For solar installations, slate roofs present a unique challenge, but with the right installation expertise and equipment, it can be done reliably and safely.
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material for residential pitched roofs. Most solar installers are therefore familiar with installing solar on asphalt shingled roofs. Slate roofs are much less common and so most solar installers are not familiar with how to install solar on a slate roof.
Asphalt shingles are easy to walk on, providing a rough surface which is not easily damaged. As a roofing material, slate is heavy, expensive, brittle and slippery but can have superior looks and longevity. With proper technique, asphalt can be easily drilled or nailed through. Slate generally requires removal of some of the slate pieces to install the mounts and flashing.
Our installers have the experience, expertise and skills to ensure that a solar system can be safely installed whether the roof is asphalt, metal or even slate. So, homeowners with slate roofs can enjoy all of the benefits of solar and maintain the beauty and longevity of their slate roofs.