Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

How Solar Panel Installation May Lead To Roof Damage

Lee Hunt

While solar panels are being hailed as perfect sources of clean energy, they can damage some roofs. The extent of the damage depends on the age of the roof, the roofing material, and the expertise of the solar installer. Here are some of the causes of roof damages associated with solar panel installation:

Foot Traffic

Anything that involves walking or working on the roof can damage it. Installing a solar panel necessitates several trips on the roof for inspection and installation purposes. For example, the installer may have to climb onto the roof to determine where the panels can be installed and which solar sizes to use.

Working on the roof presents different damages such as:

  • Mechanical damage, such as holes or cuts, from accidentally dropped tools.
  • Scuffing from foot traffic.
  • Indentations on hot (and therefore soft) asphalt.

Penetrations

Installing things on the roof, especially those that involve roof penetrations, create weak points on the roof. For example, when installing a solar panel, the installer will have to install a supporting structure that has to penetrate the roof covering for proper strength. The penetration points, if not properly sealed, can become points of water leaks. Even if they are properly sealed, they are more likely to leak water in the future than other sections of the roof.

Drainage Complications

If the solar installer doesn't have adequate roofing skills, the installation may impede water flow on the roof. This is especially true if the roof wasn't designed for a future solar installation in mind. In such a case, the support structure for the solar panels or even the panels themselves can misdirect water flow or slow down the drainage. That can lead to roof leaks after some time.

Attraction of Animals/Foreign Materials

Finally, your solar panels may also create problems for your roof by attracting debris or animals to it. For example, birds and bees may nest under the solar panels, and wind-blown debris may also get trapped under it. The pests and debris accumulation can eventually lead to roof damage, for example by trapping water and accelerating roof decay.

At best, solar panel installation shouldn't be an afterthought. Whenever you decide to install one, however, use professional installers to minimize the effect on your roof. It's also a good idea to consult a roofing contractor first to prepare you for what to expect and make any necessary adjustments before going ahead with the installation.


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