What you need to know before installing rooftop solar panels
What do you need to know before installing rooftop solar panels?
Doing your homework and becoming knowledgeable about solar panel installation and your requirements, will protect you from difficulties and added costs. Because solar panels are sometimes installed by solar professionals who may not have a background in roofing, they may not be aware of the impact to your roof's lifespan. When owners rent their roofs to solar providers, there are logistical and legal issues which may arise over loss of income during roof work, or liability issues in the event of theft, vandalism or damage. In addition, installation of solar panels can nullify your roofing material's warranty without the contractor or roofing manufacturer's permission.
There is also the issue of fires associated with solar panels. The occurrance of fire is rare but has happened. The plastic components that some ballasted systems use may not be fire resistant, and polystyrene insulation pads which are installed under the panels are also a potential risk.
According to buildings.com, to determine whether or not your roof is a good candidate for solar panels, factors to be considered are:
Installation choices include a penetrating, mechanically fastened, ballasted or laminated system. In low-slope roofs, NRCA recommends a penetrating system where the panels are attached to the building structure. Ballasted systems are less expensive to install because they minimize the risk to the building during installation. Use of curbs, sleepers or posts must be designed and attached to the building frame to with-stand wind and other environmental challenges. Penetrating and mechanically fastened systems can be designed to use with any building and roofing system.
Installing solar panels should not harm your roof if installed properly. Solar professionals will work with you and and show you how much weight your roof will tolerate and what equipment will work best for you and your roof. Panels should be laid out and kept away from walls or other structures that may cause shade. They also must not be installed near or close to equipment with hot exhaust, high-wind zones and roof perimeter.
In most cases, a racking system mounts the panels, with any resulting gaps sealed. Coverings such as flashing may be needed which results in additional barriers to protect your roof. Your roof's integrity is preserved and in some cases, may be made better.
How much do solar panels weigh?
Solar panels contain solar cells which are made of some form of silicon, and metal conductor strips and antireflective coating. Wiring and hardware attach panels to the roof. Solar panels don't add much weight, usually about four pounds per square foot. That being said, if a roof is in disrepair before they are installed, it doesn't take much weight to cause cracks or leaks in your shingles.
Many of today's top solar professionals have the expertise to install solar technology without inflicting damage. There is some drilling with installation but the equipment and attachments used by the professionals will protect your roof. In addition, these solar technicians have the expertise to maneuver your roof with no damage. If your roof's lifespan will not exceed the life of the solar systems, consider replacing the roof before installing solar panels.
We hope that you have found this article helpful and informative.
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What is the best way to choose a roofing company in Columbia?
Roofing companies in Columbia seem to fall into several categories. Many of the companies found in a Google search are construction companies who do roofing. These companies primarily do construction and remodeling. Some roofers are siding and gutter companies or window replacement companies who also do roofing repair or replacement. There are roofing companies that are satellite branches to construction companies based in other cities. Many of these companies do both commercial and residential roofing.
The number of years the company has been in business varies greatly. Then there are the locally-owned and operated roofing companies, like Joye Roofing, which are family owned who have been in business for many years.
Another difference found in researching roofing companies was the way they assess their customers' needs. Some companies will offer a free estimate before doing any work. Other companies will go even further and offer a free roof inspection. Some companies show warranties for their work, others do not.
Some companies offer multiple business ratings and recommendations. Others may show photographs of their work along with past customers' recommendations. Some companies show that they are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, others do not show this information.
Below are some of the roofing companies found for the Columbia area along with some basic information about each.
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When searching for a roofing company that will work best for you one of the first things most people do is check out their previous customer reviews. According to Search Engine Land, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. This is why your reviews are so valued by us. The more customer reviews we have posted on the web, the more traffic from new customers we can accrue.
3 Reason why your review is so important
1.Gives us the opportunity to grow and improve our products and services
By explaining to us if you were satisfied with the products and services you were given, it will give us the knowledge we need to begin expanding. With expanding we are able to improve and create a great customer experience. Without this, we are unable to compete with the ever changing, and competitive market.
2.By sharing your reviews with others, it will allow new customers to trust us
When your friends and neighbors see your trustworthy review about us it will give them the confidence they need to work with us. By sharing what your expectations were and if they were met and or exceeded, this will give the new customers confidence that their expectations will also be met.
3.Delivers factual data that can be used to improve marketing decisions
Another great aspect of our company receiving your review is that is provides us with the knowledge we need to create better marketing materials. You give us great insight on how you learned about our business and how you gained your understanding of how we were going to assist in fixing your roofing problem. This guides us in the right direction when growing our marketing campaigns.
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5 questions to ask yourself when trying to determine which company or contractor is the best for your job
When replacing or repairing a roof it is important to hire the correct person to install it for you. The two most common choices are either a roofer or a roofing contractor.
A roofer is a person who just works on roofs; they may or may not be a licensed contractor. Roofers mainly focus on smaller jobs and repairs. A roofing contractor is a licensed contractor with the state who specializes in roofing. They are more focused on full replacements and large scale damages.
When trying to determine which company or contractor is the best for your job, ask yourself these 5 questions:
After answering these four questions you should be able to decide if a roofer or roofing contractor is right for you. Roofers focus mainly on repairs and roofing contractors focus on the larger repairs and full replacements. Roofing contractors are able to do the repairs that extend past just the roof as well. Determining how much of your roof and or home is damaged is the first step. After you determine how large the job is you will be able to select the best roofing company for you.
If you have any questions about getting your roof repaired or replaced by a Columbia roofer comment below or give us a call.
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 20 years.