Roofing Services You May Need When You Have Solar Panels Installed On Your Asphalt Shingle Roof
If you're thinking about getting solar panels put on your asphalt shingle roof, you may wonder what's involved when it comes to your shingles. Before your solar panels are put on, you'll need a roofer to check your roof. Here are some roofing services you may need when you're getting solar panels and maintaining your roof.
Inspect The Roof Shingles, Deck, And Flashing
An inspection is important because you and the roofer need to know the condition of your roof to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. The age of your roof and the amount of damage it has matter. If your roof is several years old, the roofer may recommend it be replaced even if it's still in fairly good shape so the panels won't have to be removed later just to make repairs because your roof is old.
Repair Or Replace Your Roof
If your roof is fairly new, the roofer will repair even minor damage if it's present, so your roof is in good shape and ready to have the panels installed. If your roof has a lot of damage or it's old, the roofer will replace it. When they get the shingles off, they can see the deck and look for hidden damage too.
With a new roof in place, your roof should last for many years. If you buy quality shingles, your roof might last the entire lifetime of your solar panels if it doesn't suffer from storm damage.
Maintain Your Roof
Maintenance is one of the most important roofing services to have over the life of your roof since maintenance can help your shingles last for a long time. Solar panels probably won't cover your entire roof, so the contractor can service exposed shingles without having to remove the panels.
The roofing contractor can check for problems under the panels by looking at the back side of your roof from the attic. They can also inspect the ceilings and walls of your home for signs of water damage. If they suspect there is a roof leak under a solar panel, the panel has to come off so the shingles can be repaired or replaced. Then the solar panel can be replaced.
If a large part of your roof is damaged by hail or wind, you might need a roof replacement. However, this is determined by how much of your roof is damaged. If solar panels cover much of your roof, they may protect your shingles. The panels might be damaged though, so it's still a good idea to keep up with regular inspections so you can have damaged panels or shingles replaced when needed.
Contact a local roofing contractor to learn more.