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What Front Range Roofing Clients Need To Know Before Installing Solar Panels?


October 19, 2016

There is a solar boom going on in Colorado for a good reason. Colorado has almost 300 sun days per year - boasting more than Florida! In addition to its green benefits, this rise in sales may be due to tax credits, bonuses for selling energy back to the grid, and low cost electricity. Upping its solar from 5,000 to 30,000 systems since 2009, Colorado is becoming one of the growing solar communities in the U.S. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the amount of solar energy being collected in the U.S. will increase fourfold by 2020, which will be enough to power 20 million homes. So if you’re one of the many Coloradans getting on the solar panel bandwagon, roofing considerations are in order.

Just as you can’t build a house on sand, you can’t put a solar array on a roof that is in bad condition. You need to determine if your roof is solar-ready. Here’s a list of red flags that require the attention of an expert:
  • Higher than normal energy bills
  • Ceiling or attic leaks
  • Stains in the attic or interior walls
  • Mildew or mold growth
  • Dark spots on the shingles
  • Pealing interior or exterior paint
  • Exterior decay
If your roof has any of these issues, you’ll need to contact the experts at K1 Roofing to come inspect your roof. Our front range roofing professionals can determine if your roof simply needs repairs to fix minor issues (e.g., replace damaged flashes or shingles, seal leakage spots, and fix rotten or cracked wood or venting systems) or a full replacement to support a solar array.  This is very important because a damaged or weak roof will sag under the weight of an array. This can cause cracks and leaks, which can lead to even bigger problems like dry rot. A simple inspection could save you the unnecessary hassle, cost, and risk of uninstalling new panels on an old roof, replacing the roof, then reinstalling the panels.  A roof that is in good condition is the best foundation for installing solar panels.

The Inspection:

A K1 Roofing inspector will likely ask you how old the roof is. If you don’t know, the inspector can use clues like material style to determine the age. The inspector will also look for signs of wear such as cracked, missing or curling shingles. Additionally, signs of leaks, weaknesses, and dry rot will be determined.

If all signs point to a new roof, a K1 Roofing specialist can show you various roof designs and an array of shingle styles and colors. All your roofing needs will be met during the installation, from delivering high-quality roofing materials to securing shingles, flashes, piping and ventilation. When your roof is finished, it’ll be good to go for your solar panels.  
Serving Denver for over 25 years, K1 Roofing is a star among front range roofing companies. To make sure your roof is ready for solar panels, call 303-335-7370 for a free estimate today.