Whether it’s in a field, on a plane, or even floating in a reservoir, solar energy systems can be successfully installed just about anywhere. Roofs however, are one of the most common spaces for solar panel installation, and this is especially true for residential solar energy systems.
While it’s entirely possible for a homeowner to have a ground-mounted solar energy system, many homeowners lack the space needed to make this a reality. As such, roof-mounted solar panels are pretty much the norm.
But not all roofs are created equal, with some being better suited for solar panels than others. So what makes a roof a good match for solar? Pitch, orientation, size, and age are among some of the most important considerations, with material being especially important.
Generally speaking, solar can be installed on almost any kind of roof given that it’s structurally sound and in good condition, however some roofing materials work better for solar panels than others, such as:
Also known as asphalt, composite is one of the most popular residential roofing materials. Composite shingles are typically made from a cellulose or fiberglass mat with added asphalt and other minerals to form a strong, durable final product. Composite roofing materials have many advantages in terms of cost and value, and are one of the best options for solar panel installation. Solar panel installation on composite or asphalt roofs is relatively quick and easy.
Tile roofing can be made out of many different materials, with clay and concrete being among the most common. Not only are tile roofs visually appealing, but they’re also incredibly long-lasting, energy efficient, and low maintenance. In addition, tile roofs are a great match for solar, though the panels will most likely have to be mounted on brackets designed to lift the panels above the roof. And like composite roofs, installing solar panels on tile roofing is relatively simple.
Not only are metal roofs incredibly durable and long-lasting, they’re also a great fit for solar panel installation. Metal standing seam roofs make solar panel installation incredibly easy and straightforward, which means reduced labor costs. Thank to their standing seams, installers usually don’t have to drill holes to install solar panels on a metal roof. Instead, the mounting system can be clamped directly onto the seams of the roof.
Regardless of what kind of roof you have, GreenSpark Solar can help you make the switch and save with clean, local energy. With over 16 years of experience in solar panel installation, we’ve seen and done it all. Ready to raise the roof on solar savings? Contact us to to learn more about residential solar!