Does the thought of drilling holes into your roof to add solar panels freak you out? You’re not alone! “Will adding solar panels damage my roof?” is often the first question Florida homeowners ask us.
While solar panels do require some updates to your roof’s structural system, there is some good news: special care is taken in the installation process to ensure your roof stays watertight and fully protected. In fact, adding solar panels can add protection to your roof – read on to learn now!
Do All Solar Panels Require Drilling Into Roof?
Unfortunately, yes. Think of it like this: when adding a large, heavy shelf to a wall in your home – the wall studs offer greater support than the drywall. This is why the mounting system required for solar panels must be installed on the roof rafters.
To prevent leaks, any holes in your roof are sealed with sealant. In addition, special water-tight flashings are installed under the shingles or over the metal sheeting. When proper installation techniques are followed, installing solar can actually increase your roof’s lifespan as the system protects your roof’s shingles from the elements.
Will Solar Panels Damage My Roof In A Storm?
Another thought that crosses most homeowners’ minds before switching to solar is what happens during a hurricane. This is also a really great question!
Solar panels get hot. To avoid heating up the inside of your attic and home, there is a small gap between the roof shingles and panels to allow for proper airflow. However, this gap can create a situation ripe for “wind uplift” during extreme weather events, like hurricanes.
The good news is that solar panel systems must be rated to withstand winds of 160 MPH or more in the state of Florida, but most can withstand much higher. Learn what makes solar panels hurricane proof in our online guide.
Additional Info On Florida Solar Panels
Solar Panels Last 25+ Years
Solar panels last a long time! If your roof is old, worn out, or has existing damage, you will want to take care of that before installing a solar system for your home. Otherwise, you will have to pay to take them off and put them on again once a new roof is installed.
Solar Panels Require Little Maintenace
Depending on where you live, solar panels and energy systems may need yearly cleaning but that’s about it. Your roof on the other hand (areas not covered by solar panels) may still require yearly maintenance and inspections.
Solar Panels Should Be Installed By A Certifed Expert
The longevity and reliability of your solar panels relies on the skill level of the contractor you choose. Going with a solar installer that offers the lowest price can almost always guarantee they will be cutting corners – leaving your home and system in jeopardy. Choosing a reputable, local Florida solar installer is within your best interests!
Learn More About Florida Solar
Have other questions like “will solar panels damage my roof”? Give us a call, send us a message, or schedule a free solar energy audit to learn if switching to solar is right for your home and how much you can save! Our experts have decades of experience and can help you make the best choice for your Florida home.