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So you’re thinking about going solar…
Solar panels are a great option for homeowners who are looking to be environmentally friendly while saving money on their electric bill. Besides, the cost of going solar is lower than it’s ever been!
If you’re considering putting solar panels on your roof, there are several things you’ll want to consider before you hire a solar energy installer.
Will you need to replace your roof in the next few years?
If you know out of the gate that you’re going to need to reroof your home in the not too distant future, this could be a problem.
Why? Because when it comes time to reroof your home, you’ll need to have the solar panels taken down and deconstructed, and you’ll also need to pay to have them put back on. If you know that you’re going to need to hire a roofer in Charlotte to help with repairs or reroofing, you’ll want to do this before you go solar.
Will you run into issues with the HOA?
It may sound crazy, but homeowners’ associations throughout the US have varying rules and regulations when it comes to what you can and can’t do with your home. If you live in a complex or development that has a HOA, be sure they don’t ban solar panels for aesthetic reasons.
Do you get sufficient light? Do you plan to add trees to your yard in the future?
This is an obvious question. If your home is under a canopy of trees, you’re not going to get much bang for your buck when it comes to installing solar. On the other hand, if your roof gets plenty of sun today but you know you’ll be planning to add one or more trees to your yard in the future, be sure the trees won’t obstruct sunlight.
Do you get the sense that your installer is trustworthy?
In our previous blog post we discussed the importance of working with reputable, licensed, insured roofing contractors. The same holds true for a solar installer. Would you hire a plumber who has never done any plumbing work? No, you wouldn’t.
If you’re planning to go solar be sure to work with an experienced company that provides workmanship warranties in addition to a warranty on materials. Never, ever work with an inexperienced installer.
Have other questions, call Charlotte’s Best Roofer’s today
Your roof is likely among the most expensive parts of your home, so if you’re planning on hiring someone to install solar panels, you’ll want to make sure they have the experience and the know how to get the job done right.
You’ll also want to make sure they have the experience that’s needed to ensure they won’t damage your roof in the process. Not only can this be expensive to fix, it can also be an enormous hassle. Be sure the solar installer is licensed and insured, and that they offer a workmanship warranty. Ask them if they’d cover damage to your roof if the installer damages it
For more information on how to keep your roof safe during a solar panel installation, call us today at 704-774-6776.
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