Solar power for your home is a smart move.
You've done the homework and, like a growing number of North American homeowners, reached the conclusion that solar power for your home is a smart move. The next step is to take a look at your roof and determine if a solar installation is feasible.
There are many great reasons homeowners are converting to solar power. Beyond the obvious reduction in utility bills, solar panels are friendly to the environment, add value to your home and get their energy from the most renewable source of all: the Sun.
What are the best roof types for solar panels?
Best types of roofs
Shingled roofs with asphalt shingles are ideal for installing solar panels, and coincidentally it's the most common type of roof on homes in our region of the world. Panels install fairly simply on flat roofs, although a little more work may be required to angle them in the direction of the sun.
Most tile and metal roofs can accept solar panels. For other types of roofs, consult with a professional installer.
Roof age can be a factor
Installation of solar panels is best on roofs that still have about 10 to 15 years of life left in them. With an older roof that needs to be replaced now or soon, installation can be problematic and result in damage.
Removing solar panels during a re-roofing project will increase the bill. If your roof is nearing the need for replacement, it might be best to do both jobs at the same time.
Direction of the roof
The section of your roof where panels are installed should face a direction in which optimal sunlight can be absorbed. Typically, south-facing roofs are exposed to the most sun hours every day. East- and west-facing roofs also can work.
This is another point to discuss with a solar contractor, who will be able to see your home in person and offer practical advice.