If you’re looking to install solar, the first step is preparing your roof. Solar panels are heavy and can damage shingles or tiles if not installed correctly. Installing solar takes time and effort, so it’s best to start with a solid plan before beginning work on your roof. Here are tips for getting your roof ready for solar:
Clear off any debris from the surface of the roof
The first step is to clean the surface of your roof. Make sure no tree branches or other obstructions are interfering with the installation
If there are any tree limbs or bushes in the way, trim them back so that they don’t interfere with installation. If trees are too close to power lines, it might be dangerous for workers and could result in fines from local authorities. Make sure the area is safe before beginning work. You don’t want to have issues with workmen’s comp or your homeowner’s insurance for accidents that happened on the job.
Measure out where the solar panels will be installed (considering access for maintenance)
Remember that solar panels come in different sizes, so take measurements of your proposed solar system before starting the work. You don’t want broken tiles later because of backward installation. Unless you’re going to use a whole-home solar system, you’ll have a specific area where you will place the panels on your roof. Ensure that there is enough space for them, and they can easily be accessed from ground level if needed later on for maintenance purposes. Having an electrician do this work ensures accuracy as well as compliance with local building codes or regulations.
Inspect shingle material (if needed, replace old shingles with solar-compatible shingles)
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, it’s essential to check if they are solar-ready. If so, you can begin installation immediately. However, some older roofs might not be compatible with the weight of panels, and their materials will need to be replaced first before beginning work on installing solar panels.
Newer models even come in styles that look like natural wood or slate tiles. You can also paint shingles to blend with the colors of your roof so it looks more aesthetically pleasing after installation.
Best solar roofs
There are various types of solar roofs. The choice depends on the size and shape of your roof, how much space you have for installation and your budget.
These are a great low-maintenance alternative to traditional panels because they’re virtually indistinguishable from regular asphalt shingle tiles after being installed. However, these only tend to produce around 80% of the energy that traditional panels would, so it might be better to go with standard panels if you need a lot of solar power.
These are another excellent option for people who want something more visually appealing than traditional paneling on their roofs. They come in smaller sizes, which makes them easy to install and manage. The price of these tends to be higher than standard panels, so they might not be the best choice if you’re on a budget.
These are the most common type of solar roofing you’ll see. They are a great option because they take up less space than other models, and it’s easy to find professionals who know how to install them properly. The downside is that these might not blend in as well with your roof, so if aesthetics matter, then one of the other options might be a better choice.
Best choices for homeowners
Standard solar panels are a great choice if your budget is on the lower end and you have enough space available in your yard or on your roof. This is the most common type of panel you’ll see, and it’s easy to find professionals who know how to install them properly.
If aesthetics matter more than sheer convenience or power output, then solar shingles might be the best choice, depending on what kind of look you’re going for. Solar shingles blend in well with the tiles on your roof, while solar tiles give you a smaller but less bulky option if space is limited.
Whatever kind of panels you choose to go with, make sure that they’re high-quality and have been tested thoroughly before going ahead and making any final decisions about installation! Remember you’ll be living with your panels on your roof for a long time, so you want them to have been made by the best.
Solar panel installation can seem daunting at first but it’s pretty simple when done right! Ensure that if you’re going through the process yourself or hiring someone else to do it, they are knowledgeable about the process and have worked on solar installations before. For the best results, contact Advosy professionals today.