Tile Roofs and Solar Panels: What You Need to Know

can you install solar panels on a spanish tile roof?

Can you install solar panels on your tile roof? Yes! Installing solar on a tile roof is a straightforward process that can save you $1,000’s in energy bills and dramatically increase the value of your home. 

What benefits do solar panels add to your home? 

The biggest benefits of installing home solar panels are cost savings on energy bills and increasing the value of your home. In some cases, you can eliminate your energy expenses altogether by installing solar panels. 

After you make the initial investment of purchase and installation, you will only pay for electricity when your monthly energy consumption exceeds what can be captured by your solar panels. By installing a solar panel system that is an appropriate fit for the size of your home and taking measures to limit your energy consumption, you can seriously save money. In fact, you can even make money!

Installing solar panels will increase the value of your home. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, every dollar that a solar panel saves you on your electrical bills increases the value of your home by $20. And according to Zillow, homes with solar panels sell for four percent higher than those without them. If you’re looking to sell your home or flip a property, know that homes with solar panels have been proven to sell 20 percent faster than those without them. 

Want more benefits? Don’t worry, they don’t stop there. 

  • Your overall carbon footprint will decrease. 
  • Depending on where you live, your local utility company may purchase excess energy collected by your home’s panels. 
  • You may be eligible for the Solar Investment Tax Credit of $1,000.
  • You may be eligible for a state solar tax credit. Check here.

Can solar panels be placed on a clay tile roof or a concrete tile roof?

Yes, you can easily install solar panels on clay tile roofs or concrete tile roofs. This is called an “inset solar installation” or a “comp-out.” While it’s not quite as simple as installations on other roofing types, the process is straightforward and common. Here’s how it works. 

Instead of drilling the panels directly into your roof tiles, a roofing professional will remove the existing roof tiles from the area where the solar panel will be installed and put composite shingles in their place. To ensure the roof is completely waterproof, transitions are reinforced with sheet metal (flashing). Last, the solar panels are installed onto the composite shingles, and the area around the solar panel is filled with the previously removed clay tile or concrete tiles. In this way, the aesthetic appearance of the roof remains intact. 

What roofs are not suitable for solar panels?

Most types of roofing are compatible with solar panels, including asphalt shingles (composite roofing), tile roofs, and metal roofs. Wood and slate roofs are not very suitable for solar panels. 

Wood and slate roofs are made of a more brittle material which makes it difficult for solar panel installers to move around the roof and securely install the panels. Wooden roofs are also a fire hazard. Installing solar panels on these roofs is possible, but it is more complicated and expensive. 

SunVena Solar panels

SunVena offers solar panel installation for homes and businesses with tile roofs. We are Florida’s highest-rated home solar company. If you’re new to solar, our team excels at explaining the technology in an easy-to-understand way. Contact us today to get a quote!