Fix your roof before installing solar PV

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: EnergyExteriorRoofing

Leakmaster Roofing has been successfully working with the major solar companies since 1990, to ensure that your roof will not leak during or after the installation of your new PV panels. Here are the main things you need to look out for.

Make sure your roof lasts as long as your PV panels do, which are typically warranted for 20+ years. Leakmaster can install roofing systems that are warranted against leaks by the manufacturer for that length of time. These include all material and labor to stop your leak, even 19 years after the original installation.

Be sure your roofer will waterproof before, during and after the solar install. Typically, Leakmaster installs the roof before the solar company arrives. After the company makes its roof penetrations, Leakmaster will come by to waterproof those. After the roofers leave the job, Leakmaster will do a final inspection to touch up any scuff marks and to water test the new roof.

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If you have a Monier tile roof, you may want to replace the section under the new solar panels with a walkable roof deck instead. That way, in the future you won’t have a bunch of broken tiles near your new solar.

Solar PV panels produce 5 percent more electricity when installed over a cool, reflective roof versus a dark roof. Heat is the enemy of solar PV. Choose lighter colors and save.

Your AC costs are reduced by an average of 22 percent with a cool roof. You may be able to get by with a smaller PV system, or use the excess energy to power your electric car.

Make sure your roofer has been licensed at least as long as the warranties he is selling. If the roofer is issuing a 20 year warranty, has the roofer’s company even been around that long? Call the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or the Contractor’s Licensing Board to find out.

Leakmaster Roofing is happy to see your site and give you a free estimate to either repair or replace your existing roof before you install solar. That way, you will be sure that your roof lasts as long as your new solar panels.

LEAKMASTER ROOFING
contact // 591-1900
address // 575 Cooke St.
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