If you've been playing with the idea of adding solar energy to your home, one of the best times to begin the process is when you need a roof replacement. This way, you won't have to worry about replacing the roof later once the panels are in place, and you can also ensure the roofing material is compatible with the panels. The following can help you choose the best new roof if you have solar panel installation planned for the future.
Metal roofs are considered one of the best choices for homes with solar panels. The roof can last for the rest of your life if maintained properly. Metal roofs are easy to install panels upon, plus there is little fear of damage to the roof during installation or solar panel maintenance. Further, the roofs are lightweight and come in a range of designs and colors.
Much like metal, tile roofs can be the last new roof you need to install. This makes them an excellent choice if you are installing solar panels. The main issue to watch for with tile is their weight. Some tiles can be quite heavy, so you must verify that the weight of the tile combined with that of the solar panels won't be more than your roof can handle. Tiles can also be broken if care isn't taken, so make sure your solar panel installers and maintenance services have experience dealing with solar panels on metal roofs.
Asphalt is one of the most common new roof materials and is one of the least expensive. Fortunately, it is also a suitable option for those that plan to install solar panels. The average asphalt roof has an expected lifespan of about 20 years with proper maintenance. The key here is annual maintenance so that any damaged shingles or leaks are quickly addressed, otherwise, the roof will need to be replaced much sooner, which is an expensive hassle when you have solar panels in place.
Materials to Avoid:
There are certain roofing materials that just aren't suitable for solar panel installation. Slate roofs are too brittle, which makes installation and maintenance of the panels difficult. Further, slate roofs are quite heavy, so your roof supports may not be able to handle the additional weight of the solar panels.
Wood shake roofs aren't suitable for solar panels, either. Part of the issue is similar to slate—wood shakes are simply too brittle. Solar panels can also pose a fire danger when installed on a wood shake roof.
Contact a roof installation contractor for more help.
Are you waiting for your roof to be replaced so that you can change the appearance of your home? If so, you are probably spending some time doing research about the different options in roofing that you have. Do you want to go with standard asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, metal roofing or something else? What type of roofing will last the longest while looking great? Will one type of roofing increase the value of your home more than another? Read through my site to find the answers to many of the questions that you have about replacing the roof on your home.