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Can solar panels damage your roof?

Solar panel roof damage explained

Every year many people decide to go solar. But, most home and business owners are concerned that solar panels will damage your roof. Luckily, solar panel roof damage is extremely rare because solar installers take precautionary steps to prevent damage from occurring. Here’s some information you need to know on what to expect during a solar installation process.

What is the solar installation process like?

It's rare to have solar panel roof damage during the installation process.Installation projects involve mounting panels on specialized hardware called lag bolts, which are attached to one of the core parts of your home’s structure. Lag bolts withstand high winds, heavy impacts, and the worst of mother nature. However, your solar installer needs to drill a hole into your roof to install the bolts and secure the mount.

One of the biggest concerns for property owners are the holes in your roof. Holes in your roof never sound great but, your solar installer uses several safety measures to make sure your roof is structurally sound while also preventing any leakage. Metal or plastic shields called flashings surround the bolt fixture to avoid water from getting through. Flashings fit under existing roof tiles and then further sealed with tar or similar material. Lastly, sealant fills the hole and protects your roof against water leakage.

What about the weight of the solar system?

solar panel roof damage is extremely rareAnother common concern is the actual weight of the solar system. The solar panels weight will not compromise the structural integrity of your roof. Most roofs are designed to hold a lot of weight. For example, your roof could possibly hold 20-30 solar panels. Also, you don't need to worry about snow if you live in a winter climate area, because solar panels are typically installed at an angle, allowing snow to slide off.

Solar panels protect your roof

One of the many benefits of solar is that solar panels provide your roof with shading and ventilation. Solar panels absorb direct sunlight and protect your roof from harmful UV radiation while saving you money on your utility bill. Like most electronics, solar panels function more efficiently in cooler conditions. They allow air flow between the roof and the solar panels, adding a cooling effect that helps efficiency.

As you can see, solar panels are a great investment and won’t lead to solar panel roof damage. HelioPower provides the highest-quality solutions to reduce our client’s energy costs. We take tremendous pride being the most knowledgeable provider of integrated energy solutions for homes and businesses. So, if you’re interested in a solar power installation project, HelioPower can help you find the best solution for your home. Please contact us today!