Is your roof suitable for solar panels?

With electricity bills going through the roof, many of us are looking for ways to become more energy efficient and to find a new source of energy. An option that has grown in popularity in recent years is solar energy. An effective way of reducing energy bills and carbon footprint, solar panels have been seen more often on the roofs of residential properties throughout the UK, but is it the right option for you? There are numerous pros and cons of solar panels depending on the type of property you own, so allow us to help you find out if they are suitable for you.

Direction of your roof

The direction your roof faces is one of the most important factors when deciding whether to install a solar panel system. Having a south-facing roof will mean your panels can generate the most electricity, this is because they will receive the most sunlight throughout the day and whilst it is at its strongest. You can expect them to generate electricity in a larger quantity, however if your roof is facing a different direction this does not mean it is unsuitable. You can still generate a significant amount of solar power with an east or west facing roof.

Roof exposure

You will want to make sure that the surface of your roof is not obstructed by overhanging trees or other buildings, as this may prevent your solar PV systems from receiving as much sunlight. If there are multiple shadows cast on your roof at all points of the day, then solar panels may not be the most effective option. We would advise removing these obstructions, or if this is not possible, looking at alternative solar options.

Roof materials

The material of your roof can have a significant impact on its suitability for solar installations. Some materials are more suitable than others, although there are some that simply won’t work. Asphalt roof tiles are the ideal choice, due to the fact that they are most durable and sturdy. Other options include tar, which is usually used for a flat roof, as well as metal, and gravel. If you have a thatched roof, solar panels cannot be installed due to fire safety reasons, and this is also the case with some types of wood. Glass roofs also cannot be used for solar panels, as they are unable to support the weight of the system as a whole. You should also consider whether you have enough roof space before deciding on solar panels.

Solar panel costs

You should consider solar panel costs when deciding whether they are right for your property. The labour and installation costs will vary depending on the location of your home, but you can expect to pay around £300-£500 per day for a professional installer. The reason many are willing to pay these initial system costs are because of the savings they can make on electricity through integrating solar batteries, as well as incentives such as the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), which allows you to earn money for the surplus solar power you generate. It is also important to remember that in some cases, for example if you live in a conservation area, you may need planning permission for installation.

In order to have solar panels installed at your property, you will need to make sure that your roof is in a suitable condition. Our experts at Roof Rescue can carry out any maintenance and repairs to your roof, to ensure it is prepared for installation to be carried out. To get booked in with us, give us a call on 020 3189 1618 or email .

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