Is your Home Ready for Solar
Are you interested in getting solar for your home? Start with deciding if your home is ready for solar or if you will need to make some changes before your solar is installed.
Roof Age – How old is your roof? If your roof is more than 20 years old, you may want to get it replaced before installing solar or at least think about replacing the area under where the solar panels will be installed. The solar panels can be removed and re-installed if you need to replace your roo after your solar is installed, but dealing with it before you install is more cost-effective.
Material of the Roof – If your roof is made of cedar shingles or slate, then installing solar panels can be difficult. Cedar shingles and slate are more fragile and are considered tricky for installing solar. Some installers will work with those materials, but the installation costs will be higher.
Space Available – Is there ample space for solar panels on your roof? The area needs to be available on the side that the sun shines the longest, usually on the south side. A solar professional can help you determine if your roof has room for solar panels and if it makes sense with your roof’s structure. Solar systems can also be installed on the ground with special racking, as long as you have an area that is not shaded and has plenty of room for the array.
Uninterrupted Sunlight – You want to make sure that your solar system gets plenty of sunlight for it to be effective. You need to make sure that you do not have shade on your solar panels from trees or a house next door, etc… If you do have large trees that shade your roof, you may want to trim the trees to prevent shading and keep them trimmed to make sure they won’t shade your solar panels in the future.
Electrical System – The solar system will be connected to your home’s electrical service panel. Depending on the size of the solar system needed for your family’s energy needs, you may have to upgrade your service panel. There are building codes that installers need to follow, and this will be part of the overall process. Choose an experienced solar installation company that can explain what is needed for your homes electrical infrastructure and follow the building codes needed for permitting.
Are you thinking about having a solar system installed? Call one of our experts at New Day Solar for a free, no-obligation consultation at: (855) 444-6329 or visit us online at: www.newdaysolar.com.
We have been installing solar systems in this area since 1988 and will always answer all of your solar questions honestly.