With utility bills and insurance rates going up, metal roofing is becoming a very attractive alternative to asphalt shingles. Metal roofs already command a big energy and maintenance saving advantage over traditional roofing systems. If you want to add solar, metal is definitely the better way to go.
Increased Utility Savings
A metal roof can already save you on utilities by reflecting heat away from the home or business. Adding solar panels to a metal roof allows you to harvest some of that solar energy, possibly enough to sell back to the grid. The part of the roof not covered in solar still does its reflective job while the rest brings in more power than you need.
Metal roofing material can be composed of recycled metal and, if and when it must be removed can, itself, be recycled again. A metal roof is also the best type to have when harvesting rainwater. Water shed from a metal roof contains much less debris than from an asphalt shingle roof. All you need to do is transfer it to your lawn and plants.
Fastening solar panels to your metal roof won’t deter you from your water harvesting lifestyle.
Increased Ability to Update Older Buildings
Metal roofing, with all its variety of colors and textures, is ideal for updating older buildings or to keep the roof in compliance with the rest of the neighborhood or campus. Metal paneling can easily mimic any type of roofing material from asphalt shingles to shake.
The use of metal panels then makes is extremely easy to add solar panels with a low silhouette.
A metal roof can last 50 years or more. Many solar panels are rated for 25 years. A traditional roof would need to be torn out from under the solar panels and replaced within 10, well before the life-cycle of the solar panels is over. This makes a metal roof even more cost effective if you plan to go solar in the future. Your roof can still outlast panels installed at a later date.
With a traditional roof, solar panel installation can cause defects in the roofing materials leading to a shorter life and possible interior damage to your home or building. A roof replacement or repair would be inevitable.
Metal roofs and solar panels are a match made in heaven. Metal is the perfect material to fasten solar panels to and creates the most robust roof you will ever have.