A Quick Look At What's Involved With A Solar Panel Roof Installation

Your roof is an ideal place to install solar panels so the panels will be out of your way. Plus, there may be fewer shadows and less shade on the roof. There are different installation methods for solar panels, so they can be put on all kinds of roofing.

Here's what solar panel roof installation entails.

Calculate The Number Of Panels You Need

The solar roof professional will calculate the number of panels you need and the size of the wiring needed based on the amount of electricity you consume in a single day. These calculations also help determine the size of the storage battery. Once you know the equipment you'll need, the company can plan out how to place the panels on your roof.

Get The Roof Ready

Your roof should be in excellent shape before solar panel installation is done. This could mean you'll need a new roof. Your roof should be inspected by a roofer to determine if it needs work before solar panels are put on.

You might also need to cut back or take out trees if the trees cast shadows on the roof. The solar panels need to be put where they get as much sun as possible to perform optimally. If shade is in the way, you may need to remove it if possible.

Mount Solar Panels

The solar mounts may attach directly to the roof deck in the case of asphalt shingle roofing or to the roofing itself in the case of standing-seam metal roofing. The installation crew takes the necessary tilt into consideration too since the panels probably won't be flat against the roof. Once the solar panels are mounted, it's time to connect the electricity and battery.

Connect Power

The solar panels are connected first to the inverter. Then the inverter connects to the electrical panel and the solar battery. Once the inverter is turned on, the panels can start generating power. Power will go to the battery too, so your home will have backup power when the sun goes down.

It could take a few days to complete all of this work, but that depends on how many individual solar panels need to be installed. When the system is installed, the panels start producing electricity as soon as the sun starts shining on them.

The electricity they produce is then converted into usable electricity for your home and for the storage battery. Your system will also have a meter that monitors how much electricity you produce, use, and send to the grid. If you also have a battery installed, you may not need to use much electricity from the grid any longer since your home will draw it from the battery instead.

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