Replacing your roof is a significant investment in your home. When you add solar panels into the mix, there is a whole new layer of complexity.
We want to empower you to make an informed choice when it comes to your home. Here are some things to consider when you are replacing a roof and want to have solar panels at any point.
Think about materials
When thinking long-term, especially if you have plans to integrate solar panels, the foundation is key. The material beneath the shingle needs to be able to support and be compatible with future solar installations.
Price vs. quality
It’s tempting to cut corners and save a few bucks, but when it comes to roofing, you must weigh the price against quality. Consider if this is your forever home and what your roof is going to have to go through. If you intend to stay for the long haul, investing in higher quality will prove beneficial in the long run.
Many neighborhoods have a homeowners association, and that association has a covenant. That covenant or agreement between neighbors will likely have specific guidelines about roofing materials and colors to maintain neighborhood aesthetics.
Different towns or counties have unique permit requirements. Ensure you understand what’s needed in your area. This not only guarantees a legal installation but ensures the safety and longevity of your new roof and solar panels.
The importance of a licensed contractor cannot be stressed enough. Check with the Construction Industries Board (CIB) to verify that your chosen contractor is licensed and active. This step guarantees you’re working with a professional who abides by industry standards.
A well-ventilated roof is essential for the longevity of both the roof and the solar panels. Proper ventilation prevents moisture buildup, which can lead to mold, rot, and damage. Ensure your roofing solution provides the correct ventilation relative to the size of your home.
A new roof is a significant investment, and so are solar panels. Ensure you’re covered with a comprehensive warranty. Two main types to consider are the labor warranty, which covers the installation workmanship, and the material or shingle warranty, which protects against material defects. A solar panel shouldn’t void a roof warranty when the appropriate work has been done.
Replacing a roof with solar panels in mind is an eco-friendly and financially savvy move. However, the process demands careful consideration and planning too. We pride ourselves on making our clients roofs one thing they just don’t have to worry about. If you’re concerned about anything that’s going on with your roof, please give us a call.
Get in touch to get started on your roof today. We are happy to answer any of your questions. Feel free to schedule your free roof inspection as well.