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Protecting Your Home's Roof When Installing Solar

The number one element of risk with installing solar on your home is damage to your roof. An improper solar install can result in water damage and expensive repairs within a year or two of your system being install.

Solar Design Studio Residential Solar Case Study - Protecting Your Home's Roof When Installing Solar

A Kansas City, MO home owner contacted us about installing solar on her home. The home was located in an old neighborhood where the homes were 90 plus years old. All are well maintained and many had their roofs replaced a few times over the years. This particular home had a roof comprised of Decra Stone Coated Steel Metal Roof System. This roof is expensive and adds an element of elegance to the home. Naturally, the homeowner was concerned about roof penetrations associated with solar and invalidating the warranty. The home owner spoke with other install companies about an installation. and these companies failed to acknowledge the risk of installing solar on this particular type of roof.

After our initial assessment, we contacted Quick Mount PV and discussed our options and developed a solution using their Solar Mount system with Iron Ridge racking. The solution involved removing the roof panels on the roof, installing the mounts and then laying down a high quality ice and water shield. This approach protected the leak-free roof. The roof panels were replaced and sealed per the manufacturer's instructions. All conduit was run through the attic, not across the roof and avoid aesthetic issues. The manufacturer also honored the initial roof warranty in writing.

When installing solar, it is critical that the solar racking system be a 100% code-compliant, water tight system. As a home owner who is interested in solar we recommend you ask the prospective installers to explain how they with protect your roof and what type of written warranty you will receive. Ask yourself if you believe that installer will be in business to honor that warranty.

We have been installing solar for more than 14 years in the Kansas City area and we have never been called back due for a leaking roof. As QuickMount PV says, "Respect The Roof."

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