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Solar Panel Longevity & Maintenance

If you’re a roofing contractor, then you’ve already had many discussions with customers regarding the expense of solar panels. In order to fully understand if this option is right for them, they need to understand the big picture, however. Make sure your customer is well-informed by providing details such as the average lifespan of solar panels, expected longevity and degradation factors.

How long do roof solar panels last?

As we know, most solar panel warranties are for 25 or 30 years. Many people will assume that once the warranty is complete, their solar panels must be replaced immediately. When someone asks how long roof solar panels last, it is important to explain that they don’t instantly cease working. Replacement isn’t immediately necessary although they do become slightly less efficient over time. And not every solar panel sees the same rate of degradation.

Another maintenance concern, the solar panel network’s central inverter, may require replacement, however. Simply put, the central converter converts DC into AC for use in your home. Unlike the actual solar panels, when the central converter quits, it quits completely. The life of a central converter varies however warranties are generally from 10 to 15 years.

Solar Panels Pay Over Time

The bottom line is that most solar panel set-ups pay for themselves long before they reach warranty, often within ten years. Whether you need to replace the central converter or not, the economics of solar roof panels makes sense for the average consumer.

Shoes & Solar Panels

From a safety perspective, installing solar panels does not differ from a standard roofing installation. Obviously, you or your installers will not be stepping directly on the solar panels. However, safety precautions are a must as with any roofing job.

Make sure you’re wearing Cougar Paws roofing boots for a sure grip as well as roof anchors, lifelines and rope grabs as needed. Make sure that all are in working order before beginning any job.

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