Can Solar Be Installed on a Tile Roof?

Have a tile roof and want to install solar panels, but not sure if you can? Solar panels on tile roofs are one of our specialties.

The good news is you can! Installing solar on a tile roof requires a different approach, but it is possible. On a traditional asphalt roof, solar installation would simply require drilling into the roof and attaching your mounting brackets to the roof studs. The area around the mounting brackets is then sealed and a flashing is installed to prevent water infiltration from the roof penetrations.

When installing solar panels on a tiled roof, the tiles must be removed. Attempting to drill through the tiles may result in the tile cracking and needing to be replaced—increasing your installation costs. If you have specialty or antique tile, it is a good idea to have a roofing specialist remove the tiles to prevent damage during removal.

Once the tiles are removed, the mounting brackets are put into place and flashing are installed just as they would be on a normal solar installation.

If you would prefer to leave the tiles in place, you can attempt to drill through them. If you prefer this method, remove the tile and put in a mounting bracket. Drill a hole in the tile you have removed and put a threaded rod through the hole and into the mounting device.

No matter how you install it, you will need to seal the roof penetrations and put a flashing in place to prevent leakage. Our company is highly skilled in installs on many different roof types, including tile. Looking for financing for your new solar power system? We have you covered.

Want to Learn More About Solar?

Want solar panels on tile roofs? No problem! If you have a tile roof and want to learn more about installing a solar array on it in the San Diego area, give us a call or fill out a contact form. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential and benefits, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

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