Having solar panels installed on your roof is a big job that will completely change how you consume energy. But before you can start reaping the economic and environmental benefits that they provide, you need to evaluate the strength of your roof to find out if it can handle a system. This is integral to ensuring the safety of you and your family and cannot be overlooked. Here, Vision Solar examines some important solar roof safety factors to keep in mind.
Before having solar panels installed, check the status of your roof to make sure it doesn’t need any repairs. If your roof is close to the end of its warranty, consider having it replaced now so you don’t have to take the solar panels off down the road. Other repairs that might need attention include cracked or warped shingles, excessive holes or tears, and sagging areas.
Adding solar panels to your roof will increase the weight that the roof has to withstand. How much weight is added will depend on the number of solar panels installed, but expect it to be significant. If your roof is old or has a rotting or sagging structure, then it may not be able to handle the extra weight.
To avoid this safety hazard, consult with Vision Solar to get an estimate of how much your solar panel system will weigh. If you do not think your roof is up to the job, consider having it repaired or replaced before installation starts.
Shape, Size, and Slope
Roofs have many shapes, sizes, and slopes. These characteristics will impact how many solar panels can be installed on your roof. For a solar panel system to be a wise investment, you need enough panels to collect an ideal amount of energy that significantly reduces your monthly bills. Ask our team if your roof has the right shape, slope, and size for you to get an optimal return on your investment.
For your solar panel system to work, it has to be connected to the local energy grid. While each community has a different setup, there are some factors you should consider, including:
- Any fees that you may have to pay
- If net-metering is available and how much you will be credited for generating energy
- How long it will take for your system to get hooked up
These important details can be learned by contacting your local utility company.
How to Get Started
To protect your family and home’s structure, make sure your roof is in the right condition to have a solar panel system installed. We recommend having any issues before starting the installation process so you can enjoy a long-lasting roof and solar panel system without worry. To learn more about solar roof safety or the specifics of solar panel systems, contact Vision Solar. An experienced and knowledgeable member of our team will be able to answer your questions so you can get started today.