Installing solar panels is a big investment for your home. So before making such a big commitment, we recommend that you make sure your home is a good candidate for going solar! Peak View Solar's engineers custom designs your system to accommodate the unique features of your roof. Some features will impact the effectiveness of other features of your roof. There are 5 common factors that will determine whether your roof is a good candidate for solar:
How much shade does your roof get during the day? This means shading that may occur on the roof for the prime solar hours 9am to 3pm. Most common cause of shading is trees. We suggest you have trees professional trimmed to limit the shading on your roof. In some cases, removal might be necessary. The fire department would like to see a clear zone 30 feet from your home.
Some items on the roof may make some areas on the roof useless for solar. Chimneys, swamp coolers, vent pipes and surrounding buildings can block the sun’s path to your roof and cause large areas of shading.
This is were our design engineer's shine! We conduct a shade analysis of your roof, and the engineers avoid these areas to save you money. No use paying for a solar panel if it will never produce energy.
When we talk about roof direction, we mean the direction your roof slopes down. Is the down slope to the west or east? South is usually the best. Here in Colorado, we have the added feature of mountains. Depending on how close you are to the mountains may mean an eastern slope would be best. But all roofs are different. Our site surveyors will document each roof section, so the design engineers talk advantage of the best spots on your roof.
The size of your roof can limit the number of panels that can be installed. The larger the system, the more energy production you can produce to offset your home’s energy needs. Your roof will need to be large enough to accommodate multiple solar panels to produce enough energy.
If you do not have the roof capacity to hold enough solar panels, you can install a ground mount anywhere on your property. This is a great option to still incorporate solar into your home, while working around roof space.
The angle of your roof can also impact your energy production. We recommend installing solar on rooftops that are between 15-45 degrees. This is the ideal roof angle range for maximized energy efficiency. We also install ballast systems on flat roofs, which have angled solar panels that face the sun to harness power!
If your roof will need to be replaced within 1-3 years, we recommend replacing your roof before installing your solar panels. This will ensure you do not have to remove your solar panels shortly after they are installed to replace your roof. While your roof does not need to be brand new to install solar panels, it does need to be free from leaks and damage. You will likely need to replace your roof during the lifespan of your solar panels. However, removing and re-installing solar panels can be quick and easy.While these roof conditions are ideal for going solar, there are many options for each home. Reach out to one of our solar experts at https://www.peakviewsolar.com for a free, customized quote. We will install solar that’s right for your home!