Colorado gets an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. This likely makes your Colorado home a good candidate for solar panels. Solar panels sit on the roof of your home. When your roof needs replacement or repairs, you must remove the solar panels first. Start with a roof inspection to determine if your roof is ready for solar panel installation.
Benefits of Solar Panels
Solar panels offer benefits for homeowners. Alternate sources of energy aids in sustainability. This helps the environment and your wallet. Solar panels save homeowners money on energy costs, which may add up to thousands of dollars over time.
Solar panels have a long lifespan. In fact, they can last up to 35 years. This is longer than the lifespan of the average roof. However, for the portions of the roof the solar panels cover, your roof receives added protection from the elements.
On the downside, many roof manufacturers void the warranty for the portions of the roof the solar panels cover. The good news is many solar panel companies offer warranty coverage instead. Overall, the benefits outweigh the negatives.
Why to Repair or Replace the Roof First
Since solar panels last for many years, it’s smart to schedule a roof inspection prior to installing solar panels. Even for newer roofs, a roof inspection identifies any damage. In Colorado, hail is a common roof issue. Therefore, newer roofs may still need repairs from hail damage.
For homes with older roofs, a roof inspection is critical before installing solar panels. If you do not schedule repairs or a roof replacement, then you risk the cost of removing and reinstalling the solar panels when your roof needs attention.
If your roof is five years away from replacement, consider a new roof before installing solar panels. In the long run, you could save money. In fact, a new roof helps with energy efficiency for even more energy savings.
Is a New Roof Worth the Cost?
In short, yes! In fact, if you’ve experienced hail damage, your insurance may cover all or part of the cost of a new roof. But, even if your insurance doesn’t cover the roof replacement, a new roof adds value to your home.
The combination of a new roof and solar panels increases your home’s value, saves on energy costs and offers peace of mind. A new roof means you don’t have to worry about leaks, worn tiles or poor aesthetics. Plus, you won’t have the hassle of needing to remove and reinstall solar panels in just a few short years.
SKKYGUARD Roofing Offers Roof Inspections, Repairs and Installation
At SKKYGUARD Roofing we understand Colorado roofs. We offer roof inspections to identify damage or worn conditions. After a detailed inspection, we provide expert advice on the best steps to take to keep your roof in top shape, whether you’re installing solar panels or not.
We also offer roof repair and roof replacement. We work with your solar panel company to create the best timeline and plan for your roof to be ready to install the solar panels. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection prior to installing new solar panels.