Roof Sheeting and Solar Panel Integration

Mar 13, 2024 | Articles

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In a world prioritising sustainability and cost-effectiveness, solar panels together with several types of roof sheeting are leading the pack in transformative technology and, specifically, engineered roofing materials for businesses, industries, homeowners, and farming communities alike.

Roof sheeting is known for its high tensile strength and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions with minimal damage. Its aesthetic appeal also makes it a preferred choice for buildings in rural areas, where it’s important for structures to endure the force of nature. Installing solar panels on roofing that is this durable and structurally sound, if installed correctly, therefore makes perfect sense.

Debunking the myth that solar panels can only be installed on traditional roof tiles is the leading company in steel and fencing manufacturing, Chemvet Steel & Fencing. We may not be able to provide you with statistics on thermal efficiency based on your choice of roof sheeting but we are going to delve into the symbiotic relationship between metal roofing and solar energy.


Ecological and Economical Long-Term Benefits

Solar panels and roof sheeting are compatible forces, helping to maximise energy efficiency and passively reduce your carbon footprint.

Metal Roofing

Metal roof sheeting, such as corrugated iron, presents a compelling investment for both environmental and financial considerations. Its reflective properties efficiently mitigate solar heat absorption, consequently enhancing the effectiveness of a building’s insulation, translating to overall lower energy consumption. Metal roofs boast remarkable longevity compared to shingles or tiles and require minimal maintenance costs.

Additionally, these roofs contribute towards sustainability as they can be recycled and often comprise recycled materials in their manufacture, greatly minimising their carbon footprint. Furthermore, the addition of solar panels is significantly streamlined on metal roof sheeting, offering yet another benefit for the eco-conscious individual.


Solar Power Generation

Solar energy is gaining popularity as companies have made it more accessible to the public by providing options at increasingly affordable prices. Ideally, a properly sized and equipped solar system can potentially eliminate your electricity bill and dependency on external intermittent supply, enabling complete self-sufficiency, which is a goal worth aiming for.

While the initial outlay of installing solar panels may seem a tad excessive compared to the cost of roof sheeting, the substantial long-term fiscal and ecological benefits are definitely worth the investment.


Mounting Clamps or Traditional Installation?

Several types of roof sheeting present the ideal platform for solar panel placement as the different design profiles can easily support the panels. For standing seam roofs, clamps offer a convenient and safe way to install solar. These clamps attach directly to the roof’s seams, which eliminates the need for drilling and preserves the structural integrity. Compared to traditional methods, this simplifies the installation. We would, however, like to point out that with corrugated roofing, different mounting solutions are required due to the lack of seams.

Whether your roof sheeting preferences lean towards the S-Rib design of corrugated iron, the trapezoidal profile of Widespan, or the square fluted shape of IBR, we at Chemvet Steel & Fencing can cater to your specific requirements.


Superior Steel and Fencing Solutions

Our company, established in 1979, has become a trusted supplier of high-quality, customisable fencing solutions at affordable prices. From individual components such as posts, wires, and gates to complete installations, we offer a variety of options to suit your specific needs. We even provide DIY solutions and always give expert advice to ensure that you find the perfect fencing or roofing system. Contact your go-to specialists in all matters steel and fencing.

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