While solar panels can be installed on most roofs, provided the area is spacious and there is enough access to sunlight, some preliminary knowledge of major roof types for solar installation can make the whole process a lot simpler for you. Some common roof types you’ll find on homes are flat roofs, gable roofs, hipped roofs, cross-gabled roofs and cross-hipped roofs. These roof types are suitable for solar panel installations if they have large surfaces that face the South.
Flat roofs, on the other hand, are found mostly on commercial buildings and can prove to be fertile ground for solar installations. Free-standing frames are used on such roofs, which provide the ideal tilt and orientation for optimizing array performance. Mansard-style roofs with large, flat surfaces are used for solar installations in the same manner. One important point to keep in mind is to avoid installations on roofs that don’t have a south-facing surface. Additionally, if your roof is prone to receiving a lot of shade from its surrounding structures or trees, be careful before proceeding with your installation.
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When installing solar systems, be mindful of the angle of the roof relative to the solar panel and the direction of the roof. If you want your panel to capture enough sunlight, make sure it faces the South as much is possible. While not considering these aspects will not serve as a complete obstruction to your solar power plans, it will definitely play a major role in determining the kinds of installations possible on your roof and their subsequent performance.
The costs of installations also vary with the nature and design of rooftops. If your roof is facing issues or is likely to face issues in the future, consider replacing it before the installation.
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