Is My House Right for Solar?

August 20, 2023

You’ve heard about the various benefits you’ll experience by going solar. Installing solar panels can save you money on utilities, offer you tax benefits, and even increase the value of your house. On top of that, solar is a massive benefit to the environment as it’s a clean, renewable resource. So you may be asking yourself if your house is right for solar installation.

Luckily, the first step of our installation process is a preliminary consultation that includes a home qualification. This is where we can answer your questions while determining your most suitable solar options. Here are the key things we look for and consider when determining if your home is a good candidate for solar panels.

A Sturdy Roof

Solar panels are installed on the roof of your home, so of course it’s necessary to ensure that they have a strong foundation to support them. During the initial consultation, we review the age and condition of your roof foundation and roofing materials. When an inspection is needed, one will be arranged.

We take the slope and pitch of the roof into account, as the flatter the roof, the easier it is to install solar panels. Materials are also considered carefully. Asphalt shingles are the best material for long term integrity and lowest installation costs. Design and installation on top of other roofing materials is possible; however, BlueSel avoids installing on top of fragile materials like slate and clay. And of course the condition of the roof is taken into account, as a roof with rotten spots or that needs renovation is far from ideal for solar panel installation.

On that note, solar panels are designed to stay on your roof for a long time. We offer 10-year warranties for workmanship and a minimum of 25-year warranties for solar panel performance and integrity, so you should expect your panels to be up there for well over a decade. Therefore, if it’s been a while since you’ve renovated your roof, it’s best to do it before any installation, as it’s harder to do so after the fact. 

bluesel home solar professionals at work

Sun Exposure

Naturally, solar panels require frequent exposure to sunlight to get the energy needed to power your home. So the location of your house and anything that might be obscuring your home from proper sun exposure is considered. During our consultation, we use satellite imagery to get a good look at your property and the surrounding area, but you should also take a look around and consider your surroundings.

For example, parts of Massachusetts have a lot of tree coverage. If your roof tends to be shaded by trees, you may want to consider cutting back some branches or even removing a few trees entirely. However, if you are a smaller house that’s in the shadow of a taller building, your home might not get enough sunlight to make your solar panels worthwhile.

If you’re thinking about going solar, the physical aspects of your home matter just as much as your energy needs and budget. But every home can benefit from solar, whether it’s saving thousands of dollars a year on electricity or doing your fair share for the environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable member of our team who can help you determine if your home is right for solar.