Solar energy is a popular energy source nowadays, with many households switching to rooftop solar PV systems to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility bills. But what happens when you need a roof replacement after installing solar panels on your roof? Typically, roof replacements post-rooftop solar installation are more complicated. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, nor does it mean that you should delay replacing your roof if it needs it.
In this blog post, we'll discuss the process of replacing your roof when you have solar panels and how to go about it.
Should You Replace Your Roof Before Installing Solar Panels?
When it comes to replacing your roof, it's best to do it before installing solar panels. However, this is not always possible. For example, early adopters of rooftop solar are starting to reach the point when both their roofing and their PV panels require replacing. If you already have solar panels on your roof, a replacement can still be done without too much hassle. The process involves some prep work and coordination between your roofing contractor and solar contractor.
Keep reading to learn more about the steps to replace your roof when you have a solar energy system installed.
The Process of Replacing a Roof with Solar Panels
The first step in replacing a roof with solar panels is to remove the panels, storing them somewhere out of the way and where they won’t receive any damage. This process should only be handled by professionals. You do not want to attempt to remove the panels yourself; solar PV systems are delicate, and you want to do everything you can to avoid damaging the panels.
Next, your roofing contractor will remove the old roof and install the new one. It is encouraged to work with a roofing contractor that is experienced in working on roofs with solar panels, like Lyons Roofing, as they will be better able to provide you with a seamless, worry-free experience.
Once the new roof has been installed, the solar installers will return and reinstall the solar panels.
Coordinating with Your Roofer & Solar Installers
It's important to coordinate with your roofing and solar contractors to ensure a smooth transition with minimal downtime. The process typically takes longer than a roof replacement without solar panels, and it's smart to allow for extra time to avoid any unforeseen issues.
During the process of replacing your roof, it's also a good time to assess the status of your solar panels. Solar panels and roofing have similar lifespans, so if your solar panels are approaching the end of their lifespan, it may be necessary to replace them as well. This will save you money in the long run by preventing the need for multiple projects in the future.
If you are planning to replace your solar panels at the same time as your roof, you should further coordinate with both your roofing contractor and solar installation team. Ensuring both teams communicate with each other can help ensure that both projects go smoothly and are scheduled appropriately.
Call Lyons Roofing for Guidance
Replacing your roof when you have solar panels takes some extra coordination and planning, but it's still achievable. It's crucial to work with a roofing contractor and solar installer who have experience working together and can communicate effectively to ensure a smooth project. By taking the time to plan and coordinate, you can avoid unnecessary headaches and expenses in the long run.
If you're a Phoenix or Tucson resident and need to replace your roof, call the professionals at Lyons Roofing, who have extensive experience working with local solar installation teams.