There’s a reason why more and more homeowners are joining the green trend. Given rising electricity prices and long power outages (the US has the highest number of power-outage minutes of any developed nation), it simply makes practical and financial sense to install energy-efficient features in your home. One green feature that’s been gaining a lot of traction in the market is solar panels.
Before having new solar panels installed, most roofing contractors would recommend getting a roof replacement or at least have your roof inspected in case it needs roof repair work.
Your New Solar Panels Might Outlast Your Old Roof
Quality solar panels should last 25 to 30 years, which is 5 to 10 years longer than the average lifespan of certain kinds of roofing systems. Some might argue they can simply have the solar panels removed while a new roof is being installed. The problem with that approach is that it isn’t cost-effective: the removal and subsequent reinstallation of solar panels are labor-intensive and have significant costs. By replacing your roof before the installation of the solar panels, you can save a lot of time and money.
How Long Can Certain Types of Roofing Systems Last?
The potential advantages of pursuing a roof replacement before installing solar panels ultimately depend on your roof’s lifespan. For instance, asphalt shingles, the most popular type of roof in the country, are designed to last only 20 years and, therefore, will most likely need to be replaced. If, however, you have a metal roof installed, it’d be a good idea to have a roofing contractor inspect it to see if it requires roof repair work. Metal roofs are known for their durability and can last anywhere between 40 and 70 years.
Having trouble deciding whether you should get a roof replacement before installing solar panels? Consult an experienced roofing contractor.
BSR has been providing professional exterior services, including roofing and solar services, to local residents since 1913. To get a free estimate, call us at (607) 722-7221, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Binghamton and Vestal, NY, as well as the surrounding communities.