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Solar panels are rapidly increasing in popularity, as more and more people are becoming increasingly environmentally aware and choosing solar panels as a way of reducing their long term electricity costs. With solar power becoming more affordable for the average person, it’s easy to see why it’s a smart choice as a means to power your home or business. And while solar panels are relatively accessible, there are some things that should be considered before you install them on your roof.

Make Sure There’s Enough Sun

First things first, in order for solar panels to work well you need one thing… sun! This sounds like an obvious point to make, but not all roofs are created equal when it comes to the amount of sun exposure they get. Make sure that your roof is exposed to enough bright sunlight daily to make the installation of solar panels worth it.

The Condition Of Your Roof

Before considering a solar panel installation, you need to take a look at the condition of your roof. If your roof is older or is in need of repairs, it probably isn’t a great idea to install solar panels before you get those taken care of. 

The Type Of Roof 

The roofing materials used on your house can make a difference when it comes to solar panel installation. Concrete shingle tends to be the best and easiest for installation. Other types of roofing materials that can accommodate solar panels include:

  • Composite
  • Tile
  • Metal
  • Tar
  • Foam
  • Torch-down
  • Wood Shake
  • Gravel 
  • Tar

It is possible to install solar panels on almost every type of roof, however, some materials may require more complex installation or maintenance. Make sure to consult a contractor if you are unsure about the materials used on your roof.

The Shape Of Your Roof

There are many different sizes and shapes to roofs, and solar panels can work well with most kinds, but you do need to take the size of your roof into consideration. If the area of your roof is too small you may not be able to install enough solar panels to get a good return on your investment.

Maintenance

After the installation of your solar panels, you will need to perform regular maintenance on both the panels and the roof underneath. Ensure your roof is in good condition before you install your panels, and then keep up with the maintenance work. Make sure that regular upkeep is something you can access and afford.  

Consider The Extra Weight

It’s very important to make sure that your roof can handle the extra weight load of solar panels. Have a professional inspect your roof and give it the all-clear before you consider installation, as the extra weight could cause a weaker roof to collapse, which can be very dangerous.

Don’t Forget About Rain

Typically, when it rains, the water runs directly down your roof, into your gutters, and drains away from your house. However, the installation of solar panels means that some equipment can get in the way and divert rain flow to other areas of the roof. This has the potential to lead to leaks or mildew, which can cause severe damage to your roof and threaten its integrity. Make sure to have a contractor take a look at your solar panel installation to ensure water is still able to run off your roof properly. 

All in all, solar panels can be a fantastic way to generate electricity for your home or business without damaging the environment. They can also be a very cost-effective energy solution in the long run. However, make sure you set yourself up for success before your solar panel installation to ensure your roof is in good condition and you can get the maximum return on your solar investment. 

Remember, starting with a poorly maintained, weak, or old roof can be dangerous, so please consult a professional contractor prior to installation to ensure the conditions of your roof are safe.