Going solar is a great long-term investment in your home and gives you control of your home’s energy but if you need roofing work or access to your roof, that same system can present some challenges. In this article, we go through some of the things to think about and who you need to talk to when removing and re-installing your solar system is needed.
Reasons to Remove and Reinstall:
– Roof Work: Roofs eventually need repair or replacement. Temporarily removing and reinstalling your solar panels is likely necessary to do this.
– Home Remodel: Many common renovations or additions to your home might require removing, re-installing and relocating solar panels.
– System Revitalization: If you have an older system, it may be time to evaluate what needs replacing.
Removing and Reinstalling – Things to think about
Age and Condition of Your System
If your system is relatively new, you may be able to reinstall it with little to no issues. If it’s older, some, or all, of the racking and mounting hardware may need to be replaced during removal and reinstall. Again, if your system is older, this could be a great time to revitalize and “re-energize” your system. Work with your installer to see if it can be better optimized, or, if your electric bills are creeping up, think about adding panels or a battery. If your system is very old, you may opt for investing in a new system and taking advantage of the latest technologies. A professional solar contractor can help you inspect your solar system and roof to determine your best options.
Work with a Reliable Solar Contractor
You know the panels need to be removed, so it’s important to hire a reliable solar contractor to handle the job. Contacting the original installer who designed and installed the system is a great start. However, this is not always an option. If yours is unavailable, don’t just settle for any solar contractor, do your research and read reviews from previous customers to find the best one in your area. You want to ensure that they are experienced with reinstallations and can provide quality workmanship that stays true to the original design of the system. Additionally, choose a contractor that has been around for several years and provides warranties on their work.
Reinstalling to Code
Removing and reinstalling solar panels requires technical knowledge of local city or county requirements, especially if you are removing your system for roofing work. Considering changing your roof type? You will likely need permits and inspectors to check the work. An experienced contractor like Baker will be able to help you navigate the process and make sure you comply with all building codes and will not void any lifetime product warranties. Your contractor should handle all of this paperwork and perform the work to code. Working with an experienced contractor is important to have confidence in a safe re-installation process.
Timing and Scheduling
Your solar system’s removal and reinstallation requires coordination. Scheduling during spring or summer months when the weather is pleasant and precipitation is minimal is ideal. However, you may need your project done immediately, especially if you need a new roof. Professional teams will minimize the downtime of your solar system and efficient planning ensures a swift removal and reinstallation, reducing disruption to your energy supply. That is why choosing a company like Baker which has over 24,000 customers in Southern California has the experience and expertise to make it a smooth process.
Cost and Investment Return
If you are considering adding panels or a home battery, doing it at the same time as you are considering removing and reinstalling your solar system for roof work is the most cost efficient path. Consider your current energy bills and the cost savings upgrades or a new and more efficient system will help you achieve. This will help you determine the return on investment of replacing your system now or in the future.
Removing and reinstalling rooftop solar systems can be a complicated process. With proper research and a reliable solar contractor, it can be accomplished quickly, safely and efficiently. By following the five essential factors we’ve discussed, you will be able to ensure that your rooftop solar panels are reinstalled safely and with ease. When choosing a solar contractor, remember that it’s important to select one with a proven track record and can honor the warranties they offer. By investing time and effort, you can determine whether to reinstall yo