Everything You Should Know About Solar Panel Roof Replacement

Free energy! It’s the sun’s gift to you, the environment, and your power bills, but what happens when your solar panels, roof, or both have come to the end of their lifespan and the replacement process is inevitable? Here are the questions you should be asking about solar panel roof replacement, answered in detail by Tesson Roofing, an experienced roofing contractor from Missouri.

Solar Questions and Answers

What are my options?

When it comes to solar panel roof replacement, you have a lot of options. Modern solar panel technology has produced solar shingles, which can be installed as opposed to classic solar panels. However, both shingles and classic panels are very effective options for harnessing the sun’s energy, and consulting with your roofing and solar contractor is the best way to determine the correct style of solar panel roofing for you.

Additionally, you have the option to replace either your roof, solar panels, or both. Often, getting an assessment from your roofing service provider is the best way to determine whether you need to replace your roof before replacing your solar panels.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a solar panel roof replacement varies greatly depending on whether you are replacing both your roof and solar panels, just your solar panels, or replacing your roof and solar panels with solar shingles. Simply replacing your solar panels usually costs between $10,000 and $20,000 while a roof replacement plus solar panels could cost $30,000 – $40,000. Installing solar shingles on your roof is comparable in price, but only requires the services of a roofing contractor whereas the other services require both a roofing and solar contractor.

Should I replace my roof before installation?

You will likely need to replace your roof before installing new solar panels. This is because most roofs only have a lifespan between 15 and 20 years while solar panels have a lifespan of 25-30 years, so replacing your roof prior to the installation of solar panels is the best way to ensure the longevity of both.

Will new solar panels damage my roof?

When installed properly, new solar panels will not damage your roof. Therefore, it is incredibly important to do your research to find a responsible and experienced solar contractor and communicate with your roofing contractor about what the solar panel installation process may entail for your roof. 

What about my roofing warranty?

Communicating with your roofing contractor is the best way to determine if solar panel installation will impact your roof’s warranty. In many cases solar panels do not void the warranty of your roof, but this varies by business. If you are unclear on the policy, just give your contractor a call to determine your options. 

How can I find a contractor?

There are very few combined roofing and solar contractors, so for most projects you will likely need both a roofing and solar contractor. Doing your research online for local contractors that offer replacement services and determining which business may be the best for you by inspecting their services and customer reviews can save you plenty of headache down the road. 

Where the Sun Shines

Doing your research and asking questions is the best way to determine the best option for your next solar panel roof replacement. Seeking out the services of responsible roofing contractors like Tesson Roofing and coordinating their expertise with experienced solar contractors Is the best way to ensure quality and longevity in your replacement, providing you with free clean energy for years to come. 


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