Solar Panels and Your Roof: Pros vs Cons

Solar Panels and Your Roof: Pros vs Cons

As the call for clean energy boons, Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels have become a common sight adorning the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. 

You may be considering investing in a PV solar energy system, but there are stipulations your home and roof must meet before they can be installed. Along with structural integrity  considerations, your roof and panels must be ready to withstand the 20-25+ year lifespan of each. The start up installation costs can be high, especially if a new roof is needed, resize 74but over time a secure roof and PV system will pay for themselves!

Benefits of Installation:
Length of use (25+ years)
Low Maintenance & Durable
Practically eliminate electric bills
Overall monetary savings over time
Lower your homes carbon foot print resize 75 2
Totally silent, no sound distribution
Increases the value of the home

The solar panels of today have advanced significantly compared to their older counterparts, but their functionality remains unmatched in conserving energy and reducing your carbon footprint. They’re easy to maintain, only sometimes needing a quick cleaning to make sure the panels clean and able to produce energy efficiently. Lower electric bills and more cash in your pocket never hurts, and if you’re looking to sell, you could see a higher return on your investment. 

Disadvantages of Installation:
Intermittent production issues (weather dependent) resize 76 2
Installation costs
Space considerations
Home positioning issues (how / where your home is built)
Expensive energy storage
Can’t take it with you (doesn’t move house)

Obviously you can’t have the good without the bad, and solar panels are no exception. Because solar panels depend on the suns energy to produce energy, a cloudy day, or many in a row; can interrupt your solar benefits. Installation can cost a pretty penny, along with energy storage costs and they can take up quite a large amount of the roof, some homes aren’t even candidates for a solar system and even if they are, you can’t take them with you when you move.

Boiling it Down
Considering that in an hour, the sun radiates enough solar energy to cover human energy consumption for a year, is crazy impressive, but we can only harness a small fraction of resize 77 2that energy today. While there are some disadvantages due to the start up costs, overall, there is nothing but benefits to reap from choosing to go solar. 

Before you move forward, your roof will need assessed. If you’re unsure of the condition your roof is in and want to add solar, give the experts at C & J Roofing Co., Inc. a call today. A roof evaluation will let you know if you’re good to go. Call us at (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above today!