The addition of a rooftop solar energy system is one that's almost guaranteed to improve your quality of life. However, you have to ensure that your house is suitable for the panels. While there are some roofs that are just not compatible with the panels (and you can always look at ground arrays in those cases), many others are, but some of those have some issues that need to be taken care of before anything is installed. If you want to get rooftop solar panels installed, ensure that these are done first.

Trim Tree Branches Back

One of the things that can make installing rooftop panels difficult is poor tree placement. The trees that provide your home with much-needed shade can also block light from reaching the panels. In some cases, the trees are just too tall or wide, and there's nothing you can do but look for an alternative spot for the panels, such as a ground array. The shade provided by the trees is valuable, and you want to keep those trees in place.

But in other cases, the trees merely need to be trimmed back a bit. You'll have to keep trimming them back to ensure new growth doesn't affect how much light reaches the panels. But that's a small task given the benefits you'll receive.

Replace Your Roof

Once you put those panels on your roof, replacing the roof will become a little more complicated because roofers will have to work around the panels and cut tiles and other materials to size. If your roof is older, you may want to have it replaced now so that you won't have to deal with the issue for several years. Replacing a roof can be costly, yes. But if you want those rooftop panels and don't want the added costs of re-roofing around them, replacing an older roof now may be best. A newer roof that's only a few years old won't need replacement, although you should get it inspected and have any areas of damage fixed now.

Have a Home Energy Audit

The addition of solar is going to make your home more efficient, but you want to conserve the energy you get. Just because you're now using a second source of power doesn't mean you want to waste it. Have a home energy audit to ensure energy leaks are fixed and that your home uses energy wisely.

Start your solar installation by speaking with electricians who can spot issues that might delay panel installation. Get those issues taken care of so that you can start lowering your utility bills and make more power available to your home. Reach out to a professional who provides home solar panel system installations to get started. 

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