Going green with solar is no doubt one of the smartest decisions any household can make in regard to harnessing sustainable energy. However, getting the most out of your home solar setup is not as simple as attaching several square footages of solar panels on your roof. Fortunately, at Lumina Solar, we understand all that quite well. So, let’s discuss the top three things anyone considering home solar installation should first know.
Roof Shape and Material for Solar Panels
The shape of your roof impacts the amount of direct sunlight your panels stand to receive. This means that it also affects the amount of energy that can be harnessed. You must have probably figured out by now that a standard gable roof is perhaps one of the most suitable for solar installation. However, adjustments can still be made to your existing roof to get the most out of your solar panels. Composition shingle and concrete tiles roof are also great for installation. A clay-tiled roof, on the other hand, is not very ideal due to the high risk of breakage. Before installation, our technicians at Lumina Solar conduct a site visit to assess a multitude of factors on the roof, such as pitch degree, shading, and shape.
Direction of Your Roof
Solar panels need to be angled directly toward the sun in order to soak up as much sunlight – ergo energy – as possible. If you live in an area that already receives plenty of sunlight, that’s a great first step. Depending on your geographical location, the roof that faces direct sunlight for the better part of the day will be the ideal choice of solar panel installation.
Condition of Your Roof
Solar panels have a substantial weight. Additionally, installation may require drilling supports into your roof. Therefore, a structurally sound roof is preferred to perform the installation. Our technicians at Lumina Solar will assess and recommend repairs, if necessary, before installing your home solar setup.