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How Does A Poorly Installed Solar Roof Affect Your Home?

Key Takeaways: 

  • A weak roof can cause more damage than you can think, especially if you go solar.
  • From water leaks to structural damage, a roof must be reinforced before solar panels are installed. That will help to avoid future problems.
  • To examine the damage, check for leaks, gaps, and cracks in your roof.
  • When in doubt, always ask a professional to help avoid costly repairs down the line.

The greatness of our homes is not only in their design and architecture but also in how they can keep us safe and comfortable. If you want a solar roof, you are obviously willing to have it installed due to its many benefits. But what happens when your house’s main roof is weak, compromised, and not properly fixed?

Without scaring you, let’s just say that the consequences could be catastrophic. A solar roof is a significant investment, and you want to ensure that it lasts many years. Can-Am Roofing of Central Florida, LLC. will discuss signs that your solar-equipped roof is incorrectly installed and its many dangers. 

Let’s begin.

Signs Your Solar Roof Is Not Installed Properly 

1. There are visible gaps between the panels.

Upon inspection or observing the solar panels from the ground, you might notice visible gaps between each panel. The extremes of the temperature (hot and cold) can cause the boards to expand and contract, exacerbating any gaps that were initially present. These gaps let in water and moisture, which can rust the solar frames and lead to severe problems.

1. There are visible gaps between the panels.

2. The panels are not level with each other.

If you’re wondering how you could know such intricate detail, it’s pretty simple. Check for any visible gaps between the panels (as discussed in point one). If there are, the panels have most likely shifted and are no longer level with each other. 

3. The panels are not flush with the roof.

This is probably the most dangerous sign of a poorly installed solar system. If the panels are not flush with the ceiling, there is a chance that they could come loose and fall, which would be a considerable safety hazard.

4. There are exposed wires or connections.

Upon physically observing the system, you should check if there are any exposed wires or connections in your solar roof. If there are, this is a clear sign that the installation was lousy and that your system is not up to code.

5. The panels are cracked or damaged.

It’s possible that the solar company installed the panels correctly but damaged them in transit or during the installation process. If you notice any cracked or damaged panels, you should contact the company immediately and ask for a replacement.

6. The system is not producing enough power.

You must have received a manual when your solar system was installed. This manual will tell you how much power your system should be producing. If it’s not meeting these expectations, then there’s a problem.

7. The system is not compatible with your home’s electrical system.

This is a technical issue that can only be determined by a professional. Suppose you notice any problems with your system, such as flickering lights or electrical surges. In that case, you should contact a qualified electrician. Such issues may arise due to poor installation of your roof and the heavy panels on it.

The Dangers Of A Poorly Installed Solar Roof 

Poorly installed solar roofs can lead to fires.

Believe it or not, the danger of a poor solar installation can be drastic. And yes, this includes a threat as severe as a house fire. Platforms have been known to collapse from the weight of solar panels. Wires can become frayed and cause sparks that can lead to a fire.

Water damage in your home

Water damage is still a considerable risk factor for solar installations despite being precisely related to electrocution. Since panels are present on your roof, any water damage that occurs to your roof can also affect them. 

Poor solar installation can void your home insurance policy.

You hold all the power when it comes to your home insurance policy. If your solar company has not done an excellent job, you will likely void your home insurance policy. If anything happens to your solar panels, you will not be covered. 

Compromised home value 

Your equity is essential, and a poorly installed solar system can affect it. While a solar system can increase the value of your home, a shoddy installation job can decrease its overall value. You may not be able to sell your home for as much as you could have with a higher quality installation. 

It can be injurious to your family.

Imagine coming home to find that your solar panels have come crashing down onto your car. Or, what if they were to fall on someone walking by your property? These are both real possibilities if your solar panels are not installed correctly. Not only can this damage your belongings, but it can also injure or kill someone. This is a significant safety hazard that you need to be aware of. 

It can cause legal issues.

There are clear-cut guidelines on how solar panels installation. You could open up to legal trouble if you do not follow these guidelines. This can be extremely hazardous in case of an accident, as you could be held liable. 

Money problems down the road.

Your wealth is a precious commodity, and you don’t want to throw it away on subpar installation work. A poorly done solar job can mean your solar panels will not be as effective and need replacing sooner. This means more money out of your pocket in the long run. 

Ending Note:

Suppose you’re considering a solar installation. In that case, it’s essential to be aware of the potential consequences if it’s not done correctly. A poorly installed solar roof can cause several problems for your home, from decreased efficiency and performance to severe damage that could cost thousands of dollars to repair. That’s why it’s crucial to choose a qualified and experienced contractor who will take the time to do the job right. 

Solar Roof in Melbourne, FL

Can-Am Roofing of Central Florida, LLC., serving Melbourne, FL, is a certified solar roofing contractor with the experience and expertise to ensure your solar installation is done correctly. We specialize in solar roof installations, as well as roof repairs and replacements, so you can be calm knowing that your home is in good hands. Get a free estimate now.