Solar Panel Roof
Homeowners who install solar panels on their roof may benefit from lower utility rates, a lower carbon footprint, and potentially earn tax credits. Before doing so, however, it is important to assess your roof first, especially if you have an older home.
Very frequently homeowners who install solar panels before determining the health of their roof will need to have the panels removed and reinstalled by the solar company which typically costs between $1,500 – $4,000. Here are three things homeowners should consider before installing solar panels.
Make sure solar power is appropriate for your home.
Solar power in Maryland may not be as effective as solar power in warmer, sunnier climates. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be an option. Panel technology has improved over the years to get more energy from less sunny days.
Another thing to keep in mind is not only your general climate, but your home’s particular environment. If you have lots of trees or taller buildings that cast shadows over your roof for a large portion of the day, then solar power may not be beneficial. If your roof gets a lot of exposure, however, it is a good candidate for solar.
Make sure solar power is appropriate for you.
While cost has declined over the years, solar panels are still expensive to install. You might look at the benefits of leasing vs. buying solar panels.
If you have not already done so, it may be best to look for other ways to make your home energy-efficient. Consider using compact fluorescent lights or LED lighting in your home, using appliances sparingly, and installing more efficient windows and doors.
Ensure the roof can support solar panels.
When installing solar power, it’s not only important to judge how much sun exposure your roof gets, but whether it can support your choice of solar panels. Solar panels usually have 20-25-year warranties, so if your roof is only expected to last a few more years, you should take care of the roof repairs (or replacement) first before installing panels.
Even if you believe your roof is in good shape, or is not very old, have a licensed roofing contractor perform an inspection. A professional will be able to give you a better idea of the health of your roof, and whether it can structurally support solar panels.
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