Best practices in solar roofing
Installation is the main process of a solar system. Proper installation practices lead to the efficient functioning of a solar system. During installation, clients get worried about possible damages, leaks, or their roof not holding up under the weight of the solar panels. That’s where reputed solar companies stand out from others.
- Check the roof – The roof is checked whether
• it is in a condition to bear regular solar panel maintenance.
• it has any leaks.
• it will last for the 25+ year life span of the panels.
• it can carry the added weight of the panels.
If the roof is not in a good condition there is no point installing the panels on it. It needs more preparation before going solar.
- Using correct roofing material
It’s important to match each roof to the best installation materials possible.
• Concrete tile roofs are solar-ready.
• Clay tiles are too brittle to bear solar panels. They need to undergo “comp out process” to be solar ready. This involves replacing some tiles with shingles and then installing the panels on top of the shingles.
• Flat roofs are preferred by installers as there is no need to drill a hole. But it requires additional brackets to tilt solar panels at 10-25 degrees, a roof pad to prevent the heavy ballasted system from perforating the roof membrane and a cold-resistant concrete ballast to improve longevity as some concrete ballast breaks down if exposed to repeated below-freezing temperatures.
- Right design for the roof
Each roof type has unique installation needs. What is perfect for one might be a disaster for the other. While designing a solar panel system, one need to keep in their mind a number of variables like type (tile, shingle, or tin)
slope or flat roofs, available space, sun exposure, direction, obstructions, necessary walkways and water flow.
- Good installation habits
A right design with right installation practices make an efficient PV system. The quality of installation depends on the installers. Some installers finish their work quickly leaving a dissatisfied customer and a leaking roof. At Sunbloom, installers are always instructed to follow good installation habits.
• surrounding roof penetrations with flashing which is a water proofing sealant.
• cleaning up all debris and ballast material after installation. Extra debris can often get caught in pipes and clog up the house’s water system.
• Not leaving heavy tools on rooftops, as the weight can often weaken or even puncture the roof membrane and cause unnecessary leaks.
• Not dragging solar panels or racks across rooftops as their weight can cause leaks and their edges can scratch roof materials and membranes.
- Solar Maintenance
As the solar panels don’t have any moving parts, there is hardly any maintenance at all. Whether homemade or store-bought, they are made to work without any problems. Even though a solar panel system is relatively low-maintenance, both it and its roof need some TLC once in a while to keep them performing at their best. Sunbloom offer a full 10year warranty on workmanship while all other genuine solar companies offer only 5year warranty. Our dedicated customer service will promptly action your call and activate your service electrician. The primary role of our service electrician is to be on standby for any service work that is required.