#20 - Solar Panel Installation on Metal Roofing | Todd Miller

#20 – Solar Panel Installation on Metal Roofing

February 23, 2017 | Filed under: Metal Roofing 101 Series, Roofing Help Videos

Metal roofs provide a great base for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels. Fact is, the solar panels may last longer than a shorter life roofing system will. You do not want to have to someday remove the solar panels so that you can install a new roof.

If you buy a metal roof and plan to install solar in the future, there are decisions you can make now which will make that process easier in the future. For example, a true standing seam roof in the areas where you plan to install solar will allow the solar panels to be installed by locking them onto the roof seams with no fasteners penetrating the roof. Other types of metal roofs, though, including the various metal shingles, can have solar panels installed on them as well.

If you install a metal shingle roof in the areas where you plan to install a solar array, you should inquire as to whether foam backers are available for installation beneath the metal shingles, providing greater rigidity for the solar installers. Our company does have instructions for installing solar panels on metal shingle roofs. Feel free to contact us for those.

2 responses to “#20 – Solar Panel Installation on Metal Roofing”

  1. Chad Tennant says:

    Hello. I left a message before but didn’t hear back from you.

    Please help me understand if there is an option to put solar panels on my rustic shingle metal roof. Something that won’t void my warranty.

    • toddmiller says:

      Hi there. I am sorry for whatever happened previously that I did not get you an answer. Yes, traditional PV panels can be mounted on Rustic Shingle. We have a couple of prescribed methods that I will email you. It does not void the warranty on the product but we certainly can’t warrant a penetration in the roof if it’s not done properly by the local installer.

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