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Solar Panels and Your Roof in Lake Charles: Questions and Considerations

POSTED ON: 01/01/2022

As the world becomes increasingly environmentally conscious, solar panels are experiencing a boom.  Roughly 4% of United States’ homes have solar panels installed, and as the years go on, they will become more and more common.  However, there are questions and considerations to ask your roofing contractor in Lake Charles, LA before investing in them for your own home. 

First on the list of considerations is the age of your roof.  Does it need to be repaired or replaced before the solar panels are installed?  If your roof is close to needing to be replaced, it is best to hold off on installing solar panels until after the new roof is in place to save yourself money on dismantling and reinstalling the solar panels.  Having a professional roof inspection in Lake Charles, LA can help you determine which path to take.  It is also important to look at the details of your roof’s warranty.  Installing solar panels that will last a decade or more longer than your roof’s warranty can increase maintenance costs. 

The shape of your roof and the direction of the slopes of your roof will determine where the best location is for your solar panels.  The shape of your roof in Lake Charles, LA is important to determine if there is enough space for solar panels.  If there is not, you will not get the return on your investment you would hope for.  Proper placement is also critical to get the most out of your solar panels.  Many professionals agree South or West facing is best.

How much weight can my roof handle?  Asking your roofing contractor in Lake Charles, LA the weight limit for your roof is imperative.  Having the appropriate support for the solar panels will prevent your roof from collapsing in and the dangers that come with that.  Last but not least, what happens when it rains?  Roofs are built with flashing and gutters to encourage the water to flow in specific directions and off of the roof.  Solar panels can sometimes change the flow of the water, and if plans are not made to divert the water safely, damage can occur.    

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