Do Metal Roofs and Solar Panels Go Together?

Do Metal Roofs and Solar Panels Go Together?

Metal roofs are the most coveted roofing materials for any Littleton, CO home. It offers exceptional durability and dependability that any homeowner can use. However, it can accumulate heat during the sunny seasons that make it dangerous to solar panels.

Solar panels collect solar energy with sufficient heat. Silicon cells can overheat and get damaged. 

This trait explains the lack of solar panel use in many tropical countries. Therefore, everyone's hypothesis is that solar panels on metal roofs will get massive damages. 

However, heat and UV absorption-reducing solar panels guarantee less heat generation on your roofs. Thus, you can completely install a solar panel system without fear of possible damages. Make sure you consult with a metal roofing and solar panel installation professional in Littleton CO, such as Roper Roofing & Solar, before buying solar roofing materials on your own.

If you'd like to know more about solar panel installations on metal roofs, here are a few details from Clean Energy Authority's informative post below.

While metal roofs are becoming more popular, they’re still far less common than asphalt shingles, and many contractors aren’t that familiar with either the roofs or solar panels, let alone how to marry the two.

But the answer is a resounding “yes” – you can absolutely install solar panels on a metal roof. If a contractor tells you it can’t be done or that it can’t be done without risking the integrity of your roof, talk to a different contractor.

Not all solar installers are experts with metal roofs and some won’t even quote the job. But if you have a metal roof, it’s likely there is an installer in your community who understands metal roof solar installations or who works with a roofer who knows what to do.

There are several different types of metal roofs. And installation works differently with each style.

With a simple metal roof, the simplest and most elegant solution is thin film laminate that simply adheres to the surface of your roof and generates power. Of course, thin-film is generally less efficient than standard rack-mounted solar PV panels. Rack mounting also works on a straight metal roof, but it requires extra care and special flashing techniques. A qualified roofer and solar installer working together in tandem can successfully install solar on a metal roof without causing any damage.

Most residential metal roofs today use metal shingles. They’re sturdy and attractive.  These are the roofs that tend to perplex contractors most when they think of installing solar panels.

However, there are a few tried and true methods for installing solar on these roofs with metal shingles that prove to be even more secure and to look more sophisticated than a traditional solar installation on an asphalt roof.

QuickMount PV worked with Decra to develop an undermount system that installs a drainage pan under the mount while putting the metal roofing over the mount. That way, any water that penetrates the first layer of roofing will roll down to the shingles below and off of the roof. (Continued)

You can always count on us at Roper Roofing & Solar for the best solar panel installations. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.


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