Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof
When you add solar panels to your roof, how do you prepare your roof surface? Do you need a new roof or can you have the panels affixed to your existing roof? As the installation of the panels is costly, you need to make sure your roof is in good condition to prevent having to remove the panels for future roof repair.
Adding solar panels to your roof involves the installation of mounting brackets that are carefully and securely mounted to prevent roof leaks, while withstanding windstorms. The technician also installs wiring that connects the solar panel to an inverter that feeds into your home’s electrical system, converts electricity from direct current to alternating current, and connects your home to the electrical grid. Once an electrician connects the wiring to the electrical panel, an inspector from your city or county will check your system and approve you to start using it for electricity production as you can see from The Architects Diary blog. The whole process can take 24 to 72 hours to complete all the steps.
Getting Your Roof Ready for Solar Panels
Since solar panels are intended to be a permanent addition to your roof, the roof itself should be in excellent condition before the installation occurs. If your roofing contractor finds loose, raised, or damaged shingles, dirty areas of the roof that indicate shingle damage, or evidences of leaks or stains on walls or attic, your roof might need attention. The same is true if your energy costs are high, as this may indicate ventilation problems. Your goal in installing a solar system is to have trouble-free electricity production, and you do not want the condition of your roof to interfere with the process.