Roofing is a major investment so you’ll want it to stay protected for years. It’s also essential to your home’s protection against harsh temperatures and weather extremes. Homeowners who are considering installing solar panels often wonder if it will void their roof’s warranty.
Read on to discover if a solar installation can void your roof warranty.
Will a Solar Installation Void a Roofing Warranty?
Installing solar panels shouldn’t void your roof’s warranty if the racking system is installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Pitched shingle roofs are the most common type of residential roof. A good installation of racking for these systems should include flashing and waterproofing to prevent water penetration.
Consult your roofer if the warranty for your roof is still valid before starting with your solar installation. They will advise you if a solar installation by another company will void the warranty as well as the precautions the solar installer needs to make to prevent voiding the warranty.
Your roofing contractor would want to know if the footings are mechanically attached to the roof and what method will be used to waterproof the penetration. The roof should be strong enough to handle the added weight of solar panels and their racking system and margin for snow and wind.
How Can the Wrong Contractor Void Your Warranty
Your roof warranty will only become invalid by a solar installation of the installer didn’t install it properly and followed the manufacturer’s guidelines. Carelessness when working on the roof can lead to damage like cracked tiles or a compromised roofing membrane. Using incorrect fasteners to attach footings to the roof and a low-quality racking system that doesn’t include waterproofing features can also void your warranty.
JAM Roofing is the area’s leading roofing company. Whether you need a new roof, re-roofing or gutter installation, you can count on us. Call us at (541) 773-7663 or fill out our online form to get a free quote. We work with homeowners in Medford and Grant Pass, OR, as well as areas around Oregon