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4 Roof Installation Tips To Prepare Your Home For Solar Energy When Replacing Old Shingles

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If you are ready to replace the old roofing on your home, then you may want to consider different options to improve energy efficiency. There are options for underlayment and materials, as well as renewable energy improvements like installing solar panels, solar roofing, or solar collectors. The following tips will help you prepare your home for solar energy when you replace it: 

1. Inspect Your Roof for Damage That Needs to Be Repaired Before Replacing It 

You will also want to inspect your roof for damage and repair it before replacing it. Talk to the roofer about installing solar panels for your home and where they are going to be installed. If there are problems with runoff or areas that are more vulnerable to water problems, the contractor can recommend solutions to prevent problems with roof damage and water problems near solar panel installations. 

2. Work With Roof Installer to Ensure Your Roof Can Support Solar Materials 

Roof installers can help with preparing your roof for solar panels by repairing damage and making minor structural improvements. Talk to the installer about solar panel racks and the equipment that you are planning on installing. They can add support for the racks beneath the roof and help with the installation to ensure your roof is not compromised by the extra weight due to the load from solar panels and rack mounting on your home. 

3. Talk With Your Roofing Contractor About Solar Roofing Options for Your Project 

In addition to conventional solar panels and other renewable energy that is mounted on the roof, there are also options for solar roofing systems. These are roofing materials that have the solar panels integrated into them. These systems are more attractive and will not affect the aesthetics of your home when replacing the roof and adding a solar energy system. 

4. Ensure That You Have Clear Roof Space With Direct Sun and Trim Trees That Are in The Way 

The roof of your home also needs to have enough clear space to mount the solar panel array. Look for areas that get direct sunlight and make sure they are clear of obstacles. This may mean that you need to move things like mechanical vent pipes or roof vents to mount solar panels. In addition, there are other areas where you are planning to mount solar panels that may get shade from trees. Trim your trees to ensure they are not blocking sunlight and preventing solar panels from reaching their full potential for producing energy. 

These are some tips that will help you prepare your roof for solar energy when it is time for it to be replaced. If you are ready for a new roof and thinking about renewable energy, contact a roofing company like Premier Roofing Co and talk to them about some of the improvements that need to be done for the roof of your home.