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Is Your Roof Ready for Solar Panels?

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If you’re looking to use solar services to power your home, you’re likely wondering if you actually have the roof for it. The best solar services will be able to install solar panels on a wide range of roofing types, but there are still factors that can effect the ease of solar installation.

Solar installers usually find roofs made of composite or asphalt shingles the easiest to work on. Fortunately, composite shingles are also the most common roofing type available, and the least expensive.

Flat roofs can also work fairly well with solar panels, though it may cost a little extra to install framing and racks that allow the panels to meet the sun at an angle. Metal roofs are another great option for solar panel installation, and the best solar installers can even work on more delicate roofing materials like wood shake and slate.

Often, the angle of your roof actually matters more to the quality of your solar service than the material from which it’s made. Though good installers can work around most roof issues, it’s ideal to have a south-facing roof that receives a lot of sunshine. This will ensure that your panels get the maximum amount of sunshine. Southeast or southwest facing roofs will work fairly well too.

The ideal pitch for a roof is between 10 and 20 degrees, but flat roofs can work with the right framing and mounting structures–it may even give you a better angle, since installers can control it.

It’s also important to consider the age of your roof. If you’ve got a roof that will probably need replacement in a few years, don’t put solar panels on it until you’ve fixed the roof. It will be much easier for everyone involved to do both installations at once. If you’ve got a fairly new roof, it’s probably a better time than ever to install solar panels.

Ask your installer any questions you have about your specific roof. For more about this, go here.

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