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Are Solar Panels Bad For Your Roof?

By June 24, 2020 No Comments

At Vision Solar we receive a broad range of questions before the installation process begins for solar panels. We always make sure that each question is addressed fully and answered with customers always coming first. A deep consideration for your concerns allows us to help you work through this technical process. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive involve your roof. Are Solar panels bad for your roof? In order to answer this, we have broken the process down of how we consider every aspect of your roof when installing your residential solar panels.

 

Initial Assessment:

Prior to any installation, we always make sure to assess your current roofing. If the current roofing is in good condition, then we will be able to choose the correct panels for your roof. Your panel selection depends on your roof’s size, location, and also your budget. Vision Solar offers monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, and thin film solar panels. Each of these panels offer a specific benefit for your home.

  1. Monocrystalline Solar Panels:

Monocrystalline solar panels are among the oldest technologies. Their construction consists of a silicon crystal ‘seed’ being placed in a vat of molten silicon. The seed is then slowly drawn up with the molten silicon forming a solid crystal structure around the seed, called an ‘ingot’. This silicon wafer is then turned into a cell. This process has been developed and worked on for years. Because of this, they do include a slightly higher price because they are the most advanced.

  1. Polycrystalline Solar Panels:

Polycrystalline panels are a newer technology that are almost as equally efficient as monocrystalline panels. Their construction is different because the vat silicon used is allowed to cool rather than drawing the silicon crystal seed up. Their construction alters their efficiency. However, over the years, polycrystalline panels have been fairly popular within the market because of their ability to perform very similarly with monocrystalline panels at a lower price. Polycrystalline panels are continuously being improved every day.

  1. Thin Film Solar Panels:

Thin film solar panels are among one of the cheapest options for your solar panels. However, because of their low efficiency we recommend one of the newer sets of panels. Their efficiency is among 10% to 13% lower than the other two types of panels that are offered. Thin panels are the cheapest options of panels. They are very beneficial for specific kinds of roofing.

 

Design of Your System:

After determining which panel is perfect for your home, we then take this to our office and begin the designing of your system. To prevent any last minute changes, we make sure everything is checked and finalized correctly. Our employees use their incredible skills to look at the satellite image of your home and create a customized layout plan for your solar power system. The exact measurements and imaging allows for fewer errors and an agreement of the amount of panels that will not be changed later. The accuracy of this design saves you time and money.

 

Finishing Touches:

After installation we make sure to have everything inspected about both your roof and also our installation. This allows you to know everything is safe and up to code. Your solar panels can benefit your roof underneath by extending the roof’s lifetime. Having people you can trust with your home is of utter importance to us.

 

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