Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Scott Siegal
So far in this blog series, we’ve talked about the history of solar power and the benefits of having your own solar roof. In this final chapter, we’ll examine the different installation considerations in low-slope and steep-slope solar applications.
While the basic components of a solar roofing system are the same regardless of application, the installation process and the steps leading up to it depend greatly on the type of roofing system you have.
You’ll notice that the considerations outlined below are for solar panel installation. Because they cannot be positioned, solar shingles have even more stringent installation requirements.
Low-slope roofs, which have pitches equal to or less than 3:12, are excellent platforms for solar power systems. The primary concern when installing PV systems on these types of roofs is weatherproofing.
Steep-sloped roofs present a bigger challenge to PV system designers and installation contractors. To ensure a code-compliant installation, these factors must be considered:
Because planning and installing a solar roof safely and to code is such a rigorous process, it is a job best left to the professionals. Remember that solar panels and shingles are promising technologies, but the only way to maximize them is to put them in the hands of a licensed, trained, and insured contractor.