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Adding Solar to a Concrete or Clay Tile Roof.

Did you know that installing a solar panel system on a concrete or tile roof is a possibility?

It’s true! The installation process of adding a solar panel system to your tile roof isn’t as complicated as you might think. However, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to installing solar panels on concrete or tile roofs.

Green Roofing:

The benefits of installing solar panels on your roof are clear: they’re environmentally friendly, reduce your energy bills, and add value to your home. If you already have a tile roof, you’ve got the greenest roof on the market. Adding a solar panel system to your concrete or clay tile roof will make it greener.


Having a concrete or clay tile roof can make the panel installation a little trickier than with other types of roofs. You’ll need to make sure that the panels are installed properly and that they’re secured to the roof so they don’t move around in high winds or heavy rain. There are lots of brackets on the market that will allow the installation of the panels without the removal of the tiles. Some tiles may need to be modified to fit the bracket, and then a new flashing is created to make sure they remain watertight. The other option is to remove the tiles in the area you want to install the panels, putting them directly on the roof deck. Again the area will have to be made watertight using a flashing system.

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Solar panel systems require very little maintenance once installed. If you live in a dusty environment, the panels will need to be cleaned more regularly. You will see the efficiency of the panels drop over time, letting you know when it’s time to clean them.

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Return on Investment:

How long will it take to pay off the startup cost of the Solar Panel system? This question depends on how large and efficient your installation is and the rate you get for selling your generated power back to your local utility. The average home has an initial investment of $15,000 to $20,000 to install a solar panel system. However, this can be reduced by taking advantage of tax credits and rebates offered by many states and local governments for installing solar panels.

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Is Solar right for you?:

Solar is a great option for many homeowners. If you are thinking about installing solar panels, you should consider how much energy your home uses and whether or not you can take advantage of any incentives to reduce the cost of installation. Can you live with the changes to the appearance of your home after the panels are installed? The installation of the panels can dramatically impact the look of your home, especially for homes with steeply pitched roofs.

We hope we’ve provided some insights into the process of adding Solar to a concrete or clay tile roof. If you’d like more information or would like to speak to one of our team about adding solar to your home DM, call or email and we’d be happy to help.

You can also visit our partners at Eagle Roofing to read more about the process. LINK