What Happens When You Need Solar Panel Roof Repairs?
Investing in solar panels for your home is a step towards sustainable living and lower energy costs. However, one significant concern many homeowners face is what happens when they need solar panel roof repairs or replacement after the panels have been installed.
Solar panels become part of the roofing structure once they’re installed, so it’s important to think about this potential scenario. Let’s look at what happens if a roof needs work after installing solar panels and consider why it’s often more practical to replace the roof at the beginning of the project.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last
Solar panels are incredibly durable, and their lifetime is comparable to common roofing materials. If you get solar panels installed, you can expect them to last at least 25 years. Some panels will go on to produce some electricity for up to 30 years.
Considering that solar panels will be up on your roof for decades to come, it becomes quite clear that you’ll have some important decisions to make if you want solar but also have an aging roof.
Removing Solar Panels for Roof Repairs
If a roof needs repair or replacement after solar panel installation, the process will be a little more complicated. The panels, along with equipment like inverters, wiring, and mounting hardware, will be carefully removed to facilitate roof work. This involves expertise and coordination between solar installers and roofing professionals. This can increase the cost of what might otherwise be a simple roof repair. It will also disrupt solar production at your home, temporarily.
This reinforces the importance of considering the age and condition of your roof when you get your free home solar estimate. Coordinating repairs or replacement with solar panel installation could save you money in the long term. It’s also more convenient to do everything at the same time if it makes financial sense.
How Early is Too Early to Replace Your Roof?
Generally, if your roof is within five years of its replacement age, then it makes sense to replace it at the same time as installing solar. This will put the lifetime of the roof and the lifetime of the solar panels quite close to each other. It will be unlikely that you’ll need to remove the panels throughout the lifetime of the roof, so everything will be more efficient and cost-effective.
If your roof is in good condition but needs repairs, then you could have these done at the same time as installing solar. This will prevent any need to take down the panels in the next few years.
A Free Home Solar Estimate with a Company That Understands Roofing
New York Power Solutions is a solar roofing company that has decades of experience. We can take care of roof repair and replacement at the same time as solar installation. We can also provide solar panel roof repairs at any point in the lifetime of your solar panels. Our experience allows us to minimize cost and maximize convenience.
When you get your free home solar estimate, you’ll also get a detailed inspection and cost/benefit breakdown. We’ll let you know the most economical path forward whether that means replacing your roof now or waiting.
SMART Solar Financing and New York Solar Tax Credits
There are currently some powerful federal and New York solar tax credits available that reduce the real cost of solar installation. These credits can even be applied to an interest-free period on SMART solar financing, with no money down.
If you want solar but can’t pay for it upfront, that’s no problem. Most families finance their systems and still generate an excellent return on investment. Talk to us today to start planning.
Get Solar with New York Power Solutions
We are the best team for new solar installations. We provide 25-years of warranty coverage for panels and will be available for solar panel roof repairs at any point. We will give you clear and upfront information about the condition of your roof so that you can decide if you should repair or replace before getting your panels installed. Contact us today for your free estimate and see why New York Power Solutions has been trusted by more than 5,000 families and businesses so far.