Is My Roof Ideal For The Installation Of Solar Panels?

With everything that’s going on, people are increasingly looking for ways as to which they can minimize their monthly expenses. While solar panel installation projects require a large sum of money up front, over time, homeowners will receive their return on their investment and gradually lower their electricity bills. Solar panels are great for minimizing electric expenses as they harness the power of the sun by absorbing its light. This light is then converted into electricity. However, it is worth noting that not every roof will be compatible for a solar panel installation project. As such, homeowners should conduct their research to determine if their roof is ideal or not. 

Why Are Roof Types An Issue? 

The type of roof your home/business has, plays a critical role in the way the panels will be arranged. The way solar panels are arranged determines the solar output of their cells. In addition to that, different types of roof can either increase or decrease the amount of money you will have to spend to get solar panels installed. For instance, while solar panels can help to strengthen your roof to handle the stresses of weather related scenarios because they cover them, the type of roof you have may be prone to breaking or tearing.

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Roof Direction And Angle 

If you want to get the most out of your solar panels, they have to be facing south as far as possible. However, the south I’m referring to is called true south (solar south) and not magnetic south. While the direction of magnetic and solar south is similar, magnetic south is a little off by a tiny margin. You may ask yourself, what’s the deal with directing them to face a solar south direction? The reason is because we live in the northern hemisphere. As such, by position the panels in a southward direction, it will help to ensure that it gets as much light as it can for the longest time, as the sun rises and sets. Alternatively, if you lived in the southern hemisphere it would work vice versa as in to point north. While a roofing contractor will be aware of this, it is something to bare in mind that you can use to test a potential roofers

Roofing Materials 

While it may be true that you could technically put solar panels on any type of roof, you may not want to when it comes to metallic, or composite roofs. In most cases the material that your roof consist of will play an important role in how much you spend to install solar panels. For instance, if your home consists of ceramic tiles or wooden shingles, our expenses will be significantly higher than that of someone who has an asphalt shingle based roof. Why? In order for the solar panels to be installed, they have to be screwed/drilled down into the roof. It goes without saying that ceramic tiles were not designed to handle holes being drilled into them. Nor was it designed to hold a solar panel installation from falling from a steep angle. The point being is that while it is possible one can see how having a ceramic based roof would affect prices in this scenario. Alternatively, you can elect to have them installed on the ground if you are worried about potential issues that may occur down to a line.

Walkable vs Slanted Unwalkable Roofs 

Another factor to consider is if you have a slanted roof or if you have a flat roof. Flat roofs make installations cheaper and easier because the direction can be easily adjusted without much issue. However, steep roofs presents a variety of risk to the homeowner and the contractors involved. Because of the increased risk of falling, prices will be signficnalty higher than that of a roof that is slanted yet walkable. In addition to that, improper installation can lead to gravity pushing the solar panel off the roof, which can either damage your property or another person. 

Getting Started 

If you’re unsure about the specifics of your roof such as the angles, roofing material its made of or surrounding obstacles such as other houses or trees, you should contact a roof repair company to help you. While you may be tempted to use a regular solar panel installer, by going with a roofing company who has experience with solar installations, you can rest easy knowing that if something goes wrong you won’t have to juggle multiple different kinds of contractors to fix the problem.