July 27, 2020 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Energy Efficiency,Research,Sustainability

Solar panels matched to the right metal roofing give homeowners in Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Ohio opportunities to save money and generate power.

Roof Mounted Solar Panels

Roof-mounted solar panels are an excellent way to generate free power by taking advantage of space you aren’t using- the top of your home. Your roof is perfect for solar power generation: wide, smooth, and directly exposed to sunlight. However, roofing materials aren’t all created equally when working with solar. So how can you know which type of roofing works best? 

Here are 2 great options for making your own power with a Classic Metal Roofing System:

  1. Mounted solar panels- traditional photovoltaic solar panels mounted on top of metal shingles using stainless steel brackets
  2. Integrated solar panels- dual-function photovoltaic solar panels working as shingles strategically added in the place of some metal shingles.

Mounted panels are the better option right now, but integrated panels show a lot of promise for the future.

Mounted panels work best with our metal shingle roofs for several reasons: most importantly durability and long-life. Solar panels have a functional life of around 20 years, much shorter than our metal roofing shingles, but longer than asphalt shingle roofing. When it’s time to replace the panels on one of our metal shingle roofs, the roof remains intact with no need for replacement. 

Mounting and clamping panels to the rib of standing seam roofing damages the seam, leaving a potential weak point. Even worse, removing panels with standing seam roofing means replacing the entire slope underneath the panel. This is why we recommend using our metal shingles instead of a standing seam roof for solar applications. 

Choosing a metal shingle roof goes beyond just providing an excellent base for solar power generation. A high-quality metal roof from Classic Metal Roofing is:


Our metal roofing lasts decades longer than asphalt shingles, meaning no more painful re-roofing jobs. A permanent roof makes solar panel replacement and maintenance much easier. Standing up to the environment provides a strong foundation for solar panels, keeping your investment protected from harsh weather, high winds, hail, and fire. 


Generating solar power drastically reduces your need for standard electric power and high-quality metal roofing goes even further, cutting energy costs by up to 20%. A metal roof also addresses all 3 forms of heat transfer to keep your home cooler and maximize energy efficiency. Radiant heat from the sun reflects off the specialized coating found on every Classic Metal Roof, conductive heat dissipates between the roof and attic, and convective heat flows out through the ventilation. 


Classic Metal Roofing is available in a variety of colors and styles. It can resemble wooden shake, tile, or slate. This beauty is enhanced by proper installation, something talented roofing crews provide to many happy customers. Your neighbors will be jealous of your brand-new, striking Classic Metal Roof.

If you are considering solar power generation for your roof now or later, we can help. Designed to work hand-in-hand with solar panels for a lasting solution, you can choose to have your roof installed “solar-ready”, leaving room for panels installed at a later date, all while enjoying the many benefits of your new roof

Classic Metal Roofing and Solar: A Match Made in the Heavens

Here’s more information on our metal roofing matched with solar panels. Take a look up at your roof and imagine the possibilities of solar power.