It’s an exciting experience when you finally decide to install solar panels . After much research, he has determined that he wants to invest in solar energy.
You are so excited to have started researching solar installers in your area. However, a small question currently prevents you from making the switch to solar energy: “What else should I do before requesting a quote?”
We suggest you verify that your roof is as ready for the installation of a solar panel as you are. There are three important questions that you consider before moving to solar energy:
- How is your roof?
- What is the condition of your roof?
- How much shade does your roof have throughout the day?
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Your answers can help you determine if it is time to get quotes for solar panels. Let’s go deeper into each question, okay?
What does my roof look like?
A quick inspection of your roof is a great first step in determining if you are ready to install a solar panel. There are three main factors that you should consider:
- The age of your roof.
- The roof material.
- Possible obstacles for solar panels.
The older your roof is, the more likely you have to work a little before investing in a solar panel. If your roof needs to be replaced within the next 10 years, it is better to replace it before installing the solar panels. This will prevent you from having to remove them and reinstall them when the roof is replaced.
While solar panels are usually installed on metal and asphalt roofs, some roofing materials, such as slate and Spanish tiles, require more care when installing solar panels. If your roof is made of a delicate material, you should talk to a professional roofer for recommendations on mounting panels on your roof.
Potential obstacles to installing Solar Panels
Solar panels should be placed in straight rows. This means that if there are some obstacles, such as vents, this will limit the amount of solar panels that you can install on your roof. A good solar advisor can potentially design around these obstacles, but even so it can affect your overall solar potential.
What is the condition under my roof?
Depending on the condition of your roof, you may need to replace it before installing new panels. Inspect your roof for the following signs:
- Damaged beams or trusses
- Leaks or stains in the attic or on the walls.
- Dark, “dirty-looking” spots on the ceiling
If your roof shows any of these signs or has not been replaced in the last 10 years, consider getting an estimate of roof repair by a professional. Compare and see what you can find. If you cannot access the area where you want to install the panels, consult the plans of your home for the structure of your roof.
How much shadow does my roof have?
The shade of trees and other buildings can limit the production of your system. Because of this, it is best to avoid installing panels in shaded areas on your roof, if possible. If necessary, trees can also be trimmed to optimize the shaded area of your roof. Use Project Sunroof to see an estimate of the amount of sunlight your ceiling sees each year and which areas of your ceiling would be best for the panels.