Some of the most common questions we hear are, “Is my home right for solar?” or, “Is My Home a Good Fit for Solar?” These are valid questions you would want an answer to before moving forward since solar is a long-term investment. Before buying a solar system, it’s key to first determine if your roof is a good candidate for solar. In this blog we’ll answer your question, “Is my home a good fit for solar?” with a few general things to look for. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have specific questions about your home.
Is my home a good fit for solar?
To answer this, let’s think about the following factors to help us decide if your roof is a good candidate for solar:
Roof Type and Condition
First and foremost, your solar panels will obviously be affixed to your roof, so it’s key that your roof can safely hold them. Solar is best for roofs made of composite or asphalt shingle, concrete tile or standing seam metal. It’s possible to install solar panels on other roofing types like wood or clay, but you’d want to work with a solar professional who has experience with these types of material. Further, solar panels typically last up to 40 years, so if your roof is on the verge of needing to be replaced, it’s best to do so before you install your solar panels to avoid having to remove them to replace the roof down the line.
Minimal Shading and Climate
Solar panels need direct sunlight to create energy for your home. If your roof is largely shaded or you live in a climate that does not experience a ton of sunlight, solar panels might not be right for your home. The good news is that Northern Colorado receives plenty of sunlight, so as long as your roof isn’t frequently in the shade, your home is well on its way to being perfect for your new solar panels. You can also quickly use Google’s Project Sunroof to see if your home is right for solar. You can also contact the Northern Colorado solar installers at Sandbox Solar for a free evaluation and estimate.
And finally, in order to install enough solar panels to meet your needs, your home must have available space for the panels. If your roof has obstructions or many dormers, it might be hard to fit your panels on your roof. We can typically get creative and find a solution for your unique roof, but the more space the better.
Solar is one of the best financial and environmental decisions you can make for your home, but it’s not for every home. Sandbox Solar in Northern Colorado offers FREE consultations to help you determine if your home is a good fit for solar. As your local solar provider, we’ll never upsell you or install a system that isn’t suited for your home. We partner with you to find a solution that works for your home or building. Contact us for more information about installing solar on your home or building.