While having natural, renewable energy sounds like a good deal, you’ll have to check if your home has the right conditions for the best solar solutions. Here are 7 things you should know about before having solar installed in your home.
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Switching to Solar
Can Your Roof Handle Solar Panels?
The state of your roof can determine whether or not solar tiles are a good idea. If your roof looks beaten or if it has been at least 7 years, you may want to have a new one installed first before putting in solar. The good thing about Century Roof & Solar is that our Bay Area solar company also provides roofing services, so if you need a roof repair or replacement first, we can do it all at once.
Does Solar Justify The Expense?
Get your previous 12 months’ electricity bills and take a quick look. This should give you a rough estimate of how big you need the solar tiles to be and if you can get any rebates. Does your electricity bill average around $100 each month? Then it may be a long time before you see the ROI. But if you’re all for a greener environment, less carbon dioxide and for free energy, then go for it!
Does Your Area Get Enough Sunshine?
The best places for solar panel installations are on roofs facing the southern area, large backyards and garages that have little to no shade. You’ll need to get more sun hours on average to get the most out of your investment.
What Does DSIRE Say?
Take a look at the DSIRE website (http://www.dsireusa.org/solar/) and see if you can get tax credits or cash rebates toward a new solar system and the amount of money you can get back.
What Does Your Homeowner’s Association Say?
Make sure your HOA gives the okay sign by checking up on state and city laws that prevent HOA interventions. If so, you’ll want to opt in for BIPV, or building integrated photovoltaic cells that can be built as part of your roof.
Get A Quote
A good solar panel installer should have NABCEP certification or similar state authorities; if they work as an electrician then you should check them for a contractor’s license as well. Moreover, the company should have at least 2 years’ worth of experience and can provide references if asked. Finally, the solar contractor should have a good track record with its previous clients.
Get A Second Or Third Quote
Know all your contractor options before coming to a final decision. Each company should be able to give you a quote on the time period when you can expect investment payback and how much money you can save overall. The acceptable pricing range in California should be somewhere around $3 to $4 per wattage.
Contact Century Roof & Solar for a Roofing and Solar Estimate
For professional solar installation that will last, contact our expert East Bay roofing contractors for a roof inspection and solar estimate. If your roof is in need of repair before solar panel installation, we’ll repair or replace your roof first to ensure the job is done right, the first time. Contact us online 24/7 or call our office at 1-888-233-7548.