How to Replace a Roof with Solar Panels

How to Replace a Roof with Solar Panels

Getting a new roof for your home is a major investment and a huge project. Adding additional challenges or processes to it will only make the process even more involved. If you have solar panels on your roof, you will need to go through at least two extra steps to replace your roof. If you do not already have solar panels, then try to replace your roof before you install them. However, if this is not an option, don’t worry. This happens more often than not.

Solar panels last 20-25 years; however, they can last a lot longer, sometimes outlasting the roof they were initially installed on. No matter what your situation is, knowing how to replace a roof with already existing solar panels is valuable knowledge and comes with an answer that is easier than you think. 

6 Steps to Replace Your Roof with Solar Panels

  • Contact Your Rooftop Solar Installer

The first thing you need to do is contact your solar panels installer. They will need to know about your roof replacement so they can remove your solar panels. 

  • Remove Your Solar Panels

It is best to have the original solar installation company deal with your solar panels. This will keep them from being accidentally damaged and voiding any warranties if you decide to try it on your own.  

  • Secure Your Solar Panels

After your solar panels have been removed, they need to be placed in a secure place. Preferably, this new spot will be a safe distance from your roof replacement, such as a garage or shed. Just make sure they are not left outside on your porch or front lawn. 

  • Remove Roofing Material

Once the solar panels are safe and secure, your roof installers will start removing your old roof. Roof removal causes a lot of debris, so be careful if you are observing the work being done. 

  • Replace Your Roof

After your old roof is removed, the installer will start the re-roofing process. The length of this process varies and will depend on the size of your roof as well as the roofing materials used. Your roofing company should be able to give you a good estimate of how long it will take. 

  • Re-Install Your Solar Panels

When the roof replacement is completed, your solar installers will re-install the solar panels on your new roof. This also includes reconnecting your solar panels up to the utility grid and solar batteries if you have them. 

Just because you have a solar panel system on your roof does not mean you cannot have repairs, or a replacement done. The first thing you need to do is get an inspection of your roof to see if you even need a replacement. Tesson Roofing & Exteriors, LLC would be happy to perform an assessment of your roof. If you need a new roof and have solar panels, we will work side-by-side with your solar panel installer to ensure everything is completed properly. To learn more about roof replacement with existing solar panels, contact Tesson Roofing & LLC today at (314) 937-1042. We would be happy to answer any question you may have!