The rise of solar panels has made Australia home to renewable energy. One out of four Australian homes uses solar energy. In the past year, solar power technology greatly improved in generating electricity for both businesses and homes. However, there are many factors that you need to consider to determine that solar power is the right option for your home. One main consideration is the roof of your house.
Preparing your roof is the first step to transforming your home into solar power. It is not a good idea to install solar panels on damaged or old roofs. The average lifespan of solar panels is around 20 years. If your roof’s warranty is around only 10 years, you won’t be able to save on maintenance costs. This is because, in the long run, you will need to replace your roof and reinstall the solar panels. You also need to make sure that your roof has enough space to accommodate the solar panels. At the same time, will it be able to handle the extra weight? The best way to ensure that solar power is the right fit for your home is to consult a trusted solar panel repair company to evaluate the situation.
Below are some tips on how to prepare your roofs for solar panels.
Do a roof inspection
The purpose of a roof inspection is to remove any possible barrier that may come along the way upon installing your solar panels. Scan for any damaged shingles, flaws, potential leaks, and weak spots. During the inspection, determine if your roof has already aged. Always remember that solar panels have a long lifespan. So, your roof should last as long as the solar panels to avoid costly maintenance. You also need to determine if your roof can accommodate the weight of the solar panels. Asbestos and plastic roofs are lightweight and may not bear drilling and too much weight load. Slate tiles, although hard, may also not bear drilling. The best types of roof materials for solar panel installation are asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, and metal sheets. A piece of solar panel commonly weighs around 33 to 50 depending on the manufacturer.
Measure your roof space
To properly measure the space on your roof, begin with the eaves. Measure the length and width of the eaves. Count how many eaves are in a row. Count how many rows there are. The formula to get the width of your roof will be “measurement of the eaves times the number of eaves per row.” While the formula to get the length of your roof will be “measurement of the eaves times the number of rows.” From there, you will have an idea of your actual roof size. It will then be easier for you to match the space to be occupied by the solar panel.
Relocate the antennas, fittings, satellite dishes, and vents in your roof as needed
As mentioned, you will need to remove any possible distractions or hazards in the solar panel. This means relocating any obstacle within your roof that may block the solar panel and the sunlight. If your roof is two-sided, you may consider placing the solar panels on the side where sunlight is plenty throughout the day. In case there are roof fixtures on that side, you will need to relocate them on the other end. You can relocate the antennas and satellite dishes by yourself. But you may need to call a roofing contractor to relocate the roof fittings and vents.
Examine the trees near the roof of your house
Besides a roof inspection, you will also need to examine the trees surrounding the roof. Are they casting shadows on it, are there overhangs blocking the sunlight, or are they shading the roof from the sun? If you are going to install solar panels on the roof, you will need to make sure that they are getting enough sunlight to produce the electricity your household needs. In case a tree or the trees around your roof is preventing sunlight, you may need to chop them down or trim their branches and leaves.