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Solar power

is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, save money on the electric bill and earn money back on your overall investment. It is also an ideal way to help increase property value, boost energy independence and protect the environment. If you are ready to demonstrate your readiness to have a sustainable form of clean energy at your home, you might wonder how solar power panels will affect your roof.

Before a solar panel installation

it’s a good idea to have a licensed, professional roofer come out for a roof inspection. A roofing specialist can alert you to weakened areas of a roof or will let you know if you need repair work or if it is time for a new roof. In 2018, homeowners can receive the solar tax credit that will allow a 30% deduction on the cost of installing a solar system when they file federal taxes. This credit started in 2015 and has been extended for 2018 filers. A new roof is a qualifier for the tax credit as the roof must be in good condition for installation of the solar panels. (source: SheltonRoofing.com)

With a new roof

or with minor roof repairs ahead of the solar panel installation, homeowners are well on their way to extending the life of a roof even before the panels are ever installed. Most roofing companies offer a 25-year (or longer) warranty on a new roof, and solar panel installers are not going to do anything that will jeopardize that warranty as a new roof is an expensive endeavor and not something that a solar company wants to worry about replacing over a simple mistake. For this reason, installation crew members are going to be extremely careful when working with the panels on a roof.

Tom Masters (Independent Journalist)