In a state like California which gets doused in solar energy for the vast majority of the year, nearly every home or business owner could benefit significantly from mounting solar panels on their roof. There is a system for just about everybody, ranging from smaller more affordable systems for homes to large, high-efficiency setups that can provide even the most robust business with the power they need at a fraction of the cost.
However, one factor that many people are unaware of is the quality and condition of the roof that a system is being installed on. When it comes to roofing choices to install solar panels on, metal roofs take the title as the top choice for solar panel installations. On this blog, we’ll explore why this is the case.
When you install solar panels on your roof, the condition of your roof will have a lot to do with the savings you’ll receive. If your roof is old, you’ll probably need to replace it or conduct significant repairs, which means you’ll more than likely have to take your solar panel system down in order to do them, and then re-install them after. This added step when making roof repairs adds a significant cost burden to any roofing operation, thus negating some of the money you would otherwise be saving with the panels in the first place.
This means a durable roof system is extremely beneficial, and when it comes to durability, few can match what a metal roof can offer you. Metal roofs often have lifespans of 40 years or more, which means your existing roof will likely far outlast the life of your solar panels, so you won’t have to worry about taking them down to conduct repairs. Likewise, initial installation is often easier on a metal roof, since the structure can easily be designed to support a solar installation and the necessary fasteners can be included or added with little to no risk to the integrity of your roof at all.
Metal roofing solutions also offer a number of energy-saving benefits if you’re looking to build a more sustainable home. According to the EPA, a metal roof can reduce cooling costs during the sweltering desert summer temperatures by as much as 40%. When you consider that heating and cooling can make up as much as 50% of your energy consumption costs, this is a substantial savings. By then adding a solar system on the roof, you could further reduce your energy expenditures, potentially saving yourself hundreds of dollars per month!
Metal roofs also are extraordinarily durable and are designed to withstand intense heat, hurricane-force winds, freezing temperatures, rain, snow, and even ice. Specialized protective coatings make them nearly impervious to water and UV radiation so you don’t have to worry about rusting, and their monumental inherent strength make them capable of withstanding heavy loads without compromise. They’ve also become a lot more affordable in recent years as manufacturing technologies have improved, and today you can find a metal roofing option that will match nearly any style and color you’re looking for.
If you’re looking to install a solar system in your home, call SunPower by Quality Home Services today! Our Fresno solar panel installation experts have provided exceptional customer service and high-quality products since 1985. As a now second-generation family-owned business, we understand that your complete satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we are dedicated to helping you save money on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint to help the environment!