Installing solar panels is a great way to save money on your home’s utility costs. And with the average homeowner paying more than $104 per month for electricity, the more you can save, the better. But if you’re planning on installing new solar panels to power your home’s appliances, you need to schedule an inspection with your trusted Denver roofers
. Here’s why.
Solar Companies Don’t Know Roofs
It’s rare for a solar company to have an experienced roofing contractor on staff. And that means they won’t be able to adequately assess your roof’s condition prior to the installation. Yes, they know how many panels you can fit on your roof and how to install them to minimize the damage done to the roofing materials. But that’s where their roofing expertise ends. You need to hire an experienced roofer to inspect your roof in order to protect your home.
Installation Can Make Existing Issues Worse
Solar panels are lightweight individually, but when you combine five or six across one side of your roof, the weight adds up. If you have existing weak spots, the weight of the panels can make things worse. And if you end up needing repairs, those repairs will take longer to make. Worse, it can take longer to identify the issues in the first place.
Believe it or not, leaks can spread. And they can spread beneath the solar panels, putting your wiring at risk. When you get your roof inspected prior to installation, your roofer will have a chance to fix those leaks before they can spread.
Surprisingly, many homeowners don’t even notice roofing issues until after their solar panels get installed. And it’s not necessarily the fault of the installation company. If your roof is deteriorating, leaks will happen. Solar installations can speed up the deterioration, putting your home at risk for extensive damage. Getting the leaks and damage fixed before meeting with a solar company will help you protect your investment in both your new solar panels and the safety and integrity of your house.
They’ll Help You Find a Cost-Effective Solution
Some roofs just aren’t equipped to handle solar installation. This is either because they’re old or the materials used just aren’t up to the task of supporting the panels themselves. By scheduling an inspection, you’ll get help from a licensed professional who can determine what the best course of action is.
For some homeowners, this will involve replacing the roof altogether. For others, it means finding an alternative installation point for the panels. And your roofer will be able to tell you what’s best for your home and your budget.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re thinking of installing solar at your home, don’t start the installation process before getting your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor. At Big Creek, we know what makes a roof a good candidate for solar panels. We’ll make sure everything is ready and in good shape before you even get your solar estimate.