Solar panels generally last for 30 years or more and require very little maintenance. They will not harm your roof if they are properly installed. In fact, these panels can protect the areas directly beneath them from excessive heat and light. It is actually very common to notice that the rooms that have the solar panels installed directly above will remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, regardless of what other type of insulation you have.
How does the installation process work?
The company will first insert giant lag bolts into the framing structure of the roof with Fastjack, which is a special metal flashing used in solar panel installations. The panels are bolted to the rafters then they are attached to the infrastructure of the home rather than the roof, so there is no safety concern about the panels weighing too much and pushing through the roof. The panels themselves are not that heavy. The company then uses high grade sealant that will prevent any leaks from occurring. The most time-consuming part of the installation job is finding the exact center of the rafters. However, there are new mounting products that have recently been released that help reduce the amount of time required for this process.
How much does it cost to install a solar paneled roof?
First of all, the type of roof you have will make a big difference in the installation process and price. It will be more expensive to install solar panels on Spanish tile roofs or wood shake than on simple asphalt shingle roofs. Tile or shake roofs are brittle and extra time is needed to ensure that the attachment areas are totally sealed. This extra time can increase the price of the installation job.
Oftentimes, if you install solar panels, you can qualify for a rebate. Contact your utility company and Oregonians can contact Energy Trust of Oregon to see what kinds of incentives are available, as there are often city-specific or federal energy rebates that can help offset the initial cost of the project. Looking for ways to conserve energy? Solar panels are one of the best ways you can do that. Once you decide to install your new solar panel system, you will be on the path toward tangible energy savings.
At Pacific West Roofing, we can answer any roofing and solar-panel-related questions you may have and map out the best strategy for adding solar panels to your roof. Give us a call!