. That’s about how long solar panels last as well. By replacing your roof before you add the solar panels, you won’t have to worry about moving or adjusting anything for the next couple of decades.
Move Objects in the Way
Some objects such as antennas, vents and satellite dishes may get in the way of installing solar panels on your roof. So before adding your solar panels, you’ll want to move these items. Sometimes vents are difficult to relocate or are required by building codes. Your roofing contractor can help you decide what to do.
You’ll also want to check for trees blocking the sun. You may need to have branches trimmed or trees removed.
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Installing solar panels on your roof is an exciting venture for any homeowner. Call the Roof Doctor for all your roofing needs, including questions about solar panels.