Should I Replace My Roof Before Installing Solar Panels?

Arizona is a great spot for solar panel use. There is sunshine on most days of the year. Solar panels sit on the roof of your home. But what happens if your roof is in bad shape and needs repairs or replacement. When your roof needs replacement or repairs, you must remove the solar panels first. Start with a roof inspection to determine if your roof is ready for solar panel installation.

Benefits of Solar Panels

There are numerous benefits to getting solar panels. This alternate source of energy aids in sustainability. Beyond helping the environment you also help your wallet. Solar panels save homeowners money on energy costs, which may add up to thousands of dollars over time.
Solar panels have a long lifespan and can last up to 35 years. This is longer than the lifespan of the average roof. However, for the portions of the roof, the solar panels cover, your roof receives added protection from the elements. The main problem you may face is that many roof manufacturers void the warranty for the portions of the roof the solar panels cover. The good news is many solar panel companies offer warranty coverage instead. Overall, the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Why Do I Have to Replace the Roof First?

Solar panels last for many years, so you want to schedule a roof inspection prior to installing solar panels. Even for newer roofs, a roof inspection will identify any damage. Even minor damage needs to be taken care of before you install solar panels. For homes with older roofs, a roof inspection is critical before installing solar panels. If you do not schedule repairs or a roof replacement, then you risk the cost of removing and reinstalling the solar panels when your roof needs attention. If your roof is five years away from replacement, consider a new roof before installing solar panels. In the long run, you could save money. A new roof will help with energy efficiency for even more energy savings.

Is a New Roof Worth the Cost?

The short answer is yes. Depending on the damage to your roof, your insurance company may cover the costs of replacing parts of it. Even if they do not, a new roof adds value to your home.  The combination of a new roof and solar panels increases your home’s value, saves on energy costs, and offers peace of mind. A new roof means you don’t have to worry about leaks, worn tiles or expensive damage. You also will not have to worry about removing and installing solar panels in a few years when the roof does need to be replaced.

Reach out to us today to schedule an inspection. We will identify damaged or worn conditions and provide expert advice on the best steps to take to keep your roof in top shape, whether you’re installing solar panels or not.