You have decided on solar panel installation and made the choice of a roof mount over a ground mount. But does your roof need an inspection? How old is it? Is it ready for solar panels? Adding solar energy to homes or businesses is a growing trend. One that is expected to continue in 2022, so let’s find out what you need to know about roof readiness.
Crumbling shingles, sagging spots, and leaks are telltale signs that a roof needs repairs, and possibly replaced. When adding a solar installation any issues should be handled prior to the install. Talk with your installer to learn the steps they take. Learn if a third party is needed for an inspection, and whether or not the attic space, rafters, beams, and other relevant components will be evaluated. Special note* the average lifespan of solar panels is 25 to 30 years. Keep this in mind when examining the condition of your roof.
Roofing materials come in all shapes and sizes. They can be clay, slate, wooden, even wooden. But the most popular choice for homes across the country is asphalt or composite shingles. Most of the materials used to roof a home or business work well when adding solar energy. A professional solar company will be able to assess the type of material you own and give you insight into its feasibility.
Homes and businesses come in a variety of designs and construction. Some may be southern facing and get more direct sunlight throughout the day. While others may have more room for solar panel installation. These details also add to what you need to know about your roof’s pitch and unique setup. An experienced team has most likely dealt with almost every roof type under the sun and will be able to guide you through the appropriate steps. No matter the layout, solar panels not only lower monthly bills and combat climate change but also act as a protective barrier to your roof.
Congratulations on the choice to incorporate solar energy into your life. We hope that you learned a little more about the importance of the condition of the roof and some of the steps in the installation process!
Yellowlite is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Our team has years of experience in residential and commercial solar projects. Request a quote or learn more about starting your system setup by contacting us today!