17aAre you a Tampa homeowner who is considering solar panels for your roof? If so, you may be wondering whether or not a roof replacement is needed before installing them. Here are some things you should know about installing solar panels on your roof that will help you decide.

Solar Panel Inspection

A typical solar system has a load of between three and four pounds per square foot of roof area. This is less than a single layer of shingles, meaning that doing a roof replacement or adding reinforcements is usually not needed. Even so, you should still have an inspection done ahead of time by a reputable company like Imperial Roofing Contractor to ensure your roof is structurally sound and does not need repairs.

A few things a roofing contractor should check include:

  • Missing, Broken, or Damaged Shingles
  • Leaks
  • Damaged Eaves or Rafters
  • Missing or Torn Flashing


If any of these problems are noticed, you should have them fixed before attempting to install solar panels; otherwise, the effectiveness of your solar system could be compromised.
While repairs or a total roof replacement may not be needed, you should also keep in mind that most solar panels can be expected to last between 20 and 25 years. As such, you should think about the age of your roof and how difficult it might be to replace it after adding solar panels. If your roof has only a short lifespan left, you may be better off going ahead and replacing it now.

Miscellaneous Items

bigstockphoto_House_57893editedOne important thing you will need to do before installing solar is to check out the placement of your trees. Trim away any tree branches that overhang or cast shade on the roof so your solar panels can receive the maximum amount of sunlight possible. You may also need to relocate satellite dishes, antennas, roof vents, or any other sort of roof fittings that may interfere with the design of your system, as well.

Imperial Roofing is a three-generation family-owned roofing company that has obtained a number of certifications over the years. We are committed to helping Tampa homeowners just like you who are interested in solar panels. Contact Imperial Roofing to schedule an inspection before you have solar installed on your roof.

Roof Replacement