Protecting Your Roof While Installing Solar Panels
With catastrophic climate change worries and many people worldwide trying to do their part to effect positive environmental changes, more people today than ever before are working to incorporate solar energy sources into their home or office locations. Governments around the world have even begun to set time frames for cities, states and countries to increase access to renewable sources of energy.
Keeping the fact that solar is an environmentally friendly source of renewable energy and one that can not only help lower a power bill but can also potentially help increase property value, property owners need to know how to protect a roof when installing solar panels. Since solar panels are installed on the roof, home and business owners want to know how safe they are and whether they can cause damage.
With the skilled installers that work on solar installation today and with the safe install kits and panels, you have nothing at all to worry about when it comes to damage from solar panel installation. Something you should consider, however, is making sure you take the right steps when you are planning to have solar power installed at your location. Thanks to SheltonRoofing.com info guide, here are some important steps to take to make sure your roof is ready for solar and that it remains safe throughout installation.
Choosing Solar Panels
You might know this, but you’re going to need to choose between photovoltaic and thermal panels ahead of time. Photovoltaic panels will immediately convert the sun’s rays into energy that can be used for home lighting and electrical as well as heating water and air whereas thermal panels will store the heat from the sun to be used primarily for water heaters and indoor heating systems. Most homes today use photovoltaic panels to adequately power the home. The type of panels used will not only determine what is powered by them inside the home, but they are installed in different ways. Be sure to speak to your installer to find out how they handle installation of both types and make sure your roof is compatible for the type of solar panel you need to use.
The Power Grid and Net Metering Credits
One important factor that you will need to learn about it getting connected to the local power grid. You will need to speak to your local electric utility office to find out about connecting to the grid and about net metering and how they handle it. Some states and local utilities will credit you back for unused solar power that is returned to the power grid and some credit higher than others. If you plan to use your credits to help offset the cost of your new solar system, learning about net metering and how much you can expect in credits is important.
A thorough roof inspection is recommended before you schedule a solar company to install your panels. If the roof needs a few minor repairs, get them now instead of waiting until panels have been installed. If your home is surrounded by large trees or you have recently planted trees that will one day be large and possibly encompass the roof, you may want to remove the trees so they will not shade the roof where panels must be able to access sunlight.
Take Time for Research
Before you call the first solar installation company listed online, take time to speak to several to get a good idea of who they are. Check company reviews online and take time to dig a little deeper to ensure they are licensed and insured. Ask upfront what they offer in their warranty and how many years they warranty the system, panels and their physical installation. Checking to see how long they have been in business is a good idea as you do not want to hire someone who just started and may not be around for long. Ask for a quote and be sure to compare the quotes to see if they are comparable. A low price may sound good on paper, but with the cost of solar power systems today, you want to hire someone who has the experience and overall reputation for quality work rather than someone who just offers a low price to install. A good installer will be the best way to ensure your roof, and the solar power you are having installed, will stay in good condition and work as efficiently as you want it to once the installation is complete.
Another good thing to do is start planning by purchasing energy efficient appliances and fixtures, including low flow commodes as well as insulated windows, energy efficient light bulbs and other power saving items you can use at home. Taking small steps to save energy is a great precursor towards making a large investment with a solar power system, and both are great ways to lower pollution, keep energy bills lower, and conserve natural resources while making your home or business an efficient power house.
by Tom Masters