Protect Your Roof When Installing PV Mounts
Over the last few years, Murakami’s Roofing has seen a dramatic increase in homeowners installing solar PV systems. It’s great to save on energy costs by taking advantage of Hawaii’s sunny climate, but make sure that PV systems are installed properly so your roof and home are not damaged.
Clinton Murakami, who has 25 years of roofing experience, offers tips to avoid compromising the watertightness of your roof or otherwise damaging your home by making sure PV mounts are properly installed.
Monier tile, asphalt shingle and metal roofs
Different types of roofing materials require specific installation methods to ensure proper installation. For example, if you have Monier tiles, Clinton has seen a number of PV installers using aluminum clips. It’s better to use stainless-steel bolts that are stronger to avoid having tiles “kick up,” which creates space between the tiles and allows rain to seep in and cause roof damage.
For asphalt shingles, sometimes the shingles are not properly overlapped into the PV flashing, leaving spaces between the shingle and the mounting. When shingles don’t overlap the flashing adequately, water may seep in the space and cause roof damage.
Metal roofs need to have the PV bolted directly to the roofing surface, so your choice of a quality sealant is critical.
It makes sense to call Murakami’s Roofing at 348-8270 to get your roof checked out since Hawaii has already had a few storms come its way. The inspection is free and done by a roofing professional, who will provide a written estimate.
Checking your roof now is a great way to protect your home during hurricane season. Murakami’s will also make a recommendation for how PV systems should be installed, making sure they are attached solidly and without compromising watertightness.
Mounts anchored in plywood are no match for hurricane-force winds.
Breathe easy and get your roof checked by calling today. Murakami’s Roofing continues to build confidence into every roof.
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