You’ve done all of your research and you decided to switch to solar energy. You’re so excited that you’ve already started to research solar installers in your area. Still, one little question currently holds you back from making the move to solar: “What else should I do before asking for a quote?”
We suggest checking to make sure your roof is as ready for a solar panel installation as you are. There are three important questions you consider before you make the move to solar energy:
- What does your roof look like?
- What is the condition of your roof?
- How much sun vs. shade does your roof get throughout the day?
What Does My Roof Look Like?
A quick inspection of your roof is the first step in determining whether it’s ready for a solar panel installation. There are some factors you should consider:
- The age of your roof
- The roofing material
- Potential obstacles for solar panels
Age of the Roof
If your roof will need to be replaced within the next 10 years, it’s best to replace it before solar panels are installed. This will save you from having to remove and reinstall them when the roof is replaced.
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 their recommendation on mounting solar panels on your roof.
Solar panels need to be laid down in straight rows. This means obstacles can limit how many panels can fit on your roof. A good solar consultant can potentially design around these obstacles, but it can still impact your overall solar potential.
What is the Condition of Your Roof?
Depending on the condition of your roof, you may need to replace it before you install solar panels. Inspect your roof for the following signs:
- Damaged rafters
- Leaks or stains in the attic or on walls
- Dark, “dirty-looking” spots on the roof
If your roof is showing any of these signs, consider getting a roof repair estimate. If the area you want to install panels is inaccessible, consult your home’s blueprints for the structure of your roof.
How Much Sun vs Shade Does My Roof Get?
Shade from trees and other buildings can limit the solar power of your system. It’s best to avoid installing panels in shady areas on your roof. If needed, trees can also be trimmed to get more sun on your roof.
Make Sure Your Roof is Ready for Solar Panels
A little preparation can make a big difference for your solar energy system. By considering three simple questions about your roof, you can put your solar panels in the best position for maximum production.
Roof Experts: Helping Homeowners Prepare for Solar
Roofs can be one of the most demanding parts of a home, that is if it is not taken care of properly. Hiring a roofing professional to inspect the roof is the best way to really know what is going on up there. Roof Experts has over 20 years of contracting and homebuilding experience, and our local company is proud to serve DFW. Call Roof Experts at (855) 412-7663 or visit our website to see all of our roofing services.