What Types of Rooftops are Most Suitable for Solar Panels?

After making the important decision to install solar panels on the roof of your home, you must next determine the specifics of your solar array. This is an important step in the process as solar panels will be installed on the roof of your home. As a result, you must understand how different roof types can influence whether or not solar panels are a viable option, as you may need to have your roof altered or entirely replaced.

To help you understand the different roof types that are available to homeowners who wish to have solar panels installed, we have presented you with a short guide as to which material would be better suited to your new home improvement. 

Rooftop Solar Panels On Residential House


Composite roofing is hugely popular in general, and not just among those who have solar panels installed on it. The materials used to construct a composite roof are strong and durable. Composite shingles are made from cellulose mat or fibreglass and often, other materials can be added, such as asphalt, to help produce the final product.

The benefits of composite roofing:

  • This type of roofing is relatively inexpensive in comparison to others.
  • Its look is highly flexible and can be easily adapted to look like most other materials.
  • It’s hard-wearing and long-lasting.
  • One of the best options available options to those wanting to install solar panels.


Roof Tiles

Much like composite roofing, this is also a very common roofing material in general. In fact, tile roofing can be found in most neighbourhoods these days. Tiles can be made from a variety of different materials, so it’s important that you know exactly what they’re made out of before having solar panels installed on your roof. For example, installing solar panels on a roof made from clay tiles could prove to be more expensive than installing the panels on concrete tiles.

Solar panels will need to be attached to a tile roof using brackets. These brackets will effectively lift the panels above the roof. The distance the panels are raised will be dependent upon the material itself.

The benefits of tile roofing:

  • Tile roofs are durable and long-lasting.
  • They will not rot or succumb to insect damage.
  • It’s environmentally friendly as they’re made from earth materials.
  • They’ll help maintain indoor temperatures, making them energy efficient.
  • Tile roofs are relatively low maintenance.
  • You can choose between several materials, including clay, concrete and slate.
  • Tile roofing is available in a variety of different colours and styles. 

Metal Standing Seam

Metal roofing that has standing seams is ideal for solar panel installation. The standing seam allows for easy attachment of the panel array, subsequently lowering the cost of installation. There’s also no need for drilling or screwing any holes into a metal roof, making it a viable and attractive option for many homeowners.

Metal roofing can prove to be eco-friendly, as they’re made out of recycled materials. This type of roofing is also incredibly durable, often lasting for over 30 years. Metal roofs with standing seams can allow for the installation of both thin film and standard PV solar panels.

The benefits of metal roofs with standing seams:

  • There’s no need for drilling or screwing.
  • Metal roofing can prove to be environmentally friendly.
  • Long-lasting and hard-wearing.
  • Both thin film and standard PV solar panels can be installed on metal roofing with standing seams.

Tar and Gravel

Most likely, flat roofs will be made from these materials. Made out of layered sheets attached together with hot tar and roofing felt, tar and gravel roofing may have other mineral coatings added. This is because flat roofs may require some additional brackets that will be required to tilt at a 30° angle.

Although simple to do, it can prove to be more expensive than installing solar panels on a tilted roof of a different material. Despite this, for homeowners with a flat roof, this is still an ideal and viable option for solar panel installation.

The benefits of tar and gravel roofing:

  • Allows for quick and simple solar panel installation.
  • The surface is relatively waterproof.
  • A cost-effective roofing solution for those on the lookout for a new roof.
  • Tar and gravel roofing is long-lasting, with a life expectancy of 20-25 years.
  • The roof itself can be easily installed.
  • Tar and gravel roofs are energy efficient, helping to regulate the temperature within your home, subsequently reducing energy consumption.


Wooden Roof

Depending on the way a wooden roof is structured, its shingles can easily be tilted to any angle, or even laid flat. Despite this convenience, a wooden roof is probably the least viable option for the installation of solar panels, mainly because of concerns over fire safety. If you have a wooden roof and are adamant that you’d like solar panels to be installed, it may be worth investing in a new roof made out of one of the aforementioned materials – our team here at Roofer UK will be able to help.

The benefits of replacing a wooden roof for solar panel installation:

  • The risk of a fire occurring significantly reduces.
  • A roof which isn’t wooden is considerably less likely to rot or succumb to weathering over time.
  • A roof made from a different material will be more durable and longer-lasting than a wooden roof.
  • A wooden roof may become weakened with the installation of solar panels, resulting in a homeowner paying for a replacement roof further down the line.

Roofing Services at Roofer UK

As market leaders in the industry, here at Roofer UK, we provide our customers with an array of different roofing services and comprehensive, cost-effective solutions. We guarantee fantastic results and consistent quality care throughout the process. As well as roof replacements and re-roofing, we also offer:

If you’re in need of a roof replacement or repair before the installation of your solar panels, look no further than Roofer UK. With over 20 years of experience under our belts, no job is too big or small for our team of experts. For more information or an accurate quote, get in touch with us today – we’re always happy to help.