It’s common for people to think that because solar panels are facing the sun, they should be extremely hot. However, solar panels aren’t made of highly conductive materials, so they don’t heat up. Also, the temperature of the roof surface underneath the solar panels does not necessarily become warmer. In fact, some experts say solar panels can even help cool your roof.
Learn more about this subject as trusted roofing contractor JAM Roofing shares more information in this post.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels or mirrors designed to concentrate solar radiation. This energy is then used to generate electricity that can be stored in batteries or thermal storage.
The panels must be placed in an area where they are directly exposed to sunlight so they can produce electricity more efficiently. Nevertheless, the panels don’t heat up while operating — they simply absorb the sun’s heat to generate electricity. That said, they won’t cause your roof temperature to rise, and may actually reduce the amount of heat that gets absorbed into your attic and living spaces. If you have more questions about the impact of solar panels on your roof, make sure to consult a roofing company that also specializes in solar roofing.
Prolonging Your Roof’s Life Span
Solar panels can also prolong your roof’s life span by cooling the roof down during the hottest summers. Asphalt shingle roofs suffer from shrinkage and blisters in extreme heat, and these issues can hasten roof wear and tear. With solar panels installed on your roof, you have an extra layer of protection that will prevent heat from damaging your shingles.
JAM Roofing is one of the most dependable roofing contractors you can find in the area. To request an estimate, call us at (541) 773-7663 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Medford, Grants Pass and other areas in Oregon.