With its often sunny skies, solar energy is popular in Colorado. If you are interested in solar panel installation, have a roofing contractor come to examine your roof first. Since it becomes harder to access this surface once panels are in place, you want to have any repairs performed ahead of time. Depending on your system’s current materials and age, you might also consider having it replaced. The following guide outlines the best materials that work with solar energy systems.

What Should You Replace Your Roof With?

1. Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

Dimensional asphalt shingles have two layers of materials bonded together to create a 3D look that is also extra durable. Combined with asphalt’s natural durability and flexibility, this gives these shingles a longer life span of about 30 years. Solar panel installers generally drill studs into these roofs, then attach mounting brackets to the studs. 

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2. Concrete Tiles

Concrete roofing systems easily withstand the extra weight of solar panels thanks to their supreme durability, as they are not likely to crack and sustain water damage. Solar panel installation can involve removing select tiles and installing the panels. 

3. Standing Seam Metal

Standing seam metal roofs have great curb appeal, are weather- and fire-resistant, and boost the house's energy efficiency, making them an excellent choice for homeowners who are already thinking of going greener. In addition, solar panel installers don't need to drill into a standing seam metal roof, which reduces labor costs. Instead, they can attach the equipment using L-clips and strong adhesive designed for metal applications. In addition, roofing contractors recommend this option because of its longevity. It lasts 30-50 years on average.


If you want to get a new roof installed before adding solar panels to your property, turn to the roofing contractors at Formula Roofing and Remodeling in Denver, CO. They work with a wide variety of materials, including standing seam metal, asphalt shingles, and tile. Call (303) 600-8696 today for a free estimate, or visit the website for service details. Connect on Facebook for roof maintenance tips.