What to know before installing solar panels on your roof.

ideal for solar panelsSolar power is gaining popularity, and demand will continue to grow as the economical and environmental advantages become more evident. In Tampa Bay solar panels are often used in swimming pool heating systems. Before installing solar panels on your roof, evaluate the condition of your roof.

Age of Roof

Unless your roof is just a few years old, consider repairing or replacing it before having solar panel systems installed. Not only do they add to the weight on the roof, they change the way the water flows. Installation itself affects the waterproof membrane of roofs approaching the end of their useful life. Shingle roofing can be especially susceptible.

Solar Panels and Warranties

Solar systems for both electricity and pool heaters can last 20 or more years. If your roof is not capable of maintaining its integrity for this same length of time, you could be paying to have your solar panels installed, removed and installed again. The ideal scenario is to install your panels shortly after you replace your roof so that the warranty periods synchronize.

Evaluate Roof Condition

Call American Roofing and Sheet Metal to have a professional evaluation of your roofing system. Prior to spending tens of thousands of dollars to convert to solar power, ensure your roof will serve you well and protect your house while providing a suitable foundation for your solar panels. Both roof replacement and solar power systems will add value to your home, and we can help you select the best roof for your style and budget. We provide options ranging from all shapes and colors of designer shingles to metal roofing styles which are trending heavily.

Call 813.884.1815 for a professional evaluation.

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