If you’re a homeowner who is interested in solar panels for your house, our team at Green House Solar in NJ is here to help. Residential solar panels have skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade or so, partly due to the fact that many home solar systems are more affordable than in years past, and partly due to people wanting to take advantage of free, renewable energy to power their homes.
You may be wondering if solar panels can be installed on your roof. While it’s true that the majority of roofs are suited for solar panels, we’ve outlined some of the most important aspects that can help you decide. Our team is also happy to inspect your property and give you a professional assessment.
What kind of roof do you have?
Roofs made from durable materials like concrete tile or asphalt shingle are best-suited for solar panels. Solar panels require a strong base to which they are attached, and most modern roofs are made from strong materials. However, other roofing materials like slate tile and wood shake can also support solar panels, but you’ll need to work with an expert solar installer who has experience working with these roofing materials.
What condition is your roof in?
It’s easy to forget about maintaining your roof. Unlike plumbing and electrical systems, it’s common for homeowners to only pay attention to their roof if they notice a major problem, like visible cracks or storm damage. Considering that most solar panels have a life span of 35 years, your roof needs to be in its best condition before installation.
How much sunlight does your roof receive?
South-facing roofs are generally best for solar panels, but other factors including shading and roof angles also impact how much sunlight your roof receives. Solar panels don’t need full sun to generate electricity, and we recommend having your roof assessed by a professional. You can also check your roof’s suitability by using Project Sunroof from Google.
What is your local climate like?
Solar panels use both direct and indirect sunlight to generate energy, and solar panels are suitable in many different climates. Check with a local solar company to learn more about how your climate will impact the amount of energy your solar system can generate.
If you’re considering installing a home solar system and would like more information, or if you have any questions about solar power, please contact our team at Green House Solar today. Discover why so many homeowners choose us as their trusted solar panel supplier.