Ashleigh AngellOctober 25, 20183360
When you’re ready to install solar, you aren’t the only one who needs to be prepared. Your home also needs to be prepared to go solar. When you install solar, your solar installer is also going to ask if your home is solar ready, so obviously, you’re going to need to know what that actually means. Read this blog to learn exactly how to make sure your home is ready so that when your solar installer asks you that question, you’ll be able to reply with a confident, “yes.”
Assessing your roof.
The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your roof for its age, its space, and what it’s made out of. In some cases, you may need to completely replace your roof. Something to consider, however, is getting solar shingles. If you get solar shingles, you’ll be able to replace your roof with your solar system. Click here to learn about four companies offering solar shingles besides Tesla.
The first thing you’ll need to consider is the age of your roof. If you’ll need to replace it before the next 25 years, you’ll want to do that now. This is because if you do it while you have your solar panels, you’ll have to uninstall and then reinstall them to replace your roof, which is going to end up costing you a lot more.
The next thing you’ll need to consider is what your roof is made out of. Two materials you’ll really want to avoid is slate and cedar shingles. If you have either of those, you’ll want to replace your roof with a better material that isn’t as fragile and complicated to install on.
Finally, you’ll need to consider how much space your roof has to figure out if you can fit the solar panels you need on top of it. If you can’t, you might want to consider getting ground-mounted solar panels, instead.
Figure out the direction of your roof.
Another thing you’ll need to assess is which direction your roof is facing. If you’re facing the south, you’ll get the most out of your solar panels. If you’re facing the north, however, you’ll get the least. If you’re facing the north, you again may consider getting ground-mounted panels, instead.
Look at the amount of shading on your roof.
Another thing you’ll need to watch out for is how much shade is on your roof. If the shade on your roof is just caused by a couple trees, you’ll want to trim those back. However, if you have severe shade from artificial objects, you’ll either need to figure out how to work around them or again, consider ground-mounted panels.
Electrical upgrades may be required.
Another thing you’ll need to look at to get your home solar ready is your electrical system. If yours is really old, your installer may ask you to completely replace it. This is because not having a sufficient electrical system could cause your solar system to not function properly, as well as cause it to stop working completely. When it comes to going solar, your electrical system is just as important as your roof’s condition.
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