Why Metal Is One of the Best Roofing Materials for Solar Panels

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Updated January 24, 2022
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Highlights

  • Metal and solar have long lifespans.

  • Both are recyclable.

  • Solar panels boost the cooling benefits of metal roofs.

  • LEED/ENERGY STAR certifications can improve home value.

  • Tax credits are available for solar panels.

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Homeowners are going solar for savings and sustainability. If you really want to go the extra mile to have an efficient home, nothing tops the combination of a metal roof with solar panels. Take a look at how solar panels and metal roofs power up a home's value.

What Are the Benefits of Metal Solar Roofs? 

The obvious benefit of pairing metal and solar is that you'll keep your home running using less energy. The secondary benefit is that both metal roofing and solar panels are actually recyclable. Compare that to the 20 billion pounds of asphalt roofing being dumped into landfills every year!

Shared Longevity

Both metal roofs and solar panels are in it for the long haul. While most shingle roofs last between 12 and 25 years, a metal roof will last between 40 and 70 years.

Next, solar panels installed properly by a local solar provider can easily last up to 30 years. The beauty of combining metal with solar panels is that you don't have to worry about your panels outliving your roof the way you do with shingle roofs.

Easy Mounting

It's easier to install solar panels on metal roofs when compared to shingle roofs. With the need for holes to be drilled when mounting panels, the situation can be precarious for some homes with shingle roofs.

A panel that's improperly mounted on a shingle roof can cause holes, leaks, mold, condensation, and other roof issues. The problem is erased with a metal roof because the mounting process is different with metal. There's usually no need to drill with standing-seam metal roofs and metal tile roofs. However, corrugated metal roofs do sometimes require drilling.

Enhanced Cooling

Did you know that solar panels can actually enhance the cooling benefits of your metal roof? If you're sold on metal roofing, you probably already know that metal offers cooling benefits that allow homeowners to reduce energy usage.

The reflective qualities of metal roofs reflect more sunlight than an alternative option like an asphalt shingle roof. In fact, the reflectivity of solar panels can help homeowners to save up to 40% on energy bills. Solar panels amplify the cost savings because the panels provide additional shade over the roof.

Will a Metal Solar Roof Boost Your Home’s Resale Value?

A man installing new solar panels on a roof
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There are many ways that metal roofs and solar panels add value to a home. First, buyers are increasingly looking for solar-powered homes with energy-efficient features that will save them money.

In addition, homeowners with features like metal roofs and solar panels can potentially obtain LEED certification and ENERGY STAR certification to make their homes more attractive to buyers in the market.

Can You Receive a Tax Credit If You Have Solar Panels?

Tax credits are often available for homeowners who install solar panels at their homes. Under the terms of the federal residential solar energy credit, eligible homeowners can receive a credit for 26% of the cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

How Much Does a Metal Roof Cost?

Metal roofing is a broad category and costs can vary greatly depending on which material you choose. However, according to HomeAdvisor, the average installation cost for metal roofs ranges between $5,500 and $15,000.

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

On average, a solar panel installation will cost between $15,000 and $25,000 after factoring in federal tax credits. Compare solar quotes with a few pros to be sure you get the best quality—and the best deal.

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