If you're thinking of installing solar panels in your home, the ideal place to have them is your rooftop. However, before carrying out this task, consider working with a reputable roofing contractor to help you assess whether it's worth fitting such equipment on your roof. Such experts will help you determine whether the roof can withstand the additional weight. They'll also advise on the ideal place to fit them for maximum sunlight. Here's a detailed insight into the crucial considerations before your installation can start.
The Type Of Roofing Material
While many roofing materials are compatible with solar panels, others may not withstand such an addition. That's why you should seek a reputable roofer's services for advice on whether to undertake the installation. For instance, if you have shingle roofing, you will hardly face any difficulties fitting your rooftop solar panel. Conversely, you may be advised against installing solar panels on terracotta tile and clay roofs because they are brittle and can easily break.
Your Roof's Orientation and Pitch
To reap maximum benefits from your rooftop solar panel, install it in an area with maximum sunlight. Generally, solar panels should be installed on the south-facing side of the roof. If your roof's orientation is flawed, they'll always advise you on alternative options. Your roof slope also significantly impacts your panels' effectiveness. For optimal power generation, your roof pitch should be angled correctly. And while adding panels on a flat roof is possible, you'll need racking to keep them at the right angle.
The Sun-Hours Your Roof Receives
When fitting solar panels on the roof, avoid placing them in areas with minimal sunlight. While your solar panels can perform in shadowy areas or on cloudy days, their output will be significantly limited. Therefore, if the branches from the nearby trees are the reason for the fewer sun hours on your roof, trim them before installing your solar panels.
Whether There's Damage To Your Roof
Before fitting solar panels, speak to your roofer to assess whether your roof is in good shape. If your roof has extensive damage from water leaks and other roof issues, your roofer may recommend re-roofing before installing the panels. The same applies if your roof is almost at the end of its useful life.
Adding rooftop solar panels is an excellent way to reduce your home's energy use. But before undertaking your installation, contact your roofer to assess whether your roof is solar-ready.
For more information, reach out to a roofer.