When solar first became available for residential homes, there was a lot of speculation with respect to if they would damage your roof or even hurt the value of your home. In our experience this is not a true cause for concern – and here is why.
Firstly, solar panels are relatively light and are designed to be aerodynamic on the roof so they do not lift in high winds. The concern being specifically in places where heavy snowfall occurs- the added weight of the panels plus the snow would make the roof more susceptible to damage. It makes perfect sense to be cautious about this but it should not concern or stop you from getting them and here is why.
We interviewed Solar Company MA about this very topic. Snow tends to stay on the roofs only because they are not slippery- asphalt shingles are quite abrasive which makes snow stay put because the snow cannot slide off. Unlike on a solar panel which has a very smooth surface and is generally mounted on an angled part of the roof- so heavily weighted snow slides right off.
But what about the value of your home? Top Real Estate Agent In Amesbury also weighed in with Merrimack Valley Solar with respect to the value of a home being negatively affected.
There are mainly two options when getting solar on your home- Lease, or buy. When you buy- they become part of the house and if you sell- they stay and it is pretty simple. When you lease, however, the new owner has to accept to take on the lease terms you agreed to when putting solar on your home. This is generally not much of an issue because the pricing tends to be better than the electricity coming from the utility companies, but for first-time home buyers it can shy them away from a deal. So be sure to weigh your options before signing a lease and assessing your long-term plans for the home.