Is my roof currently strong enough for a solar system? How will it hold up in a hurricane? - Goldin Solar, LLC

If your roof meets engineering standards (meaning it was built to code and inspected and approved by the local building department), it should be strong enough to support a solar array. While a complete solar array is quite heavy, this weight is distributed evenly across a large area and the overall pressure it exerts is low– about 2 pounds per square foot. This pressure is easily supported by a roof.

Most of our solar installations in Florida are built to the strict Miami-Dade codes and have been designed to withstand hurricane-force winds of 175 mph. In addition, the racking used to secure the solar panels to the roof often effectively functions as cross-bracing to the roof and increases its structural integrity.

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