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Installing Solar Panels on Various Roof Types Pt 1

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Installing Solar Panels on Various Roof Types Pt 1

If you are thinking about having a solar panel installation done on your property, then you may be wondering whether the type of roof you have is appropriate for the installation project. The good thing is that it is possible to install solar panels on almost any type of roof, but the process, as well as mounting hardware, may vary from one material to the next. Below, we will explore the several kinds of roofs on which these one be placed, and how each roof has a very unique installation process.

Roof Types on Which You Can Have Solar Panels Installed

As mentioned, solar panels can be installed on just about any roof. Some of the most widely used roof materials which solar installation contractors in West Hollywood may come across on the job are as follows.

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Slate Tiles
  • Clay Tiles
  • Rubber
  • Concrete

Solar panel systems can be effectively and safely installed on all of the above-mentioned roof materials, but the exact installation procedure may differ depending on the material/roof type. Below, we will look at each material and the way such panels are secured to it.

On Shingle and Tile Roofs

Several buildings have tiled roofs, which might seem like an impediment to installing solar panels. However, solar racking businesses and installation professionals have come up with several safe and smart ways to make placing solar panels up a singled or tiled roof easier than before.

On Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Asphalt is one of the most popular roof materials, so solar panel installation on a roof made of it is pretty common and straightforward. Professionals will drill studs to the roof and attach solar panel mounts. The space around solar mounting brackets is sealed and encircled with a flashing, which is a metal piece used for the prevention of water infiltration, in order to complete the work.

Clay Tile Roof

Conventional Spanish tile roofs feature clay tiles; it can be expensive to instate solar panels on these considering the additional labor required for it. In contrast to standard asphalt roofing, each clay tile is typically removed and replaced in the course of the installation process. This is done for a couple of reasons. Firstly, clay tiles are somewhat fragile and may break when installation workers walk on the roof. Secondly, in order to secure solar panels in the proper way, workers have to bolt the solar racking equipment’s feet to the roof of your house. With a clay tile roof, it is possible to access this area in the proper way, but only by lifting the tiles up.

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