Installing Rooftop Solar Panels
When condensation is on your windows, it is entirely reasonable. The problem comes when the condensation starts to appear in-between the panes of glass. If this occurs, the window has “seal failure.” Seal failure is when condensation appears in-between the two panes of glass. If this happens, the window sash is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, and you will receive a replacement.
Questions To Ask
- What does my roof look like?
- What is the condition under my roof?
- What is the warranty on both my roof and the solar panels?
What To Look For
Solar panels should always be installed on a new roof, or at a minimum, a roof that is only a few years old. An average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 20 to 30 years, depending on the materials used. Inspecting the inside of your roof is just as important as inspecting the outside. In your attic space, a homeowner should check for damaged rafters or trusses, leaks or stains, dark looking spots, and mildew. If your roof reflects any of the warning signs above or hasn’t been replaced in the last ten years, consider getting a roofing estimate from a professional roofing contractor.
Also, it is essential to ask yourself, what is the warranty on the roof compared to the warranty on the solar panels? It wouldn’t make much sense if the roof will only last another 10 to 15 years, while the life of the solar panels could last in some cases almost 20 years. This would require the removal of the solar panels in order to have a replacement roof installed, and then the reinstallation of the solar panels back on the new roof.
- Understanding the cost and harm of installing these rooftop solar panels on an older or damaged roof can save you thousands of dollars in repairs down the line and protect your investment from any future issues.