Solar Panels and Metal RoofsMarch 16, 2023

Can you install solar panels on a metal roof?

Environmental sustainability will always be a hot topic. Since metal is the most sustainable roofing material, it only makes sense to wonder about installing solar panels on a metal roof. While there are some things to consider, the answer is YES; you can put solar panels on a metal roof.

The life expectancy of metal roofs vs. solar panels

This is a big concern for those considering solar panels. What happens when the roof needs to be replaced?  Luckily, both solar panels and metal roofs have long life expectancies. Solar panels typically last anywhere from 25-30 years and metal roofs can last anywhere from 30-70 years. Shingle roofs need to be replaced every 10-15 years, which is something to consider if you want to purchase solar panels.

Which panel profile can you install solar panels on?

Standing seam metal panels are the preferred choice for solar panels. These panels don’t require any additional holes to attach the solar panels. Solar panels can be applied to other panel profiles, but likely need to be fastened using fasteners. Although not required, consider putting your solar panels on lighter color metal roofs. This will maximize your energy efficiency. Lighter colors roofs reflect 55-90% of sunshine.

Other benefits:

  • Both metal roofs and solar panels increase your home’s value!
  • Both metal roofs and solar panels are low maintenance.
  • Solar Panel tax credits will help with the initial cost.
  If you have any questions about installing solar panels on your metal roof, please contact Roofing Technical Services.

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