What You Need to Know Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

installing rooftop solar panelsIf you are tired of the rising cost of energy and you want to join the ongoing green movement that many homeowners are taking on with their properties, it could be a wise idea for you to consider installing solar panels. With recent advances in solar power, rooftop solar panels have become more accessible to the average homeowner. A number of tax rebates and credits from local power companies make sure that installing rooftop panels are also more affordable than ever before.

Before you decide to make the investment in rooftop solar panels it’s important for you to check into a few different factors with your roof before you undergo the investment:

A Rooftop Assessment

The first thing you will need to do is properly assess your roof and ensure that it is suitable for solar panels. The average solar panel installation is warranty for up to 25 years. If your roof is a little bit older, you’re going to want to make sure that you can complete work on your roof to replay shingles before solar panel installation takes place. It would be much more expensive to have to remove newly installed solar panels in order to replace the roof. A structural assessment of the materials that make up your roof can also be important. An assessor will need to know if your roof is going to be strong enough to support the weight of solar panels. Here are some tips on finding a great roofing contractor.

Checking for Interference

If there is a chance you may have trees in your backyard or other types of interference that could block light to the solar panels, you could be missing some of the efficiency of the system. It could be wise to trim some of these trees back before installation to make sure that your solar panels are receiving the maximum amount of light.

Choosing the Type of Solar Panel

You’ll need to choose between a photovoltaic system or a thermal system for heating your home or water. Choosing from different types of systems can help to make sure you can benefit in multiple areas of your home.

Contact the Electricity Company

After your roof has been approved for solar panel installation you will need to speak to utility company. This can help you learn more about how you will be reimbursed for your involvement with solar panels on your roof. Some utilities may also charge you a connection fee in order to patch you into the electric grid.

If you are ready to get a roofing inspection to start installing solar panels, contact our professionals today to see if your property would be a good fit for these green energy products.

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Wiley FanningThis post was written by Wiley Fanning, a solar energy expert, at Efficient Home Services. EHS is the premier company for solar panels Tampa. EHS provides services across the spectrum to address every aspect of your home’s energy inefficiencies. They focus on making home energy efficient and then eliminating your energy bill with solar!