Everything You Need to
Solar Panels on Your Roof
If you’re considering installing solar panels on your roof, you’re not alone. Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as people become increasingly aware of the benefits it can offer. Not only does solar energy help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but it also helps save money on energy costs in the long run. In this article, we discuss some of the key considerations you need to take into account when planning a solar panel installation.
Step One: Assess Your Slope & Orientation
One of the first things you need to consider is the type of roof you have. Solar panels can be installed on most types of roofs, but some are better suited than others. For example, if you have a flat roof, it will be easier to install solar panels than if you have a pitched roof. If you have a particularly steep roof, extra precautions will need to be taken for both the people installing your solar panels, as well as the mounts they ultimately sit within.
You also need to take into account the orientation of your roof. Solar panels need to be installed in an area that gets direct sunlight for most of the day in order to work effectively. Remember – even if you’re facing the right direction, if there’s something obstructing the line of sight between your roof and the sun it will directly impact the amount of energy you’re ultimately able to generate.
A word of caution: As is probably apparent at this point, these parameters are highly variable and must be weighed against one another. Be wary of anyone who seems to have a one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to solar panel installation. Trust your gut and ask the right questions.
Step Two: Assess Your Roof's Size & Shape
Another important consideration is the size and shape of your roof. Solar panels come in different sizes, so you’ll need to make sure you choose ones that fit your roof properly. It’s also important to leave enough space around the perimeter of the panels for ventilation. This last piece is often overlooked. Make sure you aren’t getting in the way of letting your roof do the things it was originally built to do!
Step Three: Think About Long-Term Maintenance
Finally, you need to think about the cost of installation. Solar panel installation can be a significant investment, so you’ll need to make sure you factor this into your decision-making process. However, it’s important to remember that solar energy can save you money in the long run by reducing your energy costs.
One thing that is often overlooked is the long-term maintenance costs associated with solar panels. Luckily, as long as your solar panels are working, the only regular maintenance required is cleaning and an annual inspection. How often your panels need maintenance is highly dependent upon the type of panels you use and the weather conditions at your place of residence.
Don’t let fate alone decide how much unforeseen money you’ll have to pour into this project! Make sure you think critically about all of the costs BEFORE you begin the installation process.
If you’re considering installing solar panels on your roof, the above are some of the key considerations you need to take into account. By doing your research and planning ahead, you can ensure that your solar panel installation goes smoothly and provides you with all the benefits that solar energy has to offer.
A good rule of thumb is to always list these considerations out on a sheet of paper and see which ones impact the project most. Make sure whichever elements are of the highest concern are raised to whoever’s installing your panels for you.
We might not be experts in solar power, but we are experts in roofing! If you have any questions or concerns about your roof, don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can also reach out to us for a FREE roof inspection at ClaytonHoover.com/roofing.