Is My Home Suited to Solar Power?

As solar power technology becomes more effective and affordable, many New Jersey homeowners are considering this investment. But is your home’s roof suitable for solar installation? And will a solar system be able to meet your home’s energy needs? Here is some helpful advice from our home solar team in Morris County, NJ.

Roof Type and Condition 

For home solar installation, a strong and durable roof is essential. Asphalt shingle, composite, concrete tile or standing seam metal roofs are all a good fit for a solar installation. It’s still possible to install a home solar system if your roof is wood shake or clay, but it is important to then choose an installer who has experience with managing this type of project.

In many ways, the condition of your roof is more important. If it is near the end of its lifespan, it’s a good idea to replace your roof before installing your home solar system. The panels we use have a lifespan of around 40 years, so having to replace a roof after the panels are installed can be a complex job.

Amount of Sunlight on Your Roof 

In order to be effective, solar panels need to be exposed to a significant amount of sunlight. Our solar installation team can do a full evaluation on your roof’s orientation (ideally, the panels should be South-facing) and how shaded it is. Modern solar panels are designed to be very efficient even in low-light situations, but too much shading simply won’t produce the amount of power your home needs. There are several solutions, however, including placing panels on a different side of the roof or trimming back trees.

Another factor that determines your home’s suitability for solar power is your local climate. While they can work in cloudy/rainy climates as well as hot/sunny ones, it’s a good idea to ensure that the technology you are installing is best suited to your local climate. This includes durability and ability to weather harsh winters or storms.

Need Home Solar? Speak to the Specialists in Solar Installation in Morris County NJ 

At Greenhouse Solar, we offer the latest in powerful, reliable and affordable home solar systems. As a small local company, we specialize in home solar in Morris County, NJ, and our fully-certified and experienced team is ready to design, install and maintain your solar system, ensuring you get all the benefits of clean, affordable energy. We are an authorized dealer of SunPower solar systems, the same solar cells that NASA use to power the GROVER Project. To find out more about residential solar in Morris County NJ or solar installation in Morris County NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at