A Guide to Maintaining a Metal Roof with Solar Panels

A metal roof can withstand just about anything. Even more so when you add solar panels on top.

But this alone doesn’t make them maintenance-free. You can’t just forget your metal roof and solar panels exist and expect them to run on their own.

You have to actively care for a metal roof with solar panels for them to continue to serve you effectively for years. Remember, maintenance is an investment, not an extra cost.

Today we’re going to go over what you need to do to maintain your roof and keep them looking good for years to come.


Inspection and Cleaning Basics

Use binoculars or a ladder to inspect the physical condition of the roof and solar panels. Look out for any corrosion, dirt, or damage to the metal and solar panels. It’s crucial to perform annual cleanings of the solar panels and metal roofs to prevent dirt and grime build-up.

Use a soft-bristled brush, mild detergent, and cool, clean water to gently scrub off any dirt and debris from the surfaces. Keep in mind to avoid using any harsh acids or caustic solutions and never power wash a metal roof or its solar panels. If anything appears damaged or beyond repair, contact a professional metal roofer or solar technician.

Temperature Control Steps

Temperature control is one of the major factors when it comes to maintaining a metal roof with solar panels, as both temperature and direct sunlight can affect its integrity and performance. To ensure that your system runs at optimal performance, proper temperature control steps need to be taken.

First, reflective pale paint should be used to reflect direct sunlight and reduce roof surface temperatures. Secondly, installing an insulation layer underneath the solar array will help to regulate the temperature and reduce energy wastage. Lastly, uninterruptible solar shading should be used to block sunlight and reduce temperatures.

Proper Maintenance of Solar Panels

Check the panel’s location and adjust as needed to ensure proper coverage of sunlight. Inspect the panel surface regularly for dirt or debris, and clean accordingly using mild detergent and soft cloth to prevent degradation and damage.

It is important to ensure that the fasteners are in good condition. Periodically check the connections and wiring to ensure there is no corrosion or damage. Lastly, examine the solar panel regularly for signs of wear or degradation, and find a solar contractor to repair or replace it if necessary.

Keeping the Metal Roof in Great Shape

Clear out any debris, tree limbs, or other items that may have been deposited on the roof during bad weather. Repair any cracks or holes as soon as possible and paint the roof regularly to prevent rust or corrosion. Check for signs of leaking or weak points and make repairs immediately.

Make sure any flashing and caulk are in good shape. Over time the seal can degrade, leading to moisture seepage. After any major storms, check for loose panels or other damage. If necessary, replace any damaged sections.

Follow This Guide to Maintaining a Metal Roof With Solar Panels

Maintaining a metal roof with solar panels may seem daunting, but with the right tools, products, and proper care, it can be managed easily. This guide provides the necessary steps to make the most of your roof and solar panels. With this information, you can now enjoy and maintain it for maximum efficiency and a long-lasting roof.

Start with our tips and take the steps needed to secure your roof today!

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