If your customer is experiencing leaks in their roof, it’s a clear indication that the roof is compromised and needs immediate attention. Leaks can cause water damage to the interior of the building, including the walls, ceilings, and electrical systems, and can also damage solar panels.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
Cracked, curling, or missing shingles are signs of wear and tear on the roof. Shingles are the first line of defense against the elements and protect the roof from moisture, UV rays, and other environmental factors. If shingles are damaged or missing, it can lead to water infiltration, which can cause further damage to the roof and other parts of the building.
Multiple Layers of Roofing
If the roof has multiple layers of shingles, it may be time for a new roof. Building codes typically allow for only two layers of shingles, and adding more layers can compromise the roof’s structural integrity. Additionally, removing multiple shingles layers during a roof replacement can be more labor-intensive and costly, so it’s best to address this issue early on.
Granular Loss or Exposed Fibers
Shingles have a protective layer of granules that provide UV protection and help to shed water. If the shingles have lost a significant amount of granules or if the fibers of the shingle matting are exposed, it’s a sign that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and may need to be replaced.
Flashings are the metal pieces that seal the roof around roof penetrations, such as chimneys, vents, and skylights. If flashings are damaged or missing, they can create openings for water to enter the roof and cause leaks. Damaged flashings should be repaired or replaced promptly to prevent further damage to the roof.
Moss and Algae Build-up
Moss and algae growth on the roof can indicate excess moisture and can cause damage to shingles over time. Moss and algae can trap moisture on the roof surface, leading to accelerated deterioration of shingles. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent moss and algae growth, but if it’s already widespread, it may be a sign that the roof needs to be replaced.
If you have determined your customer needs a new roof, you’ll need to hire, and project manage a roofing contractor. We advise that you ensure the Roofer is willing to assist with the claims process and has proper insurance. Try to avoid any bait-and-switch tactics or inflated pricing when negotiating estimates and material costs. Lastly, look for a contractor with experience in working with insurance companies to ensure fair pricing and professional handling of repairs.
An alternate solution is to use a service like Roofs For Solar to handle the roofing component of your install. We understand that solar companies are designed to sell solar, not roofing. That’s why we offer contracting and project management services to help residential solar companies across the country manage the roofing component of their installations.
We’ve worked with some of the largest companies in solar, including SunPower, and know firsthand the damage that can be done when a solar salesperson fails to consider the impact of a poor roof. We want to protect your company from costly O&M claims, including total roof and system replacement.
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