Over the past few years, solar energy has become more popular than ever. In fact, it is believed that over 16 million US households own solar energy systems, with the number increasing every month. And it’s easy to see why so many people are willing to give solar energy a try. Not only can solar reduce your energy bill, but it also helps protect the environment.
However, while almost any home can accommodate solar panels, there are a few aspects that you need to consider before switching to solar.
The Size of Your Roof
Roof size is very important when it comes to solar panels. More specifically, your roof needs to have a minimum of usable surface area for it to support solar panel installations.
The required area varies depending on your local building codes. But usually, your roof needs to provide pathways for access and ventilation to clear fumes, smoke, and heat in case of a fire. If you want to learn more about your specific requirements, you’ll have to reach out to a local roofing contractor.
The Type of Your Roof
It’s essential to remember that not every type of roof can hold the weight of solar panels. For instance, gravel and tar roofs are not suitable for solar installations. On the other hand, asphalt roof shingles are durable enough and can support solar panels with ease.
The Age of Your Roof
Generally speaking, your roof needs to be under 10 years old before any solar panel installation. Otherwise, its structural integrity might not be able to withstand the weight of a solar energy system. If your roof is over 10 years old, you might want to schedule an inspection to see if its condition allows for solar installation.
The Condition of Your Roof
As previously mentioned, older roofs are usually in bad shape and require a professional inspection. During one, a contractor will check the roof and attic for signs of damage, leaks, and even make sure that it has proper ventilation.
Besides damaged shingles, you may need to replace other components of the roof, such as vents, flashing, and underlayment. Your roof’s decking also needs to be inspected to make sure that it is in good condition before proceeding with the solar system installation.
You need to keep in mind that repairing your roof first means there won’t be any need to remove solar arrays later down the road in order to fix a roof-related problem.
If you plan to install solar panels, you should first contact a contractor such as Tadlock Roofing. Our team is able to inspect your roof and figure out if it’s suitable for a solar installation. We can also fix any issues that we come across, without the need to fully replace your roof. By choosing our services, you help ensure that your roof lasts for years to come.