What You Need To Know Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels
Solar power is growing rapidly across the US. We’ve now installed enough solar panels in this country to power over 23 million homes! As the cost of solar power coming down and more people realize the benefits that solar panel installation brings, that number is sure to go up.
If you’re thinking of installing rooftop solar panels, there’s still some information you need to know. In this post, we’re going to tell you everything you should consider when it comes to solar installation. Keep reading and you’ll be equipped to make this life-changing decision.
How Rooftop Solar Panel Work
Rooftop solar panels harness the energy of the sun with photovoltaic (PV) cells. With a solar inverter, the power is converted into the alternating current (AC) electricity that your home uses. Depending on how many panels you put on your roof, you can cover your entire energy usage with your solar panels.
When you find an installer, you’ll consult with their experts about how many panels you should add. From there, they’ll send someone to make sure your roof can handle the solar panels, then they should have them up and running in a matter of days.
The Many Benefits of Solar Energy
A lot of people are still put off by the up-front cost of solar panels, but that doesn’t give you the entire picture. The amount of savings you get from not paying monthly energy bills combined with the available rebates and incentives means that you can break even on your panels in just a few years.
The biggest incentive is the federal ITC, which allows you to claim 26% of the cost of your solar panels on your federal taxes. In Ohio, we have a net metering policy that allows you to sell your excess power back to the grid for credits on your bill. We also have Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which can earn you extra money on the side.
Aside from the financial benefits, it’s an amazing feeling knowing that you’re doing your part to lower the carbon footprint. Solar is growing, but if we want to slow the effects of climate change, more people need to invest in solar and other forms of renewable energy.
But… What About Your Roof?
As a roofing company, we’re uniquely qualified to advise you on the effects solar panels can have on your roof. Any good company should test your roof’s integrity before allowing you to install solar panels. As long as they’re installed correctly, solar panels shouldn’t damage your roof at all.
It’s important to look at your roof’s warranty before installing the panels as well. By adding the extra weight to the roof, you may void your warranty. That said, installing solar panels can greatly increase your home’s overall value.
If you want to install solar panels on your old roof, it can be beneficial to have a professional roofing company take a look at it first.
Finding the Best Installer Near You
Now that you understand more about rooftop energy, you can find a great solar company near you. Ohio is one of the best states to go solar, but it’s important that your roof can handle what you’re throwing at it.
Visit our site to learn more about our roofing and siding services. If you need any repairs or an inspection before installing your panels, don’t hesitate to contact us at Guaranteed Roofing. We pride ourselves in providing the best service in the greater Cincinnati area.