March 15, 2021

Considering going solar?  STOP!  First things first.  Have you considered your roof’s age and integrity before adding a solar system?

Most of today’s premium solar modules will adorn the rooftops they are installed on for a minimum of 3 decades which is why it’s crucial for each and every roof to be inspected by a qualified roof inspector PRIOR to considering going solar.

The most common solar module installation methods involve some form of roof penetration.  Make sure you find out that the person who is performing the work has experience in this arena BEFORE you make the move to go solar.  If these penetrations are not flashed or sealed properly your roof’s integrity may be compromised and the last thing you want is a roof leak to sully your experience of going solar.

First, let’s take a look at the roof!  Out here in the Coachella Valley there are many different types of roofing systems and each of them require differing installation methods.  Some of the types of roofing are Concrete Tile, Clay Tile, Rock, Asphalt Shingle, Wood Shingle, Slate Shingle, Standing Seam Metal roofs, Torch down roofing, TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) and EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) Also known as rubber or vinyl roofs, TPO & EPDM roofs are typically used in commercial applications but some homes have these types of roofing systems as well.

Here are some important points of consideration:

1. The load (weight) capacity of most solar PV systems is usually anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds per square foot.

2. Proper drainage of the rooftop is crucial as standing or pooling water can damage your roof.

3. Is your roof under warranty? Most reputable solar companies will work with your roofer and have them seal the penetrations so they can extend your current roof warranty.

Solar installations are safe for your roof and will greatly enhance your home ownership experience if you take these items into consideration and ASK SOME OF THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ADDRESSED ABOVE TO YOUR PROSPECTIVE SOLAR INSTALLERS.  If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other solar or energy related questions, please give Desert Renewable Energy Solutions a call.

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