Solar panels are becoming more popular by the day and we often get the question asked if you can install solar panels on a metal roof. The short answer is yes, but here are some important details that you need to know.

The good news is that metal is one of the best roof materials for solar panels. Ease of installation, durability, and environmental benefits are just three of the reasons to consider putting solar panels on a metal roof.

Selecting a solar installer

Not all solar installers are experts with metal roofs and some won’t even quote the job. But if you have a metal roof, it’s likely there is an installer in your community who understands metal roof solar installations or who works with a roofer who knows what to do.

There are several different types of metal roofs. And installation works differently with each style.

A qualified roofer and solar installer working together in tandem can successfully install solar on a metal roof without causing any damage.

Solar panels: metal vs asphalt roofs

While the majority of solar homes have asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs are actually a better choice if you’re planning to go solar. This is because one of the main concerns with a rooftop solar installation is ensuring there’s enough life left in the roof before putting panels on top of them.

If a roof fails early, it’s an extra expense to remove the solar panels before the roof repair can proceed. But metal roofs last a really long time, making the age of the roof less of an issue.

Standing seam roof

Every manufacturer of solar racking will have a different design, but with a standing seam roof you can have a clamp that securely grips the seam without penetrating it.

This is a great design because it means that you don’t have to worry about permanently modifying the roof and creating entry points for moisture.

Corrugated metal roof

Corrugated metal roofs are what you might see on a barn or other industrial settings, but they’ve found use on residential homes for people who like the industrial aesthetic.

Solar mounts for corrugated roofs have to penetrate the roof. This means waterproofing is critical.


Solar panels are perfect for metal roofs. Metal roofs have such long lifespans, there’s much less of a chance of developing a roof leak that will require you to pay the extra cost of removing and reinstalling the solar panels.

About Metal Sales

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the construction industry. Metal Sales works with architectural specifiers and commercial construction professionals to create inspirational design solutions. With the industry’s largest and most knowledgeable sales and technical support team, Metal Sales has the expertise to address today’s challenges in high-performance, sustainable and Net-Zero building. Metal Sales has outreach around the world. Delivering outstanding roof, wall and fascia metal panels from its 21 facilities throughout the U.S.

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