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Do I need to replace my roof before the solar panels are installed?

Solar panels will last many years (over 25). Because of this, you want the roof to be in decent condition, as it does not make sense to remove and reinstall the panels after only a few years. One option if you have a limited budget is to replace the roof directly below where the solar panels will be placed.

 

Solar panels will last many years (over 25). Because of this, you want the roof to be in decent condition, as it does not make sense to remove and reinstall the panels after only a few years.  One option if you have a limited budget is to replace the roof directly below where the solar panels will be placed.

Once the panels are in place, they will greatly reduce the wear on the roof by blocking ultraviolet rays, keeping most snow and ice off the roof, and preventing anything from directly impacting the roof.

Generally, most installations do not require a new roof prior to solar electric installation. In order to qualify for Energy Trust Incentives; however, adequate roof life is required. Talk to an Energy Trust of Oregon Trade Ally for more details.

 
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