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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Solar Panels

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Installing solar panels at your home is a good way to save on energy costs. Unfortunately, if the panels are incorrectly installed, you could possibly miss out on the benefits of having them. If you are installing solar panels, here are some mistakes to look out for. 

Failing to Factor in the Roof's Lifespan

One of the costliest mistakes you can make when installing solar panels is failing to account for the remaining life on your roof. If the roof only has a few years remaining before you will need a new one and the panels have a 15-year lifespan, you could end up having to remove the panels and have them reinstalled when it is time for the new roof. 

The removal and reinstallation can add to the associated costs of having the solar panels. It is best to find solar panels that have a comparable lifespan to the roof. If the roof only has a couple of years remaining, it might be best to wait on the solar panels installation until the new roof is installed. 

Installing the Panels Near an Obstruction

The solar panels are only as effective as the amount of sunlight they are exposed to. If there are obstructions, such as trees or buildings, blocking the panels access to the sunlight, there will not enough energy collected to convert for your home. 

To ensure the panels are installed in the right location, consider having a study conducted. The study will take into account several factors including the climate and obstructions. 

Forgetting the Insurance and Local Codes

Damage to your home from the solar panels or to the panels themselves can eat into the savings you would receive from using them. For instance, if the solar panels are improperly installed and causes the roof to cave in, you will have to pay to have the roofing fixed. Insurance can help cover the costs of those repairs. 

You also have to factor in the local building codes. The building codes dictate whether or not you can install solar panels and how they should be installed. If you fail to follow those codes, your local municipality could order you to remove them. To avoid the headache and expenses, find out the local codes before installing the panels. 

To avoid these mistakes and many others, consider hiring a professional solar panels installer. The installer can not only ensure the solar panel installation is correct, but address any concerns you have.