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Today, solar panel costs are more affordable than ever. There are good reasons why. Solar panels cost less today than they did just a few years ago. This decrease in cost is often referred to as “learning by doing” –the more solar panels are built and deployed, the cheaper they become but people are still asking “Is My Roof Good for Solar Panels?” Due to economies of scale and competition between companies, prices have dropped dramatically.
We’ve answered a few questions below, most often asked by our customers before a Glyde Solar installation. If you have any additional questions or want more information about Solar Power, contact us today!
Glyde’s priority is to make sure that your roof is in good shape and can handle a solar installation. Our team will come out to assess your home and discuss the project with you. Solar panels are designed for long-term use, so we want to ensure our system will be able to power your home for years to come.
We also have a worry-free comprehensive warranty. If a defect should occur in our solar panels within the first five years, we will repair or replace them at no cost to you.
What’s your Roof Made of?
Most American homes have asphalt shingles for the roof – a material suited to handle solar panels. If you have metal, tile, or rubber roofs, these will also handle solar installations. We’ll determine your roof type during your site survey and help design a system based around it!
Does your Roof have layered Shingles or Tiles?
Solar panels can be fairly heavy, so they need a solid roof to hold them. The added weight could put extra stress on your roof and create more damage than it’s worth. That’s why we inspect your roof before we install your solar panels. We’re committed to lasting relationships with our customers, and that trust starts with our knowledgeable technicians who will ensure the right products are installed properly in your home or business.
Roof Position can play an Essential Factor
The angle of your roof plays a significant role in how much solar energy you can capture. The optimum angle for most roofs is different based on your position to the sun. If your home is built into the side of a hill or facing an open field, looking into pole mounts to extend the panels toward the sun may be an option.
Our solar experts work with your architects, electricians, and other team members to ensure that your home can go solar. We do all the work but let you know what we’re doing so you are informed every step of the way. Solar panels are made to be installed on a south-facing roof or wall. They must face the sun with nothing blocking their exposure to the sun’s rays. North-facing systems are possible but will not produce as much energy and require more panels than those in the south. Shade, whether from trees or buildings, can decrease solar panel efficiency. If a shaded area is unavoidable for your home, we can still design a system to capture some energy.
How Much Sunlight is Enough?
To generate solar electricity, panels need to be installed in an area with excellent southern exposure and enough sun throughout the year. The amount of sunlight that hits your roof varies throughout the day and over each year. The NREL has excellent maps showing average daylight across the US. Our technicians use these resources to help determine the optimal solar layout for your home. They will then design a system based on those calculations and use that information to estimate how much energy you’ll produce with your system.
What if Something Happens to my Roof?
No need to worry about your roof! At Glyde, we offer comprehensive protective measures to ensure that your roof remains in pristine condition, with no hidden costs! That way, you know your panels are installed with the care and attention your home deserves.
Go Green with Peace of Mind!
With Glyde Solar Getting started with solar panels is easy! There are a few key things you should know about before making the switch, and we’ve got them here. We hope this information helps you on your way to a smart home. We’re here to answer any other questions you may have during the process, so start with a free quote on your home today!