Do solar panels on roof cause roof maintenance issues?

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Old 06-24-15, 09:18 AM
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Question Do solar panels on roof cause roof maintenance issues?

Hi DIY forumgoers,

We just bought a new detached home in Ontario, Canada. 5-year old house, faces south, nice neighbourhood. But our province's energy prices are among some of the highest in the country.

So, we'd like to install some solar panels onto our roof (and eventually hook it up to a Tesla Powerwall). But my question is- does the presence of solar panels on a roof cause roof maintenance issues? After all, shingles need to be replaced every 10-12 years, and other roofing issues might crop up. I just don't want to find myself in a situation where the roofers charge us a premium for working around solar panel installations, which would negate any cost savings made from having the panels.
 
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Everything needs maintenance so yes, solar panels can get in the way of routine roof maintenance. You also have the concern with all the holes drilled through the roof to mount the panels. So, there is a price to pay for mounting them on the roof.
 
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Shingles every 10-12 years? Yikes!
 
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Ice and snow could also be a concern. Do you have enough property to install a free standing panel arrangement?

I have no idea what is happening in CA, but some states down here are getting concerned about homes generating their own power. It's a case that once too many people break away from the grid, who pays for all of that infrastructure? Some are charging large up front fees (Hawaii) and others are billing a monthly charge for YOU owning a solar system. It may not be in place now, but it is something to be aware of. Basically, you may want to shorten your payback cycle.

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Bud9051- I wish that were an option, but I don't think our province allows free-standing panels on residential property. And even if they were, we get a lot of shadows in the areas surrounding our house. I see what you're saying about the utility companies and making homeowner foot the bill for infrastructure costs. It's something we're definitely considering.

the_tow_guy- I know... but the winter weather is really rough shingles, here in Ontario. It sucks.

Pilot Dane- I figured that might be an issue. I'll try to find out what options exist for panels that are easier to remove.
 
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