Should I Replace My Roof Before Installing Solar Panels?

Wondering if you should replace your roof before getting solar panels installed?

Replace My Roof Before Installing Solar Panels: A good inspection and thorough evaluation should be conducted. In most cases, it’s a good idea to get it replaced if the roof is an asphalt roof and over 10-15 years old.

This San Antonio property homeowner had us go out and inspect the condition and longevity of the current roofing system. We found this roof’s lifespan to be over. If anything, it only had a couple years left of life in a perfect world. This roof’s age was about 15-20 years old, was damaged by hail, had blown shingles, and inadequate ventilation.

This roof is not a good candidate to get solar panels installed.

If you were to install a solar panel system on this existing roof, you would have to replace the roof in about 2-3 years depending on weather. It doesn’t make sense to install solar panels on a roof that needs to be replaced soon.

What’s the process to roof if you have solar panels?

After the panels are installed, let’s say 1 year passes and now you need a roof replacement due to roof leaks and blown shingles, in this scenario, you would have rehire the solar company to dismount the entire system. Remove and set aside the panels, mount brackets, power lines, and penetration flashing. After the solar system is set aside, the roof is now ready to be replaced. After the roof has been replaced. Now the solar system needs to be re-installed.

This process to remove and reinstall is called a “reset”. A process like this would cost somewhere around $200-$300 a panel. On this property, it would cost around $3,000 – $4,000 to do a solar reset over asphalt roofing shingles.

What’s Are The Benefits Of Replacing The Roof Before Installing Solar Panels?

On this roof, the solar system was installed over a nice clean slate roof. A new 3 tab Supreme Owens Corning asphalt roofing shingle. This roofing shingle is rated to last 25 years and has a wind rating of 60 mph. The Homeowners won’t have to worry about the roof for another 20-25 years. Additionally, getting a new roof usually, in most cases qualifies for a lower insurance premium. You should check with your insurance carrier about any discounts.

San Antonio Roofing Contractor

If you’re in San Antonio and considering installing a Solar System, give us a call to schedule a no cost to you visual roof evaluation: 210-900-0977.

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Read our 25 most frequently asked roofing questions here.

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