Roofing with Solar Panels

It would be a lot less complicated to replace your roof before buying a solar panel system. Once the solar panels are installed, roof replacement becomes more costly, as you need to pay for solar panel removal costs as well as the expensive roofing materials.

However, if you find yourself in the situation of having existing solar panels and are in need of a new roof, here is some guidance on how to replace a roof with solar panels.

Contact Your Residential Roofing Company

First, contact roofing companies in your area. Explain that you currently use solar energy and need a new roof. Your roofing contractor will likely explain that not all roof companies use the same solar mounting brackets, so you will need to select the right roofing system for your specific solar panels.

If you don’t choose the right roofing system, you might have to purchase new solar mounting hardware to re-install solar panels on your roof. This will add to the cost of replacing your roof.

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You will also learn that most roofing contractors do not remove solar panel installations and that you will need to contact your solar roof company to remove the panels from the existing roof. You will also have to pay to reinstall the panels once the roofing project is complete.

If you are interested in purchasing solar panels after your new roof is installed, share this with the roofing contractor. They will advise you on the best type of roofing for your situation and may be able to recommend a local company for installing solar panels.

Contact the Solar Companies

Contact the company you hired for solar panel installation. Explain that you need a roof repair or replacement but are still interested in the renewable energy a solar system provides.

Many solar installation companies will know how roofing materials interact with mounting hardware. They can confirm that the roofing system you selected works well with your current solar energy system.

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A helpful solar company will also work with your roofer’s schedule and will remove your solar panel systems the day before a scheduled roof installation. This will enable you to obtain the benefits of solar power for as long as possible so that your electric bills don’t suddenly skyrocket.