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Are Solar Panels Safe For Your Roof?

As environmental consciousness becomes increasingly popular, more homeowners are turning to eco-friendly options for their roofs. While there are many roofing materials on the market that are eco friendly, a new roof isn’t always necessary in order for a roof to become more eco-friendly. Many homeowners who have well-functioning roofs already are turning to solar panels to meet their sustainability needs. 

And while solar panels are a fantastic, and safe, option for many roofs, there are several factors that need to be considered before a homeowner takes the plunge into solar energy. Here are 3 things to consider before you make your decision: 

#1: Check for Licensing 

When getting solar panels installed on your roof, it is important to make sure that the contractor you are using holds the appropriate licensure and certification. Solar panels pose no risk to your roof if they are installed properly by a licensed contractor, so taking the extra time to ensure that your contractor is qualified could save you from a headache – and a damaged roof- down the road. 

#2: Understand the Process

Solar panels alter the structure of your roof and home, so it is important to be aware of how the installation process works. The roofing contractor will prepare your roof and ensure that it is ready to accept the solar panel installation. Then, they will put in the wiring that attaches the panels to your power system and install the panels on top. 

#3: Know Your Hole Options 

One of the concerns people raise when it comes to solar is the idea of drilling holes into the roof to hold the panels. This is very understandable, so it is important to understand the process and technique used to drill the holes, but also the fact that there are other ways to attach the panels besides drilling holes. Be sure to talk with your roofing contractor to find out what options are right for your roof. 

But First, Get A Roof Inspection

These tips are helpful, but before you jump into a solar panel installation process, it is crucial to schedule a professional roof inspection to make sure that your roof is in excellent condition before you install anything over the top of it. While Cenvar Roofing doesn’t install solar panels on top of roofs, we are the top choice for professional roofing contractors in the Lynchburg area, and we will make sure that your roof is as ready as it can be. If you are looking for a trusted roofing contractor, look no further than Cenvar Roofing! Find your local branch and give our office a call today to schedule a free estimate for your roof!