Most of us are looking for ways to cut down on spending and reduce our impact on the world around us. One of the easiest ways to help at home is by reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy. But that means we need alternative ways to power our homes. Solar panels can be a great addition to your home when done correctly–especially for homeowners looking to make their home a more energy efficient and eco-friendly place. But poorly installed solar panels can result in a very messy and expensive problem for homeowners. Following are some common mistakes to avoid if you are considering a solar installation for your home.
The Roof Assessment
Your roof is likely to be older than your solar panel installation, so it’s important to have it properly assessed before installing your panels. Your roof assessment should consider the age, strength, and condition of your roof in terms of the lifespan of solar panels. Solar panels typically last about 20 years before needing replacement, so your roof shouldn’t need any structural repairs before then. Your roof should also be strong enough to handle the weight of the installation and in good enough condition to hold the installation for its lifespan.
While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to make sure that you’re having your solar panels installed properly. A poor installation can result in inefficient solar panels and damage to your roof and drainage systems by way of holes, leaks, moisture buildup, and ice dams.
Leaving your panels unprotected on your roof can lead to nesting from various types of birds, causing possible long-term damage to your solar equipment as well as your roof or drainage system’s integrity. Similarly, rodents can damage the wiring and other interior workings of your solar equipment. Owl decoys and squirrel guards are a couple of simple, overlooked methods for avoiding this kind of damage to your solar panels.
Contact JC Solar Today!
If you have any solar needs in Maryland, contact JC Solar, LLC. at 443-204-6551 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our solar powered products will help make your life easy, environmentally safe, and cost efficient! We’re conveniently located in Marriottsville, Maryland and proudly serve all of Maryland as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Arizona. Contact us today!