Using solar power is a great way to reduce your energy bills and lower your environmental impact. It’s a great investment that offers long-term benefits, payback and twice the value! That being said, since it is a big investment, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions first before you make a decision.
Roof-Ex in Edmonton are a professional residential and commercial roofing company. They offer solar panel roofing and share some questions to ask yourself before you go solar:
What way does your roof face?
To be able to properly generate enough power, solar panels need to be placed in such a way that maximizes the sunlight. Typically, this will mean placing your panels either south-facing or west-facing. That’s why it’s important to know which way your roof faces and how much sun reaches it before you install solar panels. The more sunlight you get, the more energy you will save. It’s also important to consider climate, with regards to sunlight. If you get little to no sun on your roof during the fall or winter, that will affect your solar usage.
Can your roof handle the weight?
Solar panels are much heavier than roof shingles, so it’s important to know how much weight your roof can handle. If the structural integrity of your roof will be strained, there is a serious risk of collapse. To avoid this, it’s important to have a professional take a look at your roof. They will be able to give you a clear answer as well as suggest any additional support if necessary.
How long will you stay in your home?
If you are planning on selling in a few short years, then you likely don’t want to invest in solar panels. The reason being is that the payoff for the investment will take at least 5-6 years. It is worth the wait, but only if you will still be there to reap the benefits. If you are planning to sell, don’t install solar panels as a resale boost. Not only is solar energy a personal choice, but you won’t get any pay back on the installation. Instead, save that money for your new home and install your solar panels then! That way you can still enjoy all the benefits that solar energy has to offer.
Do you have a trusted company in mind?
One of the most important questions to ask is for a guarantee that you have a trusted company to actually install the panels. Companies like Roof-Ex are experienced professionals, who know how to safely install your solar panels. They will also have the right credentials and tools that are required when it comes to solar installations. Likewise, a trusted company will suggest the right warranty for your new system and provide any necessary future maintenance.
Roofers in Edmonton
Roof-Ex is a family business with over 25 years of roofing experience. They guarantee that each of their customers gets the best roofing experience and quality, every time. They offer residential, commercial and solar roofing options. So whatever your home needs, Roof-Ex can provide it.