How to Prepare Your Roof for Solar Panels

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Solar energy has taken over the world by storm, and for a good reason! Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it also saves homeowners a considerable amount of money in the long run. If you’re considering installing solar panels on your roof, it’s essential to make sure your roof is ready for them. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with tips and tricks for preparing your roof for solar panels.

1. Get A Professional Roof Inspection

Before installing solar panels, it’s important to have your roof examined by a professional, like our team at Des Moines Area Roofing. Our roofing professionals will assess your roof’s condition, identify any current or potential problems, and determine whether the roof is strong enough to withstand the weight of solar panels. We will conduct a thorough roof inspection and provide recommendations for repairs if required.

2. Consider Roof Replacement

If your roof is old or in poor condition, it may require replacement before installing solar panels. Your roof needs to be able to support the weight of the panels, which may add considerable weight. It would be counterproductive to install solar panels on a roof that needs repair, since removing them for repair could be challenging and may cause damage. Talk to our roofing experts about whether your roof should be repaired or replaced.

3. Determine the Ideal Placement for Your Panels

The placement of your panels needs to be perpendicular to the sun’s rays for optimal performance. Thus, you’ll need to consider the orientation of your roof, unique shading patterns, and the panel’s size to determine the ideal location. One of our roofing experts can help you with the ideal placement of these panels, maximizing the energy produced, and saving you money in the long run.

4. Ensure Proper Roof Flashing

Properly installed roof flashing is essential when installing solar panels. Flashings provide additional protection against water damage, preventing leaks and subsequent damage to your roof or solar panels. During your roof inspection we will also check your roof flashing to make sure it is up to the standard for preventing damage to your roof and potential solar panels.

5. Invest in Proper Roof Ventilation

Proper ventilation in your roof ensures the longevity of your solar panels. Poor ventilation may cause heat buildup, leading to panel deterioration or failure, especially during the hot summer months. We will make sure to check the ventilation of your roof when performing an inspection of your roof.

Solar Panels are great investments to add value to your home and reduce energy bills in the long run. Proper installation is key to ensuring your solar panels last long and produce energy efficiently. Be sure to use these tips and tricks we have shared with you to prepare and assess the condition of your roof. At Des Moines Area Roofing, we are experts in roofing installations and perform thorough inspections on your roofs before solar panel installations. 

Call us to schedule your roof inspection!!