Now that California has become the first state in the nation to require newly built homes to have rooftop solar panels, now might be the perfect time to have solar panels installed on the roof of your own home. The new law that went into effect on January 1st of this year only requires newly constructed homes to have rooftop solar panels installed, but having solar panels installed in your existing home is still a great way to lower your carbon footprint, make your home more energy-efficient, and lower your utility bills over time.
As efficient as rooftop solar panels can be for your home, it’s still not wise to have them installed without a roof inspection first. Even though you can probably expect a solar company to make sure that your roof can handle new solar panels, that’s almost certainly all you can expect of them. Their job is to install the solar panels and make sure that they will work effectively. Meanwhile, you will still be responsible for the state of your roof, just like you are responsible for the rest of your home. A roof inspection can ensure that everything is in good condition. Here are just some reasons to consider scheduling one.
Tile Roofing Deterioration
Many homes in California have tile roofs that are designed to last for a long time, but the moisture barrier underneath the tile can often deteriorate without your knowledge. If the barrier has dried out and become brittle, a team installing solar panels could damage it and leave your roof vulnerable to leaking. Roof inspections in Sacramento and the surrounding areas can detect this issue and make the necessary repairs before you have any new solar panels installed.
Asphalt Roof and Missing Shingles
Asphalt shingles can last for a long time and provide plenty of protection to your roof, but they can become dry and brittle after years of being in the hot sun. This is especially true of older roofs that haven’t been replaced or repaired recently. If you don’t want your shingles to crack and fall apart during your solar panel installation, hire a professional to inspect and replace your shingles first.
Roof Inspections for Northern California and San Diego Area Homeowners and Realtors
While having solar panels installed in your roof is a great way to make your home more environmentally-friendly, you don’t want to risk damaging your roof in the process. HomeGuard Incorporated performs roof inspections in Novato, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose and the surrounding areas, so don’t hesitate to contact us for roof inspections in San Diego or wherever your home might be located.