By Evelyn Witterholt.
In a recent article for PV Magazine, S-5!’s Founder Rob Haddock highlights the many benefits of mounting solar panel systems onto metal roofs. Not only is metal roofing one of the most sustainable types of roofing, but Rob also says that the cost of installing solar panels is actually lower when it’s done on metal roofs.
“Metal roofing provides an ideal platform for mounting rooftop solar as it is the only roof type with a service life (in the range of 50 to 70 years) that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV system,” he writes. “Most alternative roofing types will expire long before the life of the PV system, leading to costly disassembly of the PV array, re-roofing and re-assembly.”
Another element Rob says home and building owners should consider is the return on investment (ROI) for a metal roof with a solar system. If an owner decides to install a solar, sometimes they discover a new roof is necessary to support this new system. According to Rob, the initial cost of a metal and solar system can be lower than other types of roofs and the lifetime cost is even lower when you consider the longevity of metal roofing.
“The metal roof avoids replacement due to its long service life,” Rob writes. “The roof will still be going strong long after the service life of the solar array has expired.”
Read the entire article to learn more about metal roofs and solar panel systems.
Evelyn works as a writer for RoofersCoffeeShop, MetalCoffeeShop and AskARoofer. When she isn’t writing about roofing, she’s either at the gym lifting weights or curled up on the couch watching a movie.
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