If you’ve ever looked at the market, there’s a wide variety of different residences out there ranging from single family homes to town homes, condos, manufactured homes, and more. As many different homes as there are, there are also as many different roof types. No matter your home or your roof type, installing solar panels on your residency is as easy as calling the experts at SunPro Solar.
Installing Solar Panels Includes the Following Types of Roofs
As we’ve said, there are a variety of different kinds of roofs that homeowners can install solar panels on, including the following kinds:
- Clay or slate tiles
- Asphalt shingles
- Concrete tiles
- Wood or cedar tiles
- Rubber roofs
Installing solar panels on these different roof varieties necessitates different installation techniques, but experts can safely and efficiently install a brand new solar power system on any kind of residential or even commercial roof.
Wooden and Cedar Roof Tiles
Wooden and cedar roof tiles are common to older homes. While many homeowners with older homes ask themselves if they’re good candidates for solar power, the good news is they are. In order to install solar panels on wooden or cedar roof tiles, solar power installers will drill a stud into the tiles and insert flashing underneath the wooden or cedar roof tiles in order to prevent leaking. By installing solar panels in this manner, homeowners can rest easy that they can gain more energy efficiently and without concern for leakage.
Installing Solar Panels on Clay Tile Roofs
In Southern California, many homes have traditional Spanish tiles on the roof. This is also a part of a Mediterranean trend in home building. Traditionally, these tiles are made of clay. As any homeowner with clay tiles knows, they are extremely fragile and can break very easily.
This is why when installing solar panels on a clay tile roof, experts take extra precautions. This means the experts will remove your clay tiles to mount racking feet, metal hooks and flashing directly onto the home’s roof. Then, new tiles will be inserted above these to conform with the home’s aesthetics. In some cases, expert installers may place a new metal piece in its place instead.
Asphalt Shingles- the Most Common Type
The most common type of roof material is asphalt shingles. These affordable shingles are very popular with home builders. Because they are so common in residences, installing solar panels on asphalt shingles are easy and straightforward. Installers will typically drill studs, install panel mounts and flashing to prevent any water from creeping in.
Some homeowners have really artistic homes and use metal roofs. Installing solar panels on a metal roof isn’t as complicated as one would believe- it’s actually as easy as either clamping solar systems onto a raised metal seam or drill holes and add flashing to prevent any water damage.
Concrete Tiles or Rubber Roofs
Concrete tiles and rubber roofs are less common, but are still found in multifamily units. In order to install solar panels on these roofs, solar power installation experts will install tilted or slanted metal racking in order to hold up the solar panels at the exact angle necessary to gather solar energy. Alternatively, a ballast system might be used as a weighted racking system to hold solar panels in place.
As you can see, installing solar panels on a variety of different kinds of roofs is not difficult. Homeowners can take pride in knowing that the experts they’re working with at SunPro Solar can do it all. For more information or to take advantage of solar power, call (951) 678-7733.
When considering a switch from electricity to solar power, it’s important to listen to the good advice of not only your solar power provider but your solar installation experts. After all, you wouldn’t take solar installation advice from your gardeners or your neighbors. It’s important to get the right information from the people who know best how to install and amplify your solar power. You can’t start gathering solar power and selling enough credits back to the electric company if you don’t listen to your installers when it comes to installing solar panels at the right angles, how to maximize usage and clean your solar panels. Consider the following reasons why you need to listen to your solar installation experts:
Your Solar Installation Experts Know How to Help You Gather the Most Energy
Think about it- your solar installation experts know what they’re doing. They’ve worked with hundreds or thousands of homeowners just like you- nervous about how solar energy will work out for them, hopeful that solar energy will lower your energy bills and that one day you might be able to sell energy credits back to the electric company in order to make money instead of spending it on your utilities. It’s a tense process in the beginning. But take comfort in the fact that your solar installation experts know what they’re doing and they know how to help in the following ways:
- they can calculate your energy demands for a new solar installation and the household’s energy usage
- they know how to take things such as tree shade into account when performing a new solar installation
- they can estimate the size of your solar panels necessary for a successful installation and system size in order to provide the most bang for your buck
- they can take your budget into account and provide you with real life options that can turn you onto other options in order to reap the benefits of clean renewable solar energy
An experienced solar installation expert knows what they’re looking for when they come to your home. They know your energy goals after a conversation to confirm their suspicions. An expert such as this is seeking to help you lower your energy bills and help you to start making money.
Make Sure You Have the Best Solar Installation Expert on the Job
When you’re considering a change from electricity to solar power, you need to make sure you have the very best solar installation expert to do the job. With such an investment upfront, you can’t afford to mess around with a fly by night company who claims to be all things to all people. Do your research and ensure that your solar installer is asking you the right questions and seeking to help you as best they can.
When homeowners start to think seriously about the benefits of installing solar panels, one of the most common questions that comes up is how long do they last? Many homeowners are new to the process, not sure whether they’ll have high maintenance fees or if they’re at risk for additional replacement costs more often than they’d like. The truth is that homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief. Solar panels last a lot longer than you’d think.
How Long Can Solar Panels Last if Maintained?
The good news is after a solar installation, homeowners can look forward to your panels lasting in the range of 25 years. Think about that- in 25 years, your children will grow up happy and healthy, your baby sapling trees will grow large and your car will have been replaced for the latest and greatest model multiple times. 25 years is a very long time. It speaks to the durability of solar panels and their low maintenance. These panels face the brunt force of the elements- wind, rain, sunshine, snow, or even hurricanes or twisters. The good news is in California, we won’t have some of the most extreme weather and can enjoy some of the best weather. However, maintenance is still necessary.
The average rate of degradation of solar panels is about .4% per year. What this means is that even if they degrade over time, your new panels will be operating in the high 80’s to mid 90% over the years. With gentle maintenance, you’ll still be reaping the benefits of solar panels for years to come. A great solar power company can help you frame your expectations, teach you how to maintain your solar panels, and offer you support.
Tips For Extending the Life of Your Solar Panels
We can’t control the weather. Depending upon the weather, your panels can experience debris, high winds, beating down rain or hail, and more. This can wreak havoc on anything from your car to your motorcycle to even your home wherever you’re located. However, you can do the following steps to extend the life of your solar panels:
- Find an Exceptional Solar Power Company to Partner With. The best companies are all about customer service. Would you consider buying a new solar power system from someone who would abandon you completely? No. Do your homework and partner with an exceptional solar power company so you’re sure to receive the best customer service for installation and helpful hints throughout the life of your solar power system.
- Keep an Eye on Your Solar Panels. You should actively monitor your solar panels, whether that means clearing debris off of them after high winds, or cleaning up the results of what appears to be sick birds. It’s helpful to ensure your solar panels are not damaged, excessively dirty, or deteriorating from a lack of attention and maintenance.
Solar energy systems can potentially last you around 25 years. That could be 25 years of your family enjoying freedom from high energy bills, earning money from energy credits, and reaping the benefits of solar power. How long can your peace of mind last with clean, renewable energy?Read More
National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) New Calculator Helps Building Owners See if Solar and Storage Can Benefit Their Building
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a new free online tool that allows anyone to enter in a building’s information and receive an estimate on how much solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) would be required to maintain critical loads powered during an emergency.
The REopt Lite web tool was designed with energy managers, community partners and building owners in mind. Here are some key functions:
- evaluates the economic viability of grid-connected PV and battery storage,
- identifies sizes of systems and operational strategies to minimize energy costs, and
- determines system sizes required to sustain critical loads during a specified outage period.
New features let users determine the benefits and costs of a solar and storage system enhances to power necessary functions such as, lighting and refrigeration, during an outage.
These newly optimized tool has an easy-to-use interface. Required data is simple such as building location and electricity rates. This tool allows users to analyze solar and storage systems for any commercial buildings, including but not limited to, schools, libraries, multifamily housing units.
ReOpt calculates and generates estimates for the ideal solar and storage system size the building will need to meet two design goals:
- Create Financial benefits. Many tools can evaluate the economic benefits of solar, however, adding a storage system into the equation makes things much more complicated. The main economic benefit of adding battery storage for commercial customers is to reduce demand charges. Demand charges range from 30 to 70 percent of a monthly utility bill for commercial clients. Storage batteries can directly target and manage periods of high electricity demand, which save commercial clients substantially.
- Create Resilience benefits. Making sure a commercial building can withstand an outage is now the second most important goal for clients. Recent disasters in Florida and Puerto Rico, where outages contributed to devastation, have brought to the limelight the importance of power resilience. The tool provides building owners and emergency planners straightforward tools to determine how to make buildings more resilient.
REopt Lite allows users, for the first time, to factor in economics and resiliency together-two goals previously considered independently- in a simple, side-by-side comparison.
The REopt Lite tool allows its users to determine how financially beneficial an avoided outage gives users, by permitting them to assign and adjust a value. This feature makes it possible to consider the financial benefit of improved resilience. Enhancing customization and accuracy, another new feature permits users to incorporate existing on-site generation, like a diesel generator into their evalutation.
The above features and full resilience tools were collaboratively produced
with Clean Energy Group through its Resilient Power Project. Funding support is thanks to The Kresge Foundation and the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program and Solar Energy Technologies Office.
Here is the link to the calculator: https://reopt.nrel.gov/tool
For all your commercial solar panel installation needs, contact SunPro Solar today 951 678 7733.Read More
We’ve seen a lot of growth in the Solar Industry, and, as a result, we have also seen a lot of companies come and go. Why, do you ask? It’s due to how companies define their success. Many homeowners are in a panic due to the inability to dissolve their solar contracts with their current solar power contractor, even if that company is no longer around.
How does a solar power contractor define success? In a number of ways: Gross Sales, Wattages Sold, or even the total number of installations.
At SunPro Solar, we have been in business for over 10 years. We define success by quality installations and happy customers. We welcome our customers into our SunPro Solar family because that is the dynamic we strive to create. A long lasting bond reinforced with a genuine, caring staff. Not all solar power contractor businesses are the same. SunPro Solar is not looking to make a quick buck, but to deliver the best quality solar installations. We have over a thousand happy customers and over eleven thousand kilowatts installed, but our priority has always been establishing an excellent reputation through quality work as your solar power contractor.
How can you, the customer, know which solar power contractor is the best choice for your Solar project?
We recommend doing some research. Look into companies, parts, and the installation process. Call the offices, ask questions and communicate with contractors. A little time invested can yield big rewards and avoid headaches in the long term.
At SunPro Solar, we support our customers by offering honest answers and making ourselves available.
Here are some topics for you to look at when choosing the best company:
* Check with the BBB and State Licensing Board for any complaints towards the company from previous clients.
* Check with the State Licensing Board if a solar power contractor has a State License that they’re current with.
* Check to make sure the companies Worker’s Compensation and General Liability Insurances are current.
* Check that the employees are NABCEP PV installer verified and that you are getting proper and quality work done.
* Check Google, Yelp, Facebook, BBB, etc. for reviews on the solar power contractor.
* Ask to call prior customers of the company for references and referrals. Even customers from a few years back.
* Make a list of your concerns, wants and needs and ask the solar power contractor questions to make sure all your needs are being met.
* Make a visit to their office and meet the employees and see how the business is operating.
* Ask about Financing availability, including leases and PACE.
* Ask if the solar power contractor is outsourcing the labor.
* If so ask which company they are outsourcing to and do the same research on them.
When selecting a solar power contractor, follow the above tips and take your time. At SunPro Solar, we are happy to help you during your decision making process. In Southern California, SunPro Solar is your premier solar panel installation company.
We are happy to help you with any Solar Panel questions you have:
951 678 7733