What You Need to Know
If you are among the many proud homeowners who have installed solar panels on your roof, then you know the many benefits of this clean energy solution. However, you may not know that solar panels affect how you maintain your roof and may make it more susceptible to leaks.
We at Lyons Roofing believe it's important to educate homeowners on the potential risks solar panels pose to roofing and how to address them. With guidance from both roofing and solar professionals, you can reap the benefits of solar energy while protecting your roof.
Keep reading to learn about some special considerations when fixing roof leaks when you have rooftop solar panels.
How Solar Panels Make Your Roof More Susceptible to Leaks
Rooftop solar panels are installed directly on top of your shingles or tiles, which means any issues with the panels can affect the roofing system. Additionally, any holes or penetrations made to install the panels can create a weak point that may allow water to seep through, further compromising the roof structure. Solar panels can also allow water and debris to collect underneath them, inhibiting your roof's normal drainage routes. This can cause the degradation of your roofing materials.
While these risks do not mean you should not install solar panels, they are worth knowing about so that you can take pains to mitigate them. In particular, it is important to take special precautions when installing solar panels, including using appropriate flashings and adhesives to prevent any potential leaks.
How to Identify Roof Leaks When You Have Solar Panels
Regularly checking your roof for signs of leaks is important, especially if you have installed solar panels. It is also essential to work to remove debris from under and around your solar panels, just as you do the rest of your roof.
Some common signs to watch out for include:
- Water stains on interior walls
- Mold or mildew growth
- Consistently damp roofing materials
- Moss and algae growing on your roof
What To Do If You Suspect a Roof Leak
If you suspect a roof leak, the first step is to call a professional roofer, like Lyons Roofing, for a thorough inspection. Because roofing work may need to be coordinated with your solar panel service provider, you mustn't delay roof leak repairs.
Our qualified roofers will be able to pinpoint the source of the leak and provide recommendations for repairs, which may include replacing damaged shingles or tiles, patching any holes or gaps, or applying sealants to protect the roof surface. Lyons Roofing is also experienced in working on roofs with solar panel installations, and we are well aware of the special considerations these jobs require.
How To Prevent Roof Leaks with Solar Panels in the Future
Prevention is vital when it comes to maintaining a healthy roofing system with solar panels installed. This includes regular inspections, cleaning any debris from the roof surface, and ensuring that areas around your solar panel installation are adequately sealed. It also means remaining vigilant to the signs of trouble.
If you are concerned about the integrity of your roof and you have solar panels, don't hesitate to reach out to Lyons Roofing for inspections and maintenance.