Homeowners who are seeking to go green may want to consider equipping their homes with solar panels. Roof-mounted solar panels harness the power of the sun and have the potential to save you a great deal on home energy bills. Roofs are the most common installation location for home solar power systems. The more sun exposure panels get, the more solar energy they can produce to help replace power from the grid. An unobstructed roof with slopes toward the sun helps maximize sun exposure and energy production for your home. Roof-mounted solar panels can be installed on your home, as well as on various outbuildings, such as a barn, shed, garage or carport.
While almost any home can accommodate solar panel installations, there are some questions you should ask about your roof before you start a solar project. One of the first questions a consultant will ask is about the age and condition of your roof. If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, you will need to get that work done first before you can have solar panels installed.
Your roof may need to meet a minimum requirement of usable surface area to have solar panels installed. The minimum usable surface area allows solar panels to be correctly installed on your roof, helping you meet your solar goals and comply with building codes. Most building codes require pathways of open roof areas for access and ventilation to clear smoke, fumes, and heat in a fire. Your solar consultant will address these details during your project.
It is important to understand that not all roof types qualify for solar panels. For example, flat roofs made of tar and gravel are not suitable for solar panel installation. Roofing materials that are strong and durable, such as asphalt roof shingles, make excellent surfaces for supporting solar panel installation.
A general guideline is that asphalt shingle roofs should be ten years old or less and in good condition before installing solar panels. If your roof is over ten years old, then you may want to schedule a roof inspection to see if it’s still in good enough condition for solar panel installation.
During a roof inspection, our roofing contractor will check your roof and attic for potential signs of damages. In addition to damaged shingles, other roofing components (such as underlayment, vents, or flashing) may also need to be replaced. It’s always best to repair or replace these items before solar installation begins.
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