The Best Roof Type For Solar
If you’ve ever looked at the housing market, there’s a wide variety to choose from. There are single-family homes, townhomes, condos, manufactured homes, and more. As many different homes as there are, there are also as many different roof types. No matter what you call home, the best roof type for solar is the one you’re living under. And going solar is as easy as calling the experts at SunPro Solar.
Installing Solar Panels Includes the Following Types of Roofs
As we’ve said, there are a variety of different kinds of roofs that homeowners can install solar panels on, including the following kinds:
- Clay or slate tiles
- Asphalt shingles
- Concrete tiles
- Wood or cedar tiles
- Rubber roofs
Installing solar panels on these different roof varieties necessitates different installation techniques, but experts can safely and efficiently install a brand new solar power system on any kind of residential or even commercial roof.
Wooden and Cedar Roof Tiles
Wooden and cedar roof tiles are common to older homes. While many homeowners with older homes ask themselves if they’re good candidates for solar power, the good news is they are. In order to install solar panels on wooden or cedar roof tiles, solar power installers will drill a stud into the tiles and insert flashing underneath the wooden or cedar roof tiles in order to prevent leaking. By installing solar panels in this manner, homeowners can rest easy that they can gain more energy efficiency and without concern for leakage.
Installing Solar on Clay Tile Roofs
In Southern California, many homes have traditional Spanish tiles on the roof. This is also a part of a Mediterranean trend in homebuilding, and traditionally these tiles are made of clay. As any homeowner with clay tiles knows, they are extremely fragile and can break very easily.
This is why when installing solar panels on a clay tile roof, experts take extra precautions. This means the experts will remove your clay tiles to mount racking feet, metal hooks and flashing directly onto the home’s roof. Then, new tiles will be inserted above these to conform with the home’s aesthetics. In some cases, expert installers may place a new metal piece in its place instead.
Asphalt Shingles- the Most Common Type
The most common type of roof material is asphalt shingles. These affordable shingles are very popular with home builders. Because they are so common in residences, installing solar panels on asphalt shingles is easy and straightforward. Installers will typically drill studs, install panel mounts and flashing to prevent any water from creeping in.
Some homeowners have really artistic homes and use metal roofs. Installing solar panels on a metal roof isn’t as complicated as one would believe- it’s actually as easy as either clamping solar systems onto a raised metal seam or drill holes and add flashing to prevent any water damage.
Concrete Tiles or Rubber Roofs
Concrete tiles and rubber roofs are less common but are still found in multifamily units. In order to install solar panels on these roofs, solar power installation experts will install tilted or slanted metal racking in order to hold up the solar panels at the exact angle necessary to gather solar energy. Alternatively, a ballast system might be used as a weighted racking system to hold solar panels in place.
As you can see, the best roof type for solar panels is the one worked on by the experts at SunPro Solar. For more information or to take advantage of solar power, call the energy experts at 951-678-7733.