When considering the switch to solar energy, some homeowners express concern about potential roof damage. The thought of drilling holes into a roof for solar panel installation can understandably raise questions about leaks, structural damage, and even decreased longevity. However, these concerns, while legitimate, are often based on a myth. In this blog post, we’ll set the record straight about solar panels and roof damage.
The Importance of Professional Installation
First and foremost, it’s essential to understand that when solar panels are installed correctly by professional installers, the risk of roof damage is minimal. Experienced installers know how to assess the condition of a roof before starting the installation and will recommend any necessary repairs to ensure the roof is in good condition to hold the panels.
Professional installers also understand the importance of correct mounting and sealing to prevent water intrusion. The brackets used to secure solar panels are properly sealed to provide a waterproof barrier, reducing the risk of leaks.
The Role of Mounting Systems
Solar panels aren’t just placed directly on your roof. Instead, they’re installed using a mounting system. This mounting system not only holds the panels securely in place but also elevates them slightly above the roof’s surface. This design allows for air flow, which helps to keep both the panels and the roof cool, and provides a gap that prevents direct contact between the panels and the roofing material.
Solar Panels Can Protect Your Roof
Rather than causing damage, solar panels can actually serve to protect your roof. Once installed, they shield the covered portion of your roof from the elements, including sunlight, rain, and hail. This protection can reduce weather-related wear and tear and could potentially extend the lifespan of your roof.
A Note on Removal and Reinstallation
If your roof does need to be replaced after solar panels have been installed, the panels can be removed and then reinstalled. While this does involve additional cost, it’s a relatively straightforward process for professional solar installers and can be factored into the cost of a new roof.
When installed correctly by professionals, solar panels should not cause damage to your roof. Instead, they can offer protection and potentially extend your roof’s lifespan.
At ProSolar, we pride ourselves on our professional installation services. Our experienced team assesses the condition of your roof before installation, uses high-quality mounting systems, and ensures that all installations are sealed correctly to prevent leaks. We’re not just in the business of providing solar energy; we’re here to ensure that it’s done with the utmost respect for the integrity of your home.