Many people interested in solar panels are concerned with the impact it will have on their roof. I took this question to our lead installer Trip.
About Trip: Trip is our reputable and skilled lead solar array installer. Trip is a straightforward guy that is trusted by the members of our community. He prides himself on educating the buyer on everything solar. Trip takes a personal approach with the customer even gives out his personal cell phone number in case they have any questions or concerns.
Can solar panels damage your roof?
Trip: Not if they are installed correctly.
The racking system joins the solar panels to your roof. A hole must be created in the rafter to secure the racking system. To prevent water from getting through the new hole, the bolt will be surrounded by flashing, which is a metal or plastic shield that fits under existing roof tiles. This flashing is additionally sealed with tar or comparable material. The lag bolt hole is also filled with a sealant to protect against water drainage in your roof.
Solar panels actually serve as a barrier to protect your roof from sun, rain, snow, and hail. The panels are made to withstand exposure to various weather conditions.
In addition to providing a barrier from harmful weather, rooftop solar arrays allow air flow between the roof and the solar panels, which increases airflow and adds a cooling effect of the solar array. In turn, the cooling helps the efficiency of solar panels.
Rooftop solar can turn your roof from a liability to an asset. Your rooftop goes unused without solar. Rooftop solar can produce your own energy with the option to net meter unused energy.
Welcome to a new feature on the Solar Chief Blog called Ask the Experts! I will ask our Solar Chief experts to answer common questions that many customers have. Solar Chief is here to answer your questions. If you ever have any further questions, call us today!
Solar Chief Expert: Trip
Question: What maintenance do you recommend to your customers?
Expert Answer: I always tell them “don’t do anything.” The rain takes care of the dust and dirt that gathers on top of your panels. Solar Chief monitors your PV system so we can catch any problems and come fix it. (The solar monitoring system is something you see and get sent to our system.)
*Stay tuned to here the interview done with Trip on solar installation.