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Denver Roofers Explain How to Get Your Commercial Roof Ready for Solar Panel Installation

November 26, 2019

As a business owner, cutting back on your monthly expenses is always a priority. While planning a budget can help keep you from going over on your expenses, it’s always best to find ways to save month after month. Installing solar panels on your building is a great way to lower your electricity costs each month while also reducing your business’s carbon footprint for the long-term. But before you schedule the installation, you need to make sure your building is ready. Here are a few tips from your trusted Denver roofing company to help you get your roof ready for the big day.

Get Your Roof Inspected
The first thing you should do when considering installing solar on your building is schedule an inspection with your roofing contractor. They’ll check your entire roof and the support structure to make sure it’s able to handle the weight of the panels and doesn’t have underlying structural damage that could increase your risk of leaks. If the roof is in good shape, you’re ready to move on to the next steps. But if it’s not, you’ll need to get your roof repaired or reinforced before you continue with the installation.

Reinforce the Major Walking Paths
Installing solar on your building means people will be walking on your roof for at least a few days. The bigger your roof is and the more panels you’re planning on installing, the longer they’ll be on the roof. Though commercial roofs are designed to be walked on occasionally, they’re not meant to stand up to that much heavy foot traffic. Work with your roofer to reinforce the areas your solar team will walk on the most. This means you may need to have your roofer meet with the solar team before work gets started. Though it may take time, it will protect your roof and your building from significant damage.

Have a Post-Installation Maintenance Plan in Place
After the installation, you’ll want to get your roof inspected again. There’s always a chance that the new panels and their hardware damaged your roof and exposed your building to the elements. Before your installation, set up a maintenance plan with your roofer. They’ll make sure your building is in good shape long after the panels are installed. But most importantly, they’ll catch any damage before it becomes a major problem both for the new solar components and your roof.

Schedule an Inspection Today
If you’re considering installing solar panels on your commercial building, congratulations! It’s a great way to save money and show off your company’s commitment to the environment. But you’ll want to be prepared. Contact us to schedule a roofing inspection today to make sure your roof can stand up to the installation and the added weight of the panels. 

If our team notices any damage or weak points on your roof, we’ll take care of the repairs quickly. The faster we deal with them, the sooner you can get your new panels installed and start saving money on your electricity costs.