Using solar power as a primary power source or as a backup during emergencies is becoming an increasingly popular option. This is especially true with residential homeowners. Many homeowners looking for solar power options discover the ability to have solar power options installed on their roof. Before you discuss this option with your roofing contractor, there are a few things you should know about installing solar roofing.
Solar Panels or Shingles
The first thing to know before installing solar roofing refers to the options you have. You have two basic options, solar panels or solar shingles. There are, of course, pros and cons to both options. Solar panels are ideal if you are considering solar energy as a backup source for power outages or as a replacement for a fuel-powered generator. If you are wanting to use solar energy as a full and primary power source, then solar shingles may be a better option. If you are unsure how much power you can pull from either source, discuss the options with local residential roofing services.
There is a misconception that solar panels or shingles can simply be installed and the power source works. The truth is, you will need a power inverter to allow solar energy to work for your home. A power inverter takes the solar energy that is stored in the panels or shingles and converts it to usable energy for your home and the power grid of the property. This inverter can be placed in your home for ease of access. It can also show a readout of how much energy is being converted at any given time.
You will need a roof inspection before your solar panels or shingles can be installed. The roofing stability is vital to the installation and holding up the braces of the panels or the shingles. Keep in mind, panels will be installed over existing roofing shingles with a slight elevation. Solar shingles are placed directly on the roof in the same way as other shingles or tiles. If the roofing area has any issues, it can cause damage to the solar panels or to larger areas of the roof itself.
These are just a few things you should know before installing solar roofing or having your roofing contractor install it for you. If you believe you are ready to have solar energy installed on your roof, contact your contractor. They can perform an onsite consultation and discuss which options would be best for your current roofing situation. They can also answer questions regarding related fees and installation deadlines.