Many different materials are used for roofing on homes. Aside from traditional asphalt shingles, metal has been rising in popularity because of its environmental and insulation benefits. If you have a metal roof and are considering having solar panels installed, you may have some questions about the feasibility of doing so. But there is no need to worry, as installing solar panels on metal roofs is practical and offers unique benefits. Here, Vision Solar takes a closer look at what you need to know.
Installing solar panels on traditional roofs usually requires drilling holes to attach mounting equipment. However, this can be avoided thanks to installation methods unique to each type of metal roof, including:
- Standing seam roofs: A mounting system can be attached to the seam of your roof with clamps, avoiding the need for holes and speeding up the installation process.
- Metal tile roofs: If your roof uses metal tiles that give the appearance of shingles, the installer can replace some of them with mounting shingles where solar panels can be attached. This nifty solution maintains the protection that shingles provide from moisture and the elements.
- Corrugated metal roofs: Roofs with this construction will probably necessitate drilling holes. Mounting equipment is installed in the holes, and the solar panels are placed on top as would be done on an asphalt roof.
Benefits of Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are popular because of their ability to reflect sunlight, keeping your house cool in the summer and allowing you to use less energy on air conditioning. When you install solar panels over the roof, you will shield the surface of your roof even more. This enhances your insulation while capturing the sunlight to convert it into electricity you can use in your home. By combining solar panels and metal roofing, you can drop your energy consumption steeply and bolster your savings every month.
Another way that metal roofs and solar panels complement each other is in the area of durability. Solar panels are expected to last around 25 to 30 years, likely meaning you’ll need to make repairs to an asphalt roof along the way. Metal, on the other hand, is one of the most durable roofing materials available and can save you from removing and reinstalling your solar panel system to make repairs. Since solar panels are made from strong materials, they will also help protect your roof from any potential damage.
Enhance Your Metal Roof Today
Despite misconceptions, having a metal roof provides many advantages when it comes to solar panel installation. Between durability, better insulation, and other benefits, homeowners with metal roofs can have peace of mind that their investment will be worthwhile. To learn more about solar panels on metal roofs or our services, contact Vision Solar today. If you’re still unsure about installing a solar panel system, you can also request a free quote for an idea of how much you can potentially save by putting solar panels on your roof.