Whether or not you need a new roof before adding solar panels is a very common question. The simple answer is that it depends on the age and condition of your existing roof.
When you decide to go solar, we start each project with a site evaluation. The site evaluation is pre-engineering for your solar installation as an addition to your home. We will inspect both the structural aspects of your roof and the electrical service of your home. The information we gather goes to an Engineer for a solar installation review. The Engineering report goes into and permits this work, and it will be submitted and reviewed by your jurisdictional Building Department. During the site visit, we will inspect the condition of your roof. If we see signs of hail damage, we will inform you of the damage we see, provide photo evidence when possible, and recommend any repairs or replacement work that is needed. We will also discuss the age of your roof as we are installing a 25-year product on top of your it. Asphalt shingles become brittle and less protective over the years, so we typically recommend replacing any asphalt shingle roof that is more than twenty years old.
Unlike other Solar companies, at Solar Side Up, we handle both roofing and solar, which means we can:
- put on a new roof and then install your solar
- install solar on an existing roof
- make necessary roof repairs and then install your solar
- detach and re-install solar for future roof repairs or replacement.