Should You Install New Solar Panels on an Old Roof?

It's always a good idea to use solar panels because of the massive energy bill reduction. Plus, you're helping out the environment. You won't need to invest heavily in solar technologies because material and labor prices continue to fall. 

However, installing your new solar panels on old roofs is one idea you need to think about.

The pros of installing a new solar set on your aging Littleton, CO roof are the following:

  • Zero downtime
  • Less-than-a-week installation

Professional Littleton, CO solar panel installation teams can get everything up and running for you in an instant. However, you will face the following risks, such as:

  • Poor material integrity might cause your roof to collapse.
  • When your roof leaks, you'll need to remove your roof.
  • Potential damage to your solar panel system when you remove them.

You will face a higher cost of installing a new roof and solar panel system. However, you'll receive the best scenario for owning a new solar panel because you have a roof that gives it proper footing and foundation.

AZ Roofing has an excellent post about roof replacement and solar panel installation. Read more about them here.

Do You Need a Roof Replacement First?

You may want to have a roof inspection done before you install solar panels to make sure that it is going to be able to hold up to the effort. This is especially important if you think your roof may already be near the end of its life.

Overall, if you think you may need a roof replacement in the next 10 years or do, get an expert’s opinion before considering solar panel installation.

There are some solar companies that offer roofing services, but generally, reroofing is going to be done prior to or right around the time of your new solar installation. You’ll essentially get the new roof and solar panels all at once!

If you do need a new roof before going to solar energy, it’s a good idea to get it done.

When you add solar pannels to your roof after a roof replacement, the panels will make the lifetime of your roof last longer.

If you are getting a roof replacement with solar panels at the same time there is a good chance you won’t need to reroof again until you need a new solar system. That saves you money in the long run on maintenance and energy.

If you do have solar panels on your roof and you run into a need to replace your roof, post solar panel installation, you will have the added cost of labor to remove and replace the solar panels while the re-roofing process is taking place.

What About Solar Shingles?

Solar shingles may seem like the perfect alternative if you want to reroof and take advantage of alternative energy sources. These shingles would replace the roofing materials, which means you wouldn’t be spending money on those materials and solar panels. (Continued)

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


795 McIntyre St. Suite 303
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 720-809-7586



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