Considering solar panels? – make sure your roof is up to the job with our pre-installation inspections?
Before spending the money on installing solar panels you need to consider a few points:
What is the condition of your roof?
It will be more costly if you need repairs or replacement after your solar panels are installed.
What is the age of your roof?
If your roof is aged, damaged or in need of resealing it’s nice to know these things before you install solar panels. Removing solar panels to replace or repair damaged roofs can be expensive. Don’t get caught out. Use our solar panel pre-installation inspection service today.
Their a few things you can do yourself to easily determine if your roof is in good condition to do the job for you, without even climbing up a ladder.
● Tip 1 – Leaks or stains in the ceiling, or mildew and mould on your walls is a tell tail sign your roof already has problems.
● Tip 2 – Blistering and or peeling interior paint will immediately say you have water damage in your roof cavity area.
● Tip 3 – Go up through your man hole during the day and see if you can see pin holes of white light coming through, guaranteed if light is making its way in….. water will also being doing the same.
Alternatively have a Pre Solar Roof Inspection prior to your solar panel installation
If you are unsure or haven’t seen any of these signs, that’s probably a very good thing. Either way, you’ll definitely need a professional to assist you in further assessment. Your solar installor can recommend a good local roofing company to work with, and most reputable roofing contractors provide this service free of charge, so there should be no additional cost for the assessment.
What do you get from a Solar Panel Pre Inspection?
An experienced roofer can inspect your roof and let you know if it would be wise to install solar panels on it or if it would be best to replace or repair your roof prior. Sometimes it may just be a matter of performing a few repairs to fix any minor issues in preparing your roof for the panels.
The roof’s age can help determine how the roofing materials are holding up and whether they are likely to continue to hold up in the future. The materials used can help pinpoint how old the roof is and they will ask you few questions about how long you’ve lived in the home or if you actually know when the roof was originally installed.
The roof inspection will look for red flags such as material wear (missing, cracked, tiles or rusty metal sheets), any leaks or weaknesses, and dry rot.
Although a typical solar panel only weighs around 15kgs per square metre, a damaged or weak roof can end up sagging a little under the added weight over time. Sagging can mean cracks and leaks, which leads to a host of other issues. It’s really not worth the risk!
Ask questions and make sure you fully understand the reasons the roofer is making recommendations so you can make your decision and take the next step.
Factor in the real costs
Yes, if you really need one, a new roof is an added cost. But think about the cost involved in having the solar contractor remove the installed panels from your old roof and then re install them onto the new roof.
And don’t forget that when the solar panels are off, it means that you are not producing any power, so your electricity bill will go naturally up until the solar panels are re installed and turned back on. The entire process could take a week or two depending on the varying schedules of each contractor involved, as well as weather conditions.
You’ll need to weigh the convenience with the cost to see if it’s a better option to just replace the roof before the panels go up.
Bottom line: while you may be able to squeeze out a few extra years on an older roof, the best scenario for installing solar panels is on a roof that is in good condition and will not need replacement for a while.