Would you like to make your home more energy-efficient? Are you looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you would like to be more self-sufficient. Solar panels can do all that for you. It may be a costly thing to invest in, but the long-term benefits outweigh the upfront costs.
Before jumping into this amazing opportunity, it is important to consider all the aspects involved. It may not be as simple as buying the panels and installing them on your roof. There are a few things you need to get in order before you follow through with the installation.
Roof Requirements for Solar Panels
Your roof has to meet certain standards and criteria before panels can be installed on it. This will influence the cost to install solar panels on your roof. You should schedule a roof inspection with a reliable roofing contractor. Here are a few things to look out for before installing solar panels.
Do You Need Repairs?
If your roof is damaged in any way, you need to repair it for solar panels to work properly. Once you install the panels, it may be really difficult to repair your roof. Ensure that you get all your roof repairs up to date before installing your new solar panels. Remember that solar panels weigh a lot, so your roof needs to be strong enough to support them. If it is too weak, the panels will only damage your roof further.
Are You Due for A Roof Replacement?
If your roof is nearing the end of its life, it would make sense to schedule a replacement before going through the trouble of installing solar panels. If your roof suddenly gives in while you have solar panels on it, you will have to remove the panels and re-install them after the replacement. This will only cost more money and waste time. You won’t be able to use your panels while your roof is being replaced. It is best to take care of a roof replacement before you install your solar panels.
Does Your Roof Structure Fit All the Requirements for Solar Panels?
Your roof needs to be at the right angle for solar panels to generate maximum power. It is crucial to ensure that your roof has enough space to fit all the panels. If your roof is too small, you won’t be able to supply sufficient power to your home. You also have to ensure that your roof structure allows water to run off without damaging the solar panels. In addition to that, if your roof doesn’t have an adequate draining system, the water will put more weight on your roof leading to possible leaks.
Get the Best Advice for Your Solar Panel Installation
Beemer Kangaroof® has a team of qualified roofers that can do a roof inspection to ensure that your roof fits all the necessary requirements for solar panels. We can also take care of your roof replacement and roof repairs. We will be with you from the beginning as you start your journey toward cleaner energy!