Going solar in 2022 is a great decision after PG&E rates went up 8% this year. Plus, this is the last year that the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will be 26% for homeowners! The credit will be reduced to 22% in 2023 and will go down to 10% in 2024. Claiming this substantial tax deduction is a great incentive amounting to significant savings. Not to mention that installing a new roof and solar panels together aligns their respective life cycles. Here’s how:
Checking Your Roof’s Integrity Before Installation
You will need to consider the age and condition of your roof. It will determine if it makes financial sense to go ahead and have the roof replaced at the same time as the solar installation. Thoroughly inspect the structural integrity of your roof. It will help you determine whether or not the weight of the solar panels and related equipment can be supported. If your roof is damaged, aging, or simply not strong enough to bear the burden, you will need to deal with the problem beforehand.
You shouldn’t install solar panels on an aging, worn out roof. Here are the most common types of damage to look out for:
- Structural Damage
- Punctures and Cracks
- Standing Water
- Water Damage
- Loose or Broken Tiles
- Worn Down Materials
To ensure nothing is overlooked, schedule a consultation with a roofing contractor.
Solar panels are warrantied for 25 years and will perform in excess of that. If your roof is within ten years of needing to be replaced, it is much more cost effective to have it replaced in conjunction with the solar installation. Having to remove and reinstall the solar equipment to replace a worn out roof can be a costly process.
What if You Already Have Solar and Your Roof Needs Replacement?
Already have solar panels and have to replace your roof? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This scenario is fairly common, and with a little planning, the additional obstacle of removing and reinstalling your solar panels can be minimal.
What to Expect
Understanding the logistics of solar panel removal/reinstallation and roof replacement can make the process as seamless as possible. Here are the key things you need to know before getting started:
- Removing panels is required before replacing your roof
- Changing roof materials may impact the reinstallation of your solar panels
- Choosing a roofer and solar company that are willing to work together will facilitate the process
How to Disconnect Solar Panels to Replace Roof
The removal and reinstallation process will require a solar installation professional. Protect your warranty by having your solar installer perform this process. However, if your solar installer is no longer in business, DC Solar Electric can help.
Be sure to store your solar panels in a safe place one they’re removed, such as your garage or a shed. Do not leave them out in the open. Falling debris caused by the removal of your old roofing can cause irreparable damage.
Selecting Your New Roof Material
There are many options for new roof materials. You may want to make a change to something more energy-efficient, more durable, or more affordable. You will need to keep in mind that changing your roof material may mean you have to replace your solar panel mounting hardware. Doing this can add additional costs to the reinstallation process.
Consult with your solar installation company before committing to the change. If you decide to switch material, talk to your installer ahead of time. It will enable them to arrange for the delivery of your new mounting hardware before your roof replacement is complete. That way, you won’t be waiting around for delivery before reinstallation of your solar system.
Collaboration Between Service Providers is Key
Choose a roofer who is willing to work directly with your solar installation company to avoid considerable headaches. Connect your providers beforehand. They can coordinate on issues such as scheduling and materials purchasing/delivery. Doing this will lead to a faster and less stressful project.
Looking to Replace Your Roof?
Whether you are planning on installing a solar system or already have solar, reach out to the professionals at DC Solar Electric. We will work with your roof installation company to ensure a smooth and cost-effective installation. We have pride in our work so you’ll have pride in your home.