Solar Panel Installation and Your Roof – 3 Factors to Consider
March 9, 2017
Installing solar panels can be a great move for your North Carolina home or business. But considering the fact that solar panels last 25 to 30 years and are costly to remove, it’s smart to make sure the roof underneath them is up to the task.
Here are three factors you’ll have to consider if you’re planning to install solar panels on your roof:
- Space – First, you’ll need room on your roof to install enough solar panels to handle your target energy load for your solar system. An open, south-facing area where installers can group all the panels together is best, but there are options if you need to break up the installation into smaller groups.
- Shade – Shade from chimneys, satellite dishes, nearby buildings, and other structures can cut energy production from your solar panels substantially, so placement will be based on where sunlight is most directly accessible. You’ll also have to think about trees – both your own and those in neighboring yards (even small ones that might grow to be problems in 10 or 15 years).
- Durability – Solar panels last a long time and can be costly to remove, so your roof structure and shingles need to be up to the task of surviving that long, too. Heavy or active water damage in the attic, old age, and other problems can create challenges for your solar installation; if you have these issues, it’s best to take care of them before you move on installing your panels.
If you have any of these issues with your roof, don’t worry – we can still work with you to find solutions! Our expert installation teams will address the problems so you can start reaping the many benefits of solar energy today.
Considering a high-performance solar solution for your North Carolina home or business? We’ll find one that meets your unique needs and budget. Contact us today for a FREE estimate!