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SOLAR PANELS EFFECT ON YOUR ROOF

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

We're all familiar with the benefits of solar energy. Reduced electricity bills, a more green planet, and being the envy of the block! But, many homeowners often ask, "Will solar panels do a number on my roof?" Well, the answer is: it depends.


The solar roof effect on your roof can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of solar panels you install, the condition of your roof, and the climate you live in. In general, however, solar panels do not damage roofs. In fact, they can actually help to protect your roof from the elements.


Solar panels can help to extend the lifespan of your roof by shielding it from the sun's UV rays and by providing a layer of insulation. They can also help to prevent leaks by keeping moisture out of your roof.


Of course, there are some potential drawbacks to installing solar panels on your roof. For example, they can add weight to your roof, which could be a problem if your roof is not in good condition. They can also make it more difficult to clean your roof.


Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to install solar panels on your roof is a personal one. If you are considering solar energy, it is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully.


Solar Panel in Virginia
Solar Panel in Virginia

Those panels can act as a shield for your roof. By covering portions of your roof, they protect it from direct sunlight, rain, and other elements, possibly extending the life of the roofing material underneath. However, this can only happen if your roof is ready for it.


The first thing that you should think of is whether your roof will be able to hold the weight or not. These panels aren’t feather-light, but modern roofs, especially those that we at Michael and Son Roofing work on, are designed to handle this extra weight.


Before any installation, an extremely thorough inspection is needed. To ensure your roof's bones are strong enough to carry the panels that need to be done. Don’t hesitate to contact us!


Solar panels aren't laid flat on the roof. They’re slightly elevated, allowing airflow. This can help in cooling down your roof. The result?


A cooler attic and a potential increase in your HVAC efficiency. Double win! However, this gap could be a blessing in disguise. That space becomes an attractive den for birds and other animals hiding from predators. So, while you enjoy the energy savings, it's crucial to keep an eye out for any furry tenants.


Solar panel installation can be a double-edged sword if not done correctly. The panels can change how water runs off your roof, leading to potential pooling. And to attach these panels to the roof means drilling holes in your roof, and if those aren’t sealed just right, hello unexpected rain indoors!


You would not trust just anyone with your grandma’s secret pie recipe? Would you? Do not trust just anyone with your roof.


A professional installation ensures that your roof remains intact, leaks-free, and ready to take on the world (and the sun)! Always partner with reliable contractors who know the ins and outs of solar installation. Remember, it's all about getting the setup spot-on to keep those pesky leaks at bay.


A common myth is that roofs with solar panels are harder to maintain. But the reality is, they can be easier! Debris often slides off the panels, and because they shield portions of your roof, there will be less general wear and tear.


Add to this, when you have solar panels covering your shingle roof, it reduces the possibility of sun-bleached shingles, generally, sun damage to your roof is reduced. Just remember to occasionally check the panels and the roof area around them.


Not only do you benefit from clean energy, but with the right installation and maintenance, your roof can even thrive with its new solar companion.


Considering going solar? Get your roof inspection first. Give your friendly neighborhood roofing experts, Michael and Son Roofing a call. We'll ensure that both your roof and the environment thank you.


Until next time, stay sunny!


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