One of the most popular roofing types in Kansas and Missouri is metal roofing, and one of the most common concerns for homeowners installing solar power equipment is if the installer can put solar panels on metal roofing. This is important to know because having incompatible roofing types means you may have to wait to get your solar installation until you replace your roofing material with a different type.
We’re going to take a look at whether or not solar panels can be installed onto metal roofing. We’ll also look at some of the other popular roofing types and solar installations that are commonly seen in our area. In the end, we’ll talk about where you can turn if you need to have a trusted local company put solar panels on your metal roof.
Can I Install Solar Panels on Metal Roofing?
The good news is that solar panels can be installed on metal roofing. In fact, installing solar panels onto metal roofing is one of the most common ways for residents of Kansas and Missouri to have their systems installed. Metal roofing is such a prevalent material in our region, that solar panel manufacturers would be making a significant mistake by making solar mounts incompatible with one of our most common material choices for homeowners to roof their homes.
There are relatively few differences between installing a solar system on a metal roof versus installing one on a roof with conventional asphalt shingles, or many other roofing materials. One of the biggest differences, however, is that solar installations on metal roofing will require different mountings and footings than installations on other types of roofing. All this means is that due to the unique roofing profile of metal roofing, the solar panel mounting system needs to be able to attach properly.
Other Ways Solar Panels Can Be Installed
There are two other common ways that solar power systems are installed for local residents. The first way is onto a conventional asphalt shingle roof or other types of roofing material. The second way is to use a freestanding or ground mount to hold the panels at the right angle.
Solar panels can also be installed onto other roofing systems, and one of the most popular materials in our region other than metal roofing is the asphalt shingle. This is a popular choice due to its affordability and compatibility with most roof-mounted systems. The only difference between mounting a homeowner’s panels on shingles or metal roofing is the type of mounts that are needed to secure the panels to the roof itself. Using the wrong mounts can lead to insecure installation or roofing problems.
Freestanding Ground Mounts
In some situations, particularly where older or historic buildings are involved, using a ground mount can help keep the original roofing intact and unaffected, while the home reaps the benefits of solar power. Ground mounts can also be designed to be adjustable and to track the sun in some installations, boosting efficiency and power generation.
Barrett Can Help You Plan Your Expert Installation
If it’s time to get the ball rolling on a solar installation for your metal roof, Barrett is here to provide you with all of the information you’ll need to make the right decision for you. Whether you need someone to install solar panels on metal roofing, or just have some questions about solar in general, reach out today and speak with an expert member of our team.