Solar power: it’s a total ray of sunshine with climbing energy bills and climate concerns. Installing solar panels is one of the best investments you can make, both for your wallet and for the planet.

But one aspect about solar panels that’s often overlooked is the thing your solar panels are mounted onto: your roof.

The bottom line is, if your roof isn’t healthy enough, there’s no real point installing solar panels, because this will just cause further, costlier problems in the future.

Here’s what you need to know before installing rooftop solar panels, brought to you by the team at Royce Roofing:

How much money do solar panels save you?

In general, solar panels save you around $400 per kW per year. Let’s say you install a 6kW solar panel system – you’re probably saving around $2400 per year on electricity. Pretty sweet, right?

What to do before installing rooftop solar panels

Before you get to that point where you actually look forward to opening up your power bills in the mail, you’ve got to make sure your roof is in good enough condition to support the installation of solar panels. Here are the main ways to ensure this:

  • Get a roof inspection before installing solar panels
    Get a professional to take a look at your roof before installing solar panels. At Royce Roofing, we do pre-solar inspections all the time. We search for leaks, cracks, potential damage and we also do a thorough investigation of the area where your solar panels will be installed.
  • Clean your roof
    Cleaning your roof after solar panels have been installed is a right pain. You’ve got to remove the panels and put them back on again, costing you extra to call the solar panel company out to your house. That’s why we always recommend getting a high-pressure clean before installing solar panels on your roof.
  • Restore or replace your roof if necessary
    If you were thinking about restoring or replacing your roof in the near future, it’s best to get that done before your solar panels are installed. Again, you don’t want to be installing solar panels on a roof that needs maintenance, or a roof that’s unsafe to do work on!
  • Check the gutters
    To ensure your solar panels aren’t affected by rainwater pool-ups, make sure you check the gutters and get them professionally cleaned before the panels are installed.

Kiss goodbye those nauseatingly expensive power bills and get solar panels! To organise a pre-solar inspection, get in touch with Royce Roofing. We make sure your roof is all A1 and good to go before your solar panel team gets to work. Royce Roofing have over 300 years’ combined experience in the field, so there’s absolutely nothing we can’t do. Get in touch with the legends at Royce Roofing for a competitively priced job of the highest quality.