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Don’t Let Your Roof Get Damaged When Adding Solar Panels

Any time you make a change to your roof or add solar panels, you’re penetrating your roof. Milholland Solar, Electric & Roofing explains how to avoid problems with your roof.

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Jordan: Anytime you make a change to your roof or add solar, you’re penetrating your roof. So Brian Milholland, from Milholland Solar, Electric and Roofing is here to explain what that really means and help you avoid some common problems. So thanks for being with me today.

Brian: Yeah, thanks for having me.

Jordan: So let’s just start with the basics. What is roofing penetration?

Brian: Well when we install solar on a roof, obviously we need to use some lag bolts to anchor that into the roof structure and we have to penetrate the material that protects your roof from water infiltration.

Jordan: We’re talking about putting holes in the roof essentially.

Brian: That’s basically, that’s what it is, yes.

Jordan: So you really want to make sure that you’re doing this correctly because holes in the roof, obviously everyone knows that means a leak.

Brian: Right, we use industry specific, solar specific, materials that have been engineered to go on the roof for the life of the system. So they need to be up there for 25 years, the life of the system. And they need to prevent water intrusion for that period of time. So there’s very specific ways that we install and very specific materials that we use to install on roofs and there’s lots of different roofs in San Diego. We have asphalt shingle roofs. We have concrete tile roof. We have clay tile roof. We have metal roofs, you name it. So we really need to be aware of the type of roofing we’re using and how to make that penetration watertight for 25 years.

Jordan: It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that if you’re going solar, you absolutely have to have a company and a team that is knowledgeable in both solar and roofing because otherwise you might run into some big problems.

Brian: Absolutely. And that’s why I got my roofing contractor’s license so that I could handle all of the roofing myself and there’s no finger pointing, right? There’s only one finger to point and it’s at me if something goes wrong on your roof when we’re doing solar.

Jordan: And I trust you’ll fix it.

Brian: Absolutely.

Jordan: So if someone has already gone solar, that means their roof has already been penetrated. What sort of problems should they look out for, just in case something had gone wrong?

Brian: Well an obvious one is when it rains and you see staining on your ceiling, that means that you have a water intrusion coming into your house. It may be a small stain but there may be a lot of water coming in and it just hasn’t gone anywhere yet. So you want to get your roof inspected to find out where that is before it becomes a bigger problem. It could lead to rot, mold, all kinds of problems.

Jordan: And any quick advice for those who haven’t gone solar yet? It seems like they should really pick a company that does roofing and solar.

Brian: Absolutely, having a pro that is an expert in all of those areas, including electrical is very important.

Jordan: Thanks so much Brian. When adding solar to your roof, it’s crucial to work with a contractor that is experienced with roofing and solar. Get started with Milholland Solar, Electric and Roofing today.