With energy prices continually increasing and rebates currently being offered, now is the best time to consider installing solar panels on your property. Solar panels can be very beneficial, including to help reduce your monthly energy bills, increase your property value, they can help to power your home should there be a blackout, not to mention, that having solar on your property can clean up the air.
Most properties can have solar panels installed on the roof. The style of your roof will depend on the type of solar panels you can have installed.
What type of home roof is best for solar panels?
As we mentioned above, most roofs can have solar panels installed on them; however, there are sometimes a few exceptions. In most cases, garages can have solar panels installed, so can barn roofs, shed roofs if they are big enough, and your standard home roof. When getting a quote, a professional will access your roof to determine if it’s suitable for solar panels or not.
How to prepare your roof for solar panel installation?
Let an expert assess your home roof
If you are thinking of installing solar panels, your roof needs to be up for the job. If it’s too small or too old, it may not be suitable to install solar panels. The main reason for this is safety and that the solar panels will not work to the best of their ability. In addition, panels weigh a lot, so the last thing you want is for them to damage your property.
Contact a roofing professional and ask them to assess your roof. They will check for all the requirements and confirm that your property can safely have solar panels on the roof. If there is any doubt, the expert can tell you what changes will need to be made before you can have them installed.
Access how old your roof is
At face value, it is advised that your roof should be a maximum of 1 0 years old to have solar panels installed on it. If your roof is over 10 years old, this may not be a problem, but as mentioned above, you may need an expert to ensure its safety. It could be that you need to replace your roof before you can have solar panels installed.
Check your roof receives enough sunlight
For solar panels to work most optimally, they require adequate sunlight on them. To prepare your roof for solar panel installation, check the amount of light that is hitting your roof. If it’s not enough, you will find that your solar panels will not generate much power. If this is the case, it may be worth putting your solar panels in another area of your property. For example, if you have a shed in the garden that gets a lot of sun, you could have them installed on that.
Having solar panels installed on your property is beneficial in many ways. Preparing your roof beforehand will make the process much quicker and hassle-free.
GreatWay Roofing does not install solar, but we can refer you to reputable, local solar companies to contact.
Greatway Roofing has over 20 years of experience as the leading Ventura County, Santa Clarita Valley, and the west San Fernando Valley roofing company. We offer free, comprehensive estimates, and our workmanship is guaranteed. If you’d like help with cleaning your gutters, talk to one of our friendly team members today at (805) 523-2550.