The cost of energy is continuously rising, which is why many homeowners are installing solar panels on their homes. Solar energy systems can reduce your energy bills and make your home more energy independent. Before installing solar panels, however, you’ll need to ask yourself this question. Should you replace your roof? In this blog post, Steinmeyer Roofing, the top roofing contractor in the area, explains whether or not you should replace your roof before having solar panels installed.
Should You Replace Your Roof?
The answer to this question will mostly depend on the kind of roof you have installed on your home. Solar panels typically last between 25 to 30 years. You should consider replacing your current roof entirely if you believe that it will fail during this period of time. Your goal is to get the life span of your roof and your solar panels in sync.
Roof Material Life Spans
We’ll discuss the typical life spans of some common roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are designed to last for up to 20 years. If your asphalt shingles aren’t brand new, then as a roof replacement expert, we suggest replacing them before installing the solar panels. Tile roofs can last for multiple decades, but it’s difficult to install solar panels on this kind of roof. You might want to replace your tile roof. Standing-seam metal roofs last longer than solar panels, so you can probably install solar panels without replacing your metal roof.
Our Solar Panel System
We can install the GAF DecoTech® System for your home. This elegant, high-performance solar system features a low-profile solar panel design that’s integrated directly into the roof. This means that it can blend into the roof’s architecture. This solar panel system looks great on any home. The DecoTech system is also affordable and comes with a great warranty.
Steinmeyer Roofing is the top roofing company in our area because of our great customer service, swift job completion and excellent workmanship. We keep the same labor force year-round so we can deliver consistent quality across jobs. We are also a GAF Master Elite® contractor, which puts us in the top 2% of all roofing contractors in the country. Call us at (217) 202-4158 to learn about our services and products or to ask for a quote.