5 Questions to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

With each passing year, solar panels continue to grow in popularity. Last year, a new solar installation was finished every 100 seconds.

There are many benefits of solar panels. Two of the largest ones being environmental impact and cost savings. Though a solar panel will have a higher cost upfront, it will save you a ton of money in the long run.

Installing a solar panel is a big decision and you need to consider every factor at play. Consider these important questions from expert Marin County roofers, ARS.

Is your roof strong enough to support a solar panel?

 This is one of the most important questions to ask before installing solar panels. If your roof is damaged and needs repair or it is nearing the end of its service life, it will need to be fixed before proceeding with solar installation.

If you proceed with the installation before repairing or replacing your roof, you will have to dismantle the system, address roofing issues, and reinstall the system in the near future.

Have a solar panel installation expert inspect your roof to determine whether it needs additional support to hold the weight of the solar panel.

How energy efficient is your home?

 In addition to assessing the condition of your roof, you need to determine the energy efficiency of your home before installing a solar panel. Suppose your HVAC system is on its last legs or you have improperly sealed doors and windows. In that case, it may be cost-effective to make energy efficiency improvements before proceeding with the installation.

Are you eligible for rebates and financial incentives?

 To encourage homeowners and businesses to go solar, the federal and state governments offer several varieties of incentives.

The federal solar tax credit or investment tax credit allows both homeowners and businesses to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar system from their federal taxes. The percentage rate decreases incrementally every year (26 percent in 2020 to 22 percent in 2021 and finally to 10 percent in 2022). So, the sooner you install a solar panel, the more you will save.

Are there any specific HOA guidelines regarding solar installations?

Many homeowners associations impose limitations concerning the sizing and placement of solar panels. It is best to check with your HOA before proceeding with the installation.

What type of solar installation is right for your home?

 Different types of solar installations include ground-mounted systems, solar carports, and standard roof installations. When choosing between these options, consider your available space, energy needs, and your roof’s design.

Need help with choosing the right solar panel for your home? Let ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar help. We are a trusted roofing company in Marin County. Our team is made of solar panel and roofing installation experts who know everything there is to know roofing. To discuss your project with one of our pros, call (707) 584-5900.


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