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5 Solar Tips From A Roofing Expert

5 Solar Tips From A Roofing Expert

Energy is expensive. It’s the reason we’ve seen a significant increase in the use of solar paneling in recent years. It’s no longer prominent for only commercial use, but also in residential homes as well.

Installing solar paneling on your roof can save you a lot of money in the long run, but common roofing issues can impede the process if not taken into consideration.

Here are five important things to consider regarding your roofing if you’re planning a solar install.

1. The Surface Area of Your Roof

The amount of energy that you can harvest from your solar panel system depends directly on how much surface area you can dedicate to the panels. The entirety of your roof may allow for enough space, but is there enough surface area pointed in the correct direction?

Whether they are in direct sunlight or not, the PV (photovoltaic) cells in solar panels can only harvest a certain amount of photons per square foot. You can only harvest enough solar energy as the surface area of your roof will allow for.

Before undertaking a solar project, you need to make sure that the space available on your roof, pointed in the proper direction, can accommodate the amount of solar panels that you need to make your home energy efficient.

2. The Direction of Your Roof

Why does the direction of the panels even matter? In order for solar panels to function at their full capacity, they have to be on a roof angled in the direction that receives the most sunlight. Not only throughout the day, but also through the changing seasons.

3. The Age of Your Roof

The most common mistake that people make when installing solar panels, is putting them on a roof that won’t last as long as the panel system itself.

One of the main reasons people go solar in the first place is to save money. So, paying to remove and reinstall a solar panel system in order to replace a roof, is counter-productive.

The lifespan of a typical solar panel system is 25 years or more. So, you want to do your best to make sure your roof will last that long as well.

4. Roofing Materials

Roofing materials have lifespans that vary greatly. You know that you need a roof that will last at least 25 years, which means that TP and Aluminum roofs will not work. You could go with EPDM rubber, asphalt, tar, or wood, that can last up to 30 years, but not if they are already more than 5 years old.

I your roof is covered with one of these materials and isn’t new, you may want to consider reroofing before you install a solar panel system.

The longest-lasting roofing materials are metal, clay, and slate. Unless your roof is very old, you probably don’t have to reroof before installing a solar panel system.

You also have the option of using solar shingling instead of a PV mounting system for panels.

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Check the age and the quality of your roof and consider getting it replaced before starting to add solar panels. It can save you a lot of money and frustration later on.

5. Your Roof After a Solar Installation

The aftermath of a solar install is just as important for the integrity of your roof and new solar system as the preparation.

Installing a PV mounting system can affect the integrity of your roof. The bolt holes from a PV system can break the waterproof seal of your roof and create areas with potential for leakage.

In order to make sure your home stays protected from water leaks, a roofer needs to reapply a water seal to or install flashing around the affected areas.


Emily Childers, author for Next Level Web.
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Wayne and his crew with Westmax roofing reroofed my entire house last year and did an awesome job. Wayne was very professional and seemed very knowledgeable about all aspects of roofing. His crews were respectful and extremely professional while replacing my roof. Most importantly to me, they were diligent about taking time to constantly walk around our house with large magnets to make sure any rouge nails were picked up before my kids had a chance to step on one. Wayne noticed that my attic was holding too much heat and it contributed to my original shingles degrading quicker than they should. We took his advice and had Westmax add multiple vents to help release some of the heat causing the issue. Boy was he right, not only did it lower the temperature in our attic space, it cooled living space inside the house too. I wouldn't hesitate to have Wayne work on any of my roofs in the future and even recommend him to my Father as well. Westmax is an example of how a business should be ran, extremely competitive pricing, attention to detail, and great service. Thanks Wayne!

Cainaan NakamuraCapital Projects, Greystar

Westmax Roofing, the BEST! We own a two-story home in Vista.  My wife and I noticed some wood rot under the joist and trim over our in-closed porch. We called Westmax Roofing and asked for an estimate for repair. Wayne came out to inspect our roof and explained to us in detail that the damage was due to the improper installation of our solar panels. The fasteners of the panels caused leakage under the tiles of the roof causing the damage. Wayne was very professional yet very kind and understanding.  His written report helped us to approach the solar panel company to except the responsibility and pay for the repairs done by Westmax Roofing. His crew actually repaired our roof, the wood trim and painted the new portions in only a couple of days. I was expecting to pay for a roof repair and it cost me nothing. We highly recommend Westmax Roofing for quality performance and professional honest service. Thank you Wayne for repairing our roof!!

Val & Cathy NakamuraVista Home Owner

Good price, quality work, speedy installation, thorough cleanup. Fantastic appearance.

Jeff WoodardHomeowner - San Marcos, CA

Wayne has done many jobs for me, various commercial roofing projects, and several coating jobs, including re-roofing my house and cabin. He is reliable and I can trust him to provide excellent quality and professional service every time.

Eric AtkinsonContractor/Homeowner

Westmax Roofing Inc. did an exceptional job on our roofing project. Communication was frequent and the project ran as smooth as expected, with no delays.

Chase BallardDirector, Capital Projects - Greystar Real Estate Partners

Work was done thoroughly and professionally at our business.  It was a very large job. Came in under budget.

Brian HawthorneCo-owner of Hawthorne