Renewable energy is becoming more and more popular. It can be a good investment to help reduce your utility bills. The only problem is that many solar solutions include unsightly hardware and equipment installed on your rooftop. With the right materials, you can make your roof a solar array that is integrated into the roofing. Here are some tips to help you add solar energy to your roofing and make it attractive:
1. Choosing The Type Of Roofing Materials To Use
There are many types of materials that you can use for roofing with solar panels. There are also solar roofing products that are made specially to work with certain materials. This can be asphalt shingles, slate or clay tiles. If you plan on using shingles, a darker color will be a closer match to the color of the panels. Slate and tile can work for solar membranes and other roofing panel systems.
2. Installing Solar Roofing Panels For The Array
Many different types of roofing panels can be used for the array of your solar roofing. These can be solar shingles that are made to be installed like asphalt shingles. You can also get slate and tile designs for the panels. Flexible solar roofing membranes can also be used, which can be installed on many different types of roof, but may not have the same performance as other systems.
3. Deciding The Best Place To Install A Solar Array
There are many different areas where you may want to install a solar array. Southern facing areas are usually the best place to installed solar systems. You also want to consider areas of your roof that get the most hours of direct sunlight. You do not want to waste money installing solar roofing in an area that gets very few hours of sunlight.
4. Choosing The Equipment Needed To Store And Convert Electricity
There is also the equipment that will store your energy that the roof produces. The easiest way to set up the equipment is to run the wiring through the rafters and install it in the attic. You may also want to consider things like micro or inline converters. Micro controls can make larger systems more efficient, while an inline converter will be the most affordable solution.
If you want to have a more attractive solar solution, integrating it into the roof of your home can give your renewable energy without an unsightly addition to your home. If you are ready for the addition of a solar roof on your home, contact a roofing contractor to help you plan for the installation of a new roof.