Roof-Mounted Solar System

Roof-mounted solar panels are what most people imagine when they think of a solar power system. They’re also the most affordable option. Here are some common questions we encounter when discussing a roof-mounted solar system:

Will my roof be in danger of leaks?

When someone starts talking about drilling holes in your roof you want to make sure they know what they’re doing, right? This is an understandable concern. Let us put your mind at ease.

We use a premium rail system (which the panels sit on top of) that allows for 33 percent less roof penetration because of the longer span. It’s very strong and requires fewer holes to be drilled.

The holes that are drilled go directly into every third rafter beam. From there, a three-part seal is added to ensure there are no leaks:

  • Liquid sealant
  • EPDM rubber sealant, a kind of rubber material used specifically on roofs because of its ability to withstand harsh environments (especially sunlight)
  • Stainless steel shield covers

Do you ever see leaks?

Not on any of our projects. The only time we happen to see leaks is when working on already existing solar systems that may have been installed incorrectly. This is definitely something that can be fixed, and we’re happy to do the job.

Is there any type of roofing material that you can’t work on?

No! We can do tile roof, comp roof, sheet metal roof — any type of roofing material.

Is there a certain roof pitch that is too steep?

We recommend nothing more than 34 degrees (8/12 pitch). An A-frame roof (45° or greater) requires much more labor and is less energy efficient, so it’s not recommended.

Are there any other benefits to roof-mounted panels (besides the solar power)?

Glad you asked! Solar panels are stronger than the average roof and serve as an outer protective layer. Also, because the panels block the sun and rain, they effectively protect your roof from the elements and prevent moss build-up.