Why You Need A Roofing Inspection Before Solar Panel Installation

If you want solar panels installed on your roof, then it may be a good idea to work with a roofing expert and a solar panel professional. And, you should know that a roofing inspection is necessary before any panels can be installed. Keep reading to learn why this is the case and how it can save you trouble in the long run.

It Checks For Overall Condition

Solar panel installation involves the placement of the panels directly on top of your roof. There are several ways that an installation can occur, but in most cases, the panels are integrated into the roof structure. And, since the panels sit on top of your shingles, there is simply no easy way to replace the roof once the panels are installed. They must be removed and then reinstalled once the roof is replaced. 

So, you want to know that your roof shingles do not need to be replaced for at least about 10 to 15 years. If it is an older roof, it should be replaced before solar panel installation. And, since most roofs and solar panels last about 20 years, you can arrange for a replacement of both the shingles and panels at the same time. 

If you are going to have your roof replaced, then make sure that your roofer and solar panel specialist work together. This way you will have a lasting roof with shingles that can remain in place without any issues.

It Allows For Roof Strain

Installation of the solar panels can place your roof under a great deal of stress. Workers need to walk on the roof and the panels themselves will sit on your roof structure. So, if your shingles are dry, cracked, and fragile, then the stress from the workers will cause roof damage. This can lead to both apparent and hidden damage that is likely to result in the formation of leaks. 

So, you want to make sure that your roof can withstand stress and pressure before the installation occurs. Inspecting for areas that can withstand strain should occur with outside and inside your home. Inside inspections of the roofing beams and the insulation are important and the roofer should also look at ventilation. Poor ventilation can lead to the poor function of the solar panels themselves and overheating issues. 

If you want to know more about your roof and why an inspection is necessary when a solar panel installation is completed, speak with a professional roofer and a solar panel installation technician.