Do you know how many homes in the U.S. use solar energy? As of the second quarter of 2019. Solar Energy Research Data shows that the U.S. has a total of 69.1 GW solar capacity and delivers naturally-made power to 13.1 million families. In the second quarter alone, 2.1 gigawatts of solar energy were added to the electric grid, proving that Americans are now more focused on natural energy production than ever before. So, if you are thinking about buying solar panels for your roof, it is the most ideal time to have a roof inspection, repair, or replacement.
What Is The First Step For Solar Panel Installation?
Making an eco-friendly decision to go green helps your family, your neighbors, and the nation as a whole as we will eventually depend more on solar energy rather than man-made electricity. The first step to making this change is to have a roof inspection to ensure your solar panels will stand the test of time. Solar panels are pricey, but it could be doubly so if you install them on an area that has a deteriorating foundation, flashing, or tiles. Once you get the approval from our techs, you can proceed with your solar plan with complete peace of mind of structural integrity.
Since your solar panel will install them on the roof, your roofing type can affect the installation process. Do not worry as solar panels are designed for just about any roofing style, but how they sit on your rooftop can affect solar energy production since they need to sit at a thirty-degree angle and face toward the south (and in some cases southeast). We understand the solar process, so we also know how to prep your roof for top performance. A solar company may also want to install brackets, but they are not roofers, so having one on-site for this installation will ensure they are put in the best position to ensure your roof does not bear the brunt of the panel weight.
What Are The Best Roofing Material For Solar Panels?
You will find that composite asphalt or shingle roofs are the most common types installed today since cellulose mat or fiberglass works well with solar panels. This type of roofing material is beneficial because they are less expensive, are durable, and can be customized for a home’s curb appeal, and the solar panels will have stability.
- Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing seam metal roofing is a very durable material as they are manufactured with G-90 galvanized steel. Not only is solar installation a breeze to accomplish, but it is also much more affordable when compared to other roof types. Solar panel installers also do not have to put the brackets into a roof’s structure and also environmentally safer since the metal roofing products are manufactured from recycled materials.
Ask any roofer and they will tell you tile roofs are very common in residential homes. It is imperative that you check your tile material before solar installation as it will change the costs because solar companies use the roof type and material to offset labor costs. As panels need brackets, there is also a greater likelihood of tile damage.
Is your roof ready for a new solar power installation? For a full inspection, give our office a call at (978) 977-3816 or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthShoreRoofingMA