Not sure if your roof will cater for Solar Panels?
If there are two thing that are keeping home owners from investing in solar panels it’s the question of roof capabilities and solar panel prices. Is my roof solar panel friendly? Is it even worth looking into given that I cannot afford to re-arrange the roof?
How Complex is the Roof?
The visually appeal that comes with a complex roof will leave you at a slight disadvantage. Even though it’s not impossible to install solar panels, it’s probably going to cost a little more, take for example this beautiful house and compare it to the more basic design.
The cost of installing the panels are obviously going to be more for the house with the complex design because you want all the panels to face in a certain direction and you want it with as little effort as possible. It’s in cases like this that it works out well to have a standard roof with an average tilt.
On the same note, you want to pay attention to the direction your roof is facing. Ideally it should be facing due north and tilting level with your latitude but this only reduces the amount of planning and time spent on installation.
“…pay attention to the direction your roof is facing”
What Material is the Roof Made of?
The material of your roof is also going to effect the cost of installation, but it’s not money you’ll be spending on the service. Instead, you’ll be looking at how well the roof material can hold the panels. Depending on the tracking system of the panels, and whether you even want the panels to move or not, you might want to get an expert opinion. Take for example Spanish tiles and shake, which have to be removed before the panels can be installed. These are things you want to be aware of before doing any installations.
The Amount of Shade Covering the Roof
Remember that solar panels are powered through light and heat can in fact lower the efficiency, in other words, you don’t want any shade on the section of the roof where solar panels are going to be used. In most cases it will be large trees, which can be trimmed and handled. More extreme cases the shade could be coming from a nearby building. If there’s a way you can get around this problem, your local specialist should be able to inform you after looking at your specific situation.
Age and Support
It might not be easy to hear, but your roof has a time limit, and with this time limit comes a level of support it can provide to a solar panel array. Once again, you want to contact an expert in this area and take a deeper look at the condition of the roof.
Once all is said and done, there are a multitude of variables that go into installing solar panels. The good news is that there’s usually a way around the problem. Solar panel prices are at an all-time low, installations are typically quick and in the long run you’ll be smiling.
It’s a fact Solar Panels are getting cheaper
The truth is that solar panel production is at an all-time high, while solar panel prices are at an all-time low and according to the experts, the price drop trend won’t be slowing down anytime soon. To top it all off, more and more advanced technology is coming into play, which means more efficient panels. It may leave you with the thoughts of waiting a little longer and let the price drop a little more and see what the latest models have to offer.
This cycle is never going to stop. Just like new cars and cellphones, solar panels will continue to evolve in affordability and design. Manufacturers like Elon Musk (Tesla) will always be looking for more efficient ways to power the world. This means that you’ll never stop waiting. Amazing technology is available right now, and it can go as far as take you off the grid if you want. Will your roof allow it?
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