How to Prepare Your Roof for Solar Panels

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With the rising costs of utility bills, homeowners are looking for alternative ways to save money now more than ever. A long term plan to save on these bills is to install solar panels onto your home. Before installation, it’s important to inspect and prepare your roof for these panels.

Step 1: Hire a professional roofer to come and inspect the structural soundness of your roof. You want to be sure that it can hold the necessary added weight that comes with solar panels.

Step 2: Once the structure has been deemed satisfactory, have the roofer inspect the surface for damaged shingles, flashing, and to locate any holes and leaks. You want to be sure that the roof will be able to last as long as the newly installed panels — which should be over 20 years.

Step 3: The area of the roof will also have to be measured so you can give the measurements to the installers. An effective set of solar panels will take up at least 200-400 square feet.

Step 4: You will need to have your roofer locate any roof fittings, like roof vents. This is necessary so they can see if the fittings will be blocked by the new panels. If they will then the roofer will have to relocate them.

Step 5: Now that the roofer has fully inspected and repaired your roof there is one thing left to do. Inspect all of the trees on your property and see if any branches will get in the way of the panel. If so, hire a contractor to remove any overhanging branches.

Installing solar panels on your roof without inspection could result in severe damage to the structure of your home. When you need a professional to perform these inspections and repairs, rely on the experts at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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