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How Can Solar be Integrated With Metal Sales?

John Kenney Solar on Metal
October 21, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.

By John Kenney.

Metal roofing is continuing to grow as the leader in the roof of choice selected in combination with solar systems.

In some cases, it is less expensive upfront than other roof system combinations, but its longevity increases the combined system's lifetime return on investment.

Over the last few decades, metal roofing has gained market share and popularity. Solar has experienced a similar trend as well. The metal roof is fastly becoming the preferred system by solar contractors for installing their products because of its better performance and more sustainable option. Continuing to educate homeowners on the benefits of metal and solar is key.

In the commercial world, we are seeing growth as well. A contributing factor to rooftop solar energy's long-term success is the quality and performance of the metal roof under the solar panels. A study of roof system longevity presented on Roofing Technology by Carl Cash showed that metal panel roofs have the longest service life compared to asphalt-based and single-ply roofs. The study revealed that the average life of metal panels is 25 years, whereas built-up and single-ply were at 16.6 and 14.1 years of average service life. Another recent study by Metal Construction Association and Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association showed the longevity of low-slope unpainted 55% Al-Zn alloy coated steel, standing seam roofing systems is 60 years.

The increased focus on energy efficiency and sustainability both in residential and commercial use has led to the growth in metal and solar installations. In a recent poll we conducted of design professionals, they expect to see a growing trend of more designs combining solar and metal, especially in new residential construction. Combined, they fit together very well for their durability and lower maintenance.

In conclusion, a valuable tip to consider as the buyer is deciding whether you want to get solar panels before roof installation begins. This will allow proper coordination between the roofing and solar installation operations and avoid any potential roof issues.

John Kenney is the CEO of Cotney Consulting GroupSee his full bio here.



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