What is the Best Roof Material for Solar Panels?

A beautiful house with solar panels on the roof

Thinking of having solar panels installed on your roof? Installing solar panels is a great way to take advantage of the nearly limitless energy of the sun and offset your energy costs. But before you move forward with their installation, you want to make sure your home can support solar panels. Not every roof will be compatible with them, and you don’t want to have to call a roofing contractor for an entire roof replacement just so that you can have solar panels installed. The good news is if your home has asphalt shingles—as about 80% of residential structures do—you’re in good shape. Asphalt shingles are among the best roofing materials to support the installation of solar panels.

Installing Solar Panels on an Asphalt Shingle Roof

Asphalt shingles are both flexible and durable. As long as your roof is in good condition to begin with, installing solar panels on an asphalt shingle roof is simple and straightforward. Studs are drilled into the roof to attach mounts, and then the panels are attached to the mounts. Finally, the space between the panel and stud is sealed against moisture to maintain the rain protection your roof provides. You’ll be able to continue enjoying reliable weather protection from your existing asphalt shingle roof with the addition of energy-saving solar panels.

Need a Roof First?

If you’ve decided you’d like solar panels for your home but need a roof replacement first, Exterior Source can help. We’re a GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor, so we can set you up with a top-tier asphalt shingle roof that will withstand any weather and support your new solar panel system. Give us a call today for a quote!

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