As solar panels become increasingly popular for homeowners in Arizona, it's essential to understand how to properly maintain your roof when you have solar panels installed. Whether you're considering installing them on your current roof or just bought a house with solar panels, the more information you have, the better you will be able to protect your roof and enjoy its full lifespan.
In this guide, we will provide you with practical tips and advice to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your roof and solar panel system.
1. Regular Roof Inspections: The Key to Preventive Maintenance
With all roofs, solar panels or not, regular roof inspections are crucial to identify any potential issues before they escalate. Schedule a professional inspection at least once a year to assess the condition of your roof, including the areas around the solar panels. This proactive approach will help you promptly detect and promptly address any leaks, loose shingles, or damaged flashing.
Relatedly, when scheduling your annual maintenance appointment, you should choose a roofer who is experienced in servicing roofs with solar panels. Solar panels add a layer of complexity to the roofing system, requiring specialized knowledge and skills for proper inspection and maintenance. An experienced roofer (like Lyons Roofing) will understand how to navigate around the panels safely, minimizing the risk of accidental damage during the inspection.
By opting for a professional with specific experience in this area, you'll ensure that both your roof and solar panels receive the targeted care they need to function optimally.
2. Don't Neglect DIY Maintenance
Making sure your roof is free of debris is especially important when you have a rooftop solar PV system installed. Trim nearby trees or branches that may drop branches, leaves, and other debris on your panels. You are also encouraged to perform regular visual inspections of your roof, looking for signs of problems or debris build-up. This is especially important after rain and windstorms.
3. Protecting Roof Installation Points
Solar panels require roof penetrations for installation, potentially leading to leaks if not properly sealed. Regularly inspect the sealant around these penetrations and ensure they are intact. If you notice any signs of damage or deterioration, contact a professional roofing company to reseal the penetrations promptly.
In particular, you want to look out for signs that water or moisture has made its way into your roofing materials, including:
- Water Stains: Look out for brown, yellow, or gray stains on your ceiling or walls. These are often the first visible signs of a leaking roof.
- Damaged shingles: Bubbling, cracking, and peeling are all signs that a water leak may have damaged your shingles.
- Growth of Mold or Mildew: Unexplained mold or mildew growth on your ceiling or walls might indicate a hidden leak.
- Bubbling Paint or Wallpaper: Water entering your home can cause the paint or wallpaper to bubble or peel.
- Attic Moisture: Check your attic regularly for signs of moisture or damp insulation. These are potential indicators of a leaky roof.
- Increased Utility Bills: A sudden spike in your heating or cooling costs could suggest a roof leak, as it reduces the insulation efficiency of your home.
4. Get Professional Help When Necessary
If you notice any of the above signs of a roof leak or see other issues with your roof, don't hesitate to call our roof repair team for guidance. Our professional technicians have the expertise and tools necessary to identify and address potential issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. We are also adept at working on roofing that has solar PV systems installed.
Like you, we are excited to see solar being embraced and are always just a phone call away when you need roofing advice. We can also help you coordinate roof replacements with solar PV system installations. Just let us know what you need, and we can help you figure out how to make it happen.