Commitment: Readying Your Roof for Solar Panels
The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in America reports that PV solar panels cost 60% less – and that solar electrical systems cost 50% less – than in 2010. As direct costs continue to drop, there are states, like wintery Minnesota, where solar energy is economically competitive with traditional sources of energy.
Chaffee Roofing has been repairing and installing commercial and home roofing in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and beyond, for three generations. The family-owned company stands ready to install a state-of-the-art solar panel energy system on your roof; one that is renewable, affordable, and fits in with your brand’s commitment to our environment.
To commit to receiving 25 years or more of energy from a system of solar panels that are soaking up the rays from the sun, you must first make sure that your roof is ready to do its part.
1. Does your state, city, or neighborhood, have rules about the installation of solar panels on roofs?
Not all states, cities, and neighborhoods welcome solar energy as a renewable energy source for its citizens. In fact, some states are vehemently opposed to it. In a recent article, the LA Times looked at the policies that some sunny states like Florida and South Carolina have in place to prevent the installation of solar panels.
So how do you find out what’s allowed in your location?
An established roofer who has completed several successful solar panel installations in your geographic area will be able to advise you on any existing policies connected to solar energy.
2. Is your roof in a good position to receive the rays of the sun?
Not all roofs are created equal; some have better lighting than others. It is possible that nearby tall buildings or towering trees may render it difficult for a solar panel system to absorb sunlight from your roof, or perhaps south-facing panels would be highly difficult to install. A trustworthy roofing expert can evaluate whether your roof sits in a space where it can take in the sun’s rays.
3. Is your roof in good shape?
If your roof is not structurally sound before you install solar panels, serious damages can ensue. For example, solar panels mounts can cause structural damage and leaks if they are installed on shingles that are not able to support them. Again, a trustworthy roofing company can evaluate your roof as to its readiness for the installation of solar panels.
4. Is your roof strong?
Although solar panels are lighter than they used to be (80% lighter in the case of this panel, designed by an Australian company) the average roof panel will add about 40 pounds of weight to your roof, and you will likely need several to meet your energy needs.
5. Will your roof stand with your solar panels for about 25 years?
An evaluation of your roof’s longevity is essential prior to installing solar panels. Say your roof will need to be repaired in two or three years; your solar panels would have to be professionally removed and reinstalled as part of your roof’s fix. An established roofing company will be able to advise you on whether to repair your roof before going solar.
As you consider whether to install solar panels on your roof, you should know that you are not alone: America is on its way to embracing solar power as a reliable source of renewable energy, with the number of our fellow Americans who work in the solar industry doubling from 2012 to 2017, to about 260,000 workers.