Is Your Roof Suitable for Installing Solar Panels? A Brief Guide

There has been a 34.6 percent increase in energy costs since 2022 began! If you have ever wanted to go solar, the time is now.

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels on your roof, you may have heard about all the benefits you can get from them. Solar systems are well known for providing uninterrupted energy at a lower cost than traditional electricity. 

Before installing solar panels, you will need to find out if your roof is a good candidate. Here’s a look at some of the things that make your roof ideal for solar panels.

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The Roofing Material

The type of roofing material that is used to build your roof can have an impact on whether it is suitable for installing solar panels. The good news is that the materials of most modern roofs are compatible with solar panels. 

If you have asphalt roofing, solar panels can be installed without much hassle. However, standing metal roofs are the most compatible types of roofs for solar panel installation.

If your roof is made of wood or slate, these are not ideal, but an installation can take place with some adjustments.

The Pitch of the Roof

The pitch of the roof is also very important when you’re installing solar panels. There must be some tilt to your roof so that the solar panels can be easily installed. 

However, if you have a flat roof, you can still install solar panels, but you will need racks to support the panels.

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Roof Orientation

If you live in the Northern hemisphere, your roof should face south for a proper installation of solar panels. This allows your solar panels to soak up as much light as possible so that you get the maximum benefit from them.

There are ways around having a roof that is not facing in this direction, so if you are willing to pay a little more you can have them installed. Be prepared to install racks to make up for the lack of proper orientation.

You can consult an expert at one of the Blue Raven Solar locations to assist you with a workaround for a roof with poor orientation.

Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

Installing solar panels is one of the best ways to ensure that you save on energy costs. The benefits of solar panels are many and while there is a lot that goes into the installation, over time you will save a lot more than you spend for the installation. 

If you plan to have your solar panels installed, you need to be aware of the three factors discussed here as they could affect the overall price of your installation. However, even if you do have to spend a little bit more, it will be worth it in the end.

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