With over a half a million solar panels installed across Queensland, we are getting more and more customers asking us questions about solar and their roof. In this blog post, James the owner of Brisbane Roofing Solutions, answers all your frequently asked questions when it comes to roofing & solar panels.
Roof Restoration & New Solar Panel Installation
Restoring your roof and installing solar panels should be carried out in a two-part process.
First, the solar installation company should come in and install the solar brackets on the roof.
After this, we will then carry out the roof restoration works that are required. Once all works are complete the solar company will install the solar panels. This reduces the amount of work that needs to be carried out after the roof restoration to minimise the risk of any damage that may occur. Additionally, it is important to carry out roofing works prior to installing panels to ensure that the roof is secure before installation.
Roof Restoration With Existing Solar Panels
You can absolutely restore your roof even if you already have solar installed.
There are two options.
Option 1 is to have the solar panels removed by an electrician and we will then carry out the roof restoration. This is a more costly option as this requires the services of an electrician to remove and reinstall the panels.
Option 2 the panels can be left on the roof throughout the restoration process. In this case, our team will mask up the panels to ensure no paint gets on the panels and we will paint as far under the solar panels as possible. Aesthetically speaking, you won’t be able to tell that the panels have not been fully painted.
Can the roofing team remove the solar panels or do I have to arrange for someone else to remove them?
The removal of solar panels requires the expertise of a qualified electrician.
Although our roofing team can’t remove the solar panels for you, we do have a qualified electrician who we can recommend. Our friendly office staff are happy to arrange a quote for removal & re-installation and can co-ordinate all works with the electrician as well. This makes it a stress-free process for you!
How Soon Can Solar Panels Go Back On My Roof After The Restoration?
We typically recommend waiting 12 hours before installing or re-installing panels. This is to ensure the membrane coatings have been fully cured before installers walk over the roof. While the roof coatings are safe to walk on prior to this, it is best to wait to ensure that no dents or damage occurs to the fresh paint coatings.
If you are thinking of installing solar on your roof be sure to contact us to carry out a roof inspection prior to installing! It is important to ensure your roof is watertight and secure before installing panels to avoid costly removals and repair work in the future.