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Are solar panels bad for your roof?

Investing in solar panels can save you money, help you use less energy from the grid, and help the environment, but do solar panels cause roof damage? Here’s what you need to know before deciding whether to say yes to solar.

How Are Solar Panels Installed?

Most solar panels attach directly to your home using bolts that go through the roofing material and into the attic. Secure installation is critical to prevent them from detaching and falling or from getting pulled loose during high winds or extreme weather.

Can Solar Panel Installation Lead to Roof Damage?

There is always potential for roof damage with solar panel installation. The holes drilled through the shingles and into the attic can lead to water leaks if not properly sealed. Water under your roofing material means water in your home, which can result in mold and mildew and an increased chance for more leaks. Additionally, damage to the shingles or tiles on your roof can occur when drilling holes for the panel support.

What to Do if You Have Roof Damage

Some minor damage to your roof isn’t generally a reason to dismiss the idea of adding solar to your home. A reliable roofing company can easily inspect your roof after installation and assess any damage. Or, if your roof has developed issues years after solar install, a roofing company is the right source for repair.

Before you invest in solar, or if you have solar and have concerns about roof damage, reach out to the team at Premiere Roofing. Their experts can perform a complete inspection and give you a free estimate on any repairs.

 

How Clogged Gutters Can Affect the Integrity of Your Home’s Foundation

Could clogged gutters affect the integrity of your home’s foundation? When homeowners think of foundation damage, they usually look to the ground around their house, but your gutters could be the cause. Here’s how.

Your Gutter’s Job

The primary job of your gutter is to catch water from storms and direct it down and away from your house. The system of gutters that travel across your roofline and down the sides of your home function together to make sure the water doesn’t pool next to your foundation. A dry foundation is critical to maintaining its integrity.

What Happens When Gutters Get Clogged?

Clogged gutters might seem far away from your home’s foundation, so how could they affect it? When gutters clog, water flows over the edge and down to the ground without direction. When the water flows freely instead of away from your home, it can lead to water sitting next to or seeping into your foundation, leading to pressure that can cause the concrete to crack and buckle. A crack in your foundation can affect the structural integrity of your home.

How to Prevent Clogged Gutters

Keeping gutters clear is the best way to prevent damage to your foundation from overflowing. Preventing clogs includes:

  • Clean debris out of the gutters seasonally
  • Trim trees and bushes to prevent buildup
  • Inspect gutters for breaks, cracks, or damage

If you have issues with your gutters, whether clogged or damaged, talk to a reliable roofing professional to prevent damage to your foundation before it starts. Reach out to Premiere Roofing to find out more.

 

 

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