The Art and Science of Construction

Is Your Home Ready For Solar Panel Installation? 3 Things To Consider

Being forced to endure brownouts and blackouts has become increasingly common for the residents of many states as existing electrical grids become older and less reliable. When black and brownouts are coupled with electrical outages caused by hurricanes, ice, electrical storms, and wildfire, it isn't difficult to understand why residential solar panels continue to grow in popularity as homeowners actively seek a more reliable, affordable source of electrical power. 

Homeowners who are interested in exploring solar panel installation for their homes can use the following information to help them make the best decision. 

Consider roof condition and design

While solar panel designs have undergone many improvements, most will still add considerable weight to the roof once they are installed. Homeowners interested in having solar panels installed will need to have their roof and its supporting structure of trusses and rafters inspected for potential condition or design issues that could render the roof incapable of supporting the weight of the panels. 

The design of the roof can also be problematic for the installation of solar panels. To be reliable sources of power, solar panels must receive full sunshine throughout the daylight hours.

If the existing roof lines or home location causes the panels to receive too much shade, the home may not be a good candidate for roof-mounted solar panels. In some instances, it may be possible to mount solar panels to supports on the ground instead of placing them on the roof.

Determine the amount of power needed 

Homeowners who are interested in the installation of solar panels on their homes will also need to determine the amount of power the home currently uses. To ensure that the experience with solar power is a good one, your solar system installation team will use the amount of power you currently use to help calculate the number of panels and the size and type of batteries and inverter systems that will be needed. 

Understand the potential issues with a DIY solar installation

Homeowners interested in solar power may be wondering if they can install the system themselves. Since each system must be properly sized and designed for the specific home and its power needs, opting for professional installation by skilled technicians is usually the best option.

In addition, professional installers understand the dangers involved in installing a solar power system on a home that is also connected to the electrical grid. They have the knowledge and technology to install protective measures to ensure the safety of occupants, as well as that of linemen who may be working on the power lines during a grid power outage. Contact a solar panel installation company for more information.