There is a surge for preserving the environment. Every business sector is investing in ways of getting things done without harming the environment. Everyone is trying to go green. If you choose to go green and make your house energy-efficient, then you need to have all the cards on the table first. Installing solar panels may involve a roof replacement. Here are some factors to consider before installing them.
The Condition of Your Roof
Installing solar panels is bound to put your roof under a certain level of pressure. There will be contractors walking on it, drilling into it, removing and replacing shingles, and so on. You need to be certain that your roof can take all this.
Additionally, your roof will have to carry the weight of the solar panels from here on. On average, solar panels weigh 40 pounds each. You will need quite a few depending on your home's energy needs. Your roof needs to be in good enough condition to handle this weight without falling through. If not, then you might need to consider roof replacement before you have the panels installed.
Roof Water Runoff
Your roof is designed to drain rainwater to the gutters and away from your home. When the panels are being installed, some of the equipment used, like wire harnesses and racking, can interfere with this design preventing free water drainage. If not done carefully, the panels can redirect the water into places that can either cause leaks or damage the equipment.
To prevent this from happening, let the contractors know in advance how the drainage system is set up. With such concerns in their minds, the contractors will be able to find ways of installing the panels without hindering the drainage system. This can save you a lot of money spent on repairs.
Like any other home improvement project, you need to factor in the cost you are going to incur. The average cost of installing a solar panel system is currently between $17,760 and $23, 828 for a 10 kW system.
Again, the number of panels and their wattage are determined by the energy consumption in your house. It is also essential to consider whether you want the solar panels to be the only energy source or work as a backup. All this, whether you need roof replacement before installing the panels will determine how much you will spend on having your house go green.
Contact a residential roof installation service in your area to see if you need a new roof before installing solar panels.