The recent rise in demand for metal roofing is a sign that a growing number of homeowners are looking for greener home solutions. One solution is a roof-mounted solar energy system. The photovoltaic (PV) cells in a solar panel convert light and heat energy from the sun into usable electricity for your home. The additional power can reduce your dependence on the supply from the electric company and, in areas that get plenty of sunshine, can even be enough to make you go completely off-grid.
While the advantages sound completely tempting, solar panels are not recommended for every home. There are many considerations that you must make before you decide to put this clean energy source up on your roof.
The Hows and Whys of Solar Energy
The biggest reason more and more people are turning to solar panels on their roofing systems is to reduce their energy bills. These systems are custom-built to fit on the roof no matter what type of roofing you have. Their modular construction also allows homeowners to increase or decrease their power generation by adding more or removing panels. Some homes even produce an excess of electricity, which they then supply back to the grid, earning them additional money along the way.
Considerations Before Installation
The power your system can generate will depend 100% on how much sun your home gets. In Minnesota, for example, homes pretty much get sunshine half the year. Consult with your local solar energy if a solar panel is practical for your home’s location.
Before solar panels can be installed on your roof, it helps to discuss the project with your roofing contractors as well. They can also help prepare your roof for the installation.
Talk with our professionals at Garlock-French Corporation to see if a solar energy system is right for you. Give us a call at (612) 722-7129, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We also offer gutter cleaning services. We serve homeowners in St. Paul, Minneapolis and other nearby areas.