Can I Install Solar Panels on Tile Roofs?
There are many factors that can affect the cost and design of your solar panel system. Different roof types require different installation methods. A lightweight tile roof can pose unique challenges for solar installers. These are some things to consider before you add solar energy to your tile roof.
How to Install Solar Panels on Tile Roofs
An inset solar installation is a preferred method to install efficient solar panels on a lightweight tile roof. This will increase the cost and time required for your project, but it will provide long-term durability and prevent any potential damage to your home.
A roofing professional will remove the tile roof and lay new composite shingles. The roof’s waterproofness is ensured by sealing the transitions with flashing (sheet metal).
The solar expert then installs the solar panel on the composite shingle. Composite shingles are unlikely to sustain damage that can lead to a compromised roof, especially when compared to the possibility of accidental damage to lightweight tiles.
Once the composite shingles have been installed, the surrounding area is filled with the tiles that were removed. This gives the roof an attractive appearance with the solar array built in.
What Benefits Does an Inset Solar Panel Installation Bring?
As with other roof replacements, costs related to solar-necessary upgrades may be eligible for the Solar Investment Tax Credit.
Inset installation is a popular choice for homeowners because of its overall appearance. Inset installations give the impression that your home was designed to harness solar energy. This style is low-profile and is commonly used in new home designs that have solar energy predetermined. You can also keep any extra tiles from your roof that were used for composite shingle installation.
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