Are you growing weary of high electric bills? If so, you may have thought about a solar panel installation. You have likely heard of the various benefits of this form of alternative energy. Perhaps you have also heard that some rooftops are not ideal for a solar panel roofing installation. If your roof is not compatible, it does not mean that you cannot take advantage of solar energy. The alternate installation site for solar panels is installing them at ground-level, which is referred to as a ground-mounted installation. Here are a few factors that can determine if your home is a good fit for a solar panel roofing installation.
Orientation of Largest Area of Roof
This is in reference to the direction that the largest area of the roof faces. Solar panels need adequate sunlight to power the solar cells. Solar panels will produce the best energy when they are installed in the south, east, or west areas of rooftops. If the largest area of the roof is on the northern side of a home, the panels might not produce optimal energy. An inspection of your roof can be done to determine orientation if you do not know how to make the determination.
Size of the Roof
Before the installation, an inspection will be performed to determine how many panels that will need to be installed. This calculation has to factor in any oddities in the roof such as a chimney or vents. The size of your home will determine how many panels you will need to ensure adequate energy. There needs to be enough space to install the recommended number of panels.
Age and Condition of the Roof
A solar panel installation has an anticipated lifespan of at least a couple of decades. Prior to the installation, a roofing inspection will be performed. If your roof is nearing the time for a roof replacement, the installer will likely recommend getting the roofing upgrade before the panel installation. This will ensure that the panels do not have to get extracted and re-installed.
Type of Roofing Material
Most common roofing materials are compatible with a solar panel roofing installation. However, roofing materials that are susceptible to deterioration might not be a good match for a rooftop installation. Slate and wood are examples of materials that might not be ideal for a solar panel installation. Homeowners have the option to choose a ground mount or transition to different roofing material.
If you feel like you want to get a solar panel installation, a roofer is a good resource to use to understand more about the installation and the dynamics of your roof. They can perform an inspection and determine if your roof is ideal for an installation on the rooftop or ground.