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Will Solar Panels Void My Roof Warranty?

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If you're considering getting solar panels for your home, you may wonder whether these panels will invalidate any existing warranties on your roof. Many homeowners worry that installing solar panels will void their existing roof warranty. Let’s look at the warranties (roofing and solar).

Roofing Warranty

Roofing warranties are typically based on the material used in your roof's construction and offer protection against defects or problems that may occur due to poor craftsmanship or faulty materials. 

With a manufacturer's warranty, you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment in your home is protected. 

The roofing warranty protects against potential issues and signals the manufacturer's confidence in their product. By choosing a roofing material with a strong warranty, you can be confident that your roof will last for years to come.

Solar Panel Warranty

Solar panel warranties offer protection against defects in the materials used to construct the panels and against any malfunctions or problems that may occur due to faulty installation. A solar panel manufacturer warranty typically covers part and labor costs for up to a specified period (often 10-25 years). The length of the warranty and the level of coverage will vary depending on the manufacturer.

Do Solar Panels Void Roof Warranties?

The good news is that in most cases, installing solar panels will not void your roof warranty. 

As long as your installer follows the roofing manufacturer's instructions, your roof warranty should remain intact. 

It's important to note, however, that damaging the materials of your roof, such as drilling holes, may not be covered under the warranty. This means that it's crucial to choose a reputable installer who will take the necessary precautions to avoid any potential damage to your roof. By doing so, you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy without worrying about sacrificing your warranty.

5 Questions to ask before getting solar panels

  • What is the roofing manufacturer's warranty?
  • Will I need to make any modifications or additions to my roof for the panels to be installed?
  • Is the solar panel installation process covered under the manufacturer's warranty?
  • Who will be responsible for any issues that arise as a result of the installation process?
  • What kind of maintenance will be required to keep my roof and solar panels in good condition?

By knowing the answers to these questions, you can better understand your roof warranty and the solar panel installation process. This will help ensure you get the most out of your home's energy efficiency without compromising quality or safety.

Final thoughts

It's clear to see that installing solar panels doesn't automatically void existing roof warranties; however, it's essential to do your research before investing in a solar panel system. 

Make sure to read the roofing and solar panel warranty documents carefully, and be aware of any potential modifications or additions for proper installation. By doing so, you can rest assured knowing that your roof is protected and that you'll enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency for years to come.

At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.