Solar Panels Are Making A Huge Impact On Commercial Roofs

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While sustainable energy is growing, it becomes a must have for many people and they have approached the use of solar panels as a potential solution.

If proper steps are not taken, the solar array system can have a negative impact on the performance of your roofing system and your customer’s wallet. The impact of these systems need to be taken into consideration, including more than potential cost savings.

Roof’s Current Condition

The weight a solar panel system brings to a commercial roof can not be taken lightly. Most panels have an average weight of 40-50 LBS, depending on manufacture. When including the installation hardware and other equipment for your panel, the total weight can be 3-4 pounds per square foot. Scheduling an inspection is a crucial first step, the expected lifespan of the current roof must be analyzed.

Return on Investment (ROI)

You can ensure that your customer will see a return on investment. According to EnergySage data, commercial property owners pay an average of $538 in monthly electricity bills before transitioning to solar energy. After installation, property owners can see an 83 % reduction in their electricity bills. Although solar array systems are a bit costly, for many owners it is worth it to consider solar panels during the initial construction plans for their facility. A brand new roof system has an average lifespan of 15-30 years depending on the type of roofing membrane used.

S-5 Can Help

There are many penetrating techniques used to install solar panel systems that can compromise the roof manufacturer's warranty! With the use of S-5’s zero-penetrating technology you can rest easy knowing that the manufacturer’s warranty is not being compromised and the panels are properly installed without any premature roof failure. The fewer the penetrations in your roofing system, the better. Always be mindful of the extra weight and how it can put stress on your current roofing system. S-5 creates the most sustainable and lightest metal roof solar mounts available.


In order for the roofing system and solar panel system perform the way you need them to, routine maintenance is a must. Some solar panel systems feature a monitoring system that will alert the owner of any potential problems. Other systems do not include that feature in which case manual monitoring will need to take place.

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