Installing Solar Panel on Chemwood Roof

habalsOctober 7, 2013

(EDIT: I moved the posting to the Renewable Energy Forum


I am considering installing solar panels.
My roof is Chemwood which easily breaks and "discontinued".
The installer said that they can put other type of roof material under the solar panel (like composite shingle or wood shake) and they can do it right.
I am not knowledgeable on how the roof should be installed, so can you give me some advise what I should check or any comment whether I should do this or not?

I was concerned if the difference of the thickness of the roof can cause any future problem.

Any comment appreciated!!

This post was edited by habals on Mon, Oct 7, 13 at 20:00

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first..I don't know what a Chemwood roof is..a fake cedar shake roof..
second..does this only apply the small area under the panel mounts?

my thoughts given the info above
how much does a Chemwood roof move? if you locked in the solar panel mounts to the roof rafters. will the Chemwood move enough to break the sealing joints?
if so..mount the panel mount through vent flashing..let the roof move without moving the mounts..seal the vents with silicon..about the only place I would silicon in construction.


    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 6:16PM
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What kind of solar panels? PV or HW. We have hot water solar panels which are heavy, but if you go with photovoltaic which are very light you're probably alright. Roofing is designed so a 200lb maintenance man can move around and work on the roof in addition to the normal live and dead loads required by the building code.

Our house has typical 30yr fiberglass roof shingles on a plywood subroof with building paper. The installation required adding some brackets, drilling some holes with flashing and sealing.

It's inspected every year along with the a/c & back-up boiler and hasn't caused any problems.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 9:36AM
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