More and more people are investing in solar panels for their homes to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. Renewable energy, including solar energy, is better for your health and for the environment. Fuel plants contribute to water and air pollution. Moreover, going solar can significantly increase your property value, which is ideal if you are selling your home in the near future.

Roof Replacement

Often, homeowners ask if a roofing replacement is necessary before installing solar panels. Keep reading to discover the answer.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Millions of homes in the United States have asphalt shingle roofing systems, which usually last at least two decades before needing replacement. Before installing solar panels, you must address any problems with your asphalt roof to eliminate the risk of leaks. Solar panels can protect an asphalt shingle roof against hail damage and other harsh outdoor elements.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are known for their strength, durability, appeal and longevity. When installed and maintained properly, they can last between 40 and 70 years. Solar panel installers can use the seams in a metal roofing system for mounting the panel hardware, meaning roof penetrations are no longer necessary.

Before getting solar panels, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection with an experienced roofing contractor. Doing so will allow you to determine how many more years your roof is expected to last. If it’s nearing the end of its life, consider getting a new one before installing solar panels. It wouldn’t be cost-effective to remove the solar panels after just a few years to make way for a roof replacement.

Tile Roofing

Installers must be careful when mounting solar panels on tile or ceramic roofs. Typically, installers will need to remove the ceramic tiles and attach the brackets with flashing for leak prevention. There are other methods that professionals can use to install solar panels on this type of roofing material. However, drilling through the tiles can cause them to fall apart.

Are you interested in going solar? At Kingdom Roofing, we install GAF Energy solar roofing systems, which can help cut your utility costs without compromising your home’s curb appeal. We also offer quality roof repair services. Call us at (941) 217-2411 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.