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Will Solar Panels Work On My House?

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From North facing properties, to partially shaded abodes, wondering whether your home is suitable for solar will be the first thought that comes to mind.

In the following article, we guide you through some of the most commonly asked questions from our customers on whether Solar’s a worthwhile investment, including the best direction to benefit, the optimum roof types to install on, and, ultimately, the long-term rewards you’ll receive…

How Much Sunlight Does My Roof Receive?

The answer to this question very much depends on your roof’s direction.

If your roof is South-facing, you’re in luck; not only do you get to top up your tan to the max on a sunny day (oh, how we envy you!), you also have the very best roof type for gaining the most from your PV array!

Roof facing East or West instead? Don’t despair-installing panels on these roof types is still highly beneficial-especially if you’re seeking to supplement your existing mains supply with a free top up from the sun.

Unfortunately, if you have a North-facing roof, installing solar panels on your roof is inadvisable. There are, however, a few other solar options on offer.

If you have several acres of land, ground-mounted panels are perfectly viable proposition, offering the wide array of advantages of solar, without being restricted by the direction of your roof.

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In some cases, you’ll find that your chosen solar company specialises in roof restoration as well, enabling you to get an incredibly competitive deal if you choose the same firm for both projects

Does My Roof Need to Be Replaced Before I Add the Panels?

If your current roof is looking a little worse for wear, and you’re pondering a PV array-then why not sort both simultaneously?!

In some cases, you’ll find that your chosen solar company specialises in roof restoration as well, enabling you to get an incredibly competitive deal if you choose the same firm for both projects.

Once your solar panels are installed, you can expect them to last for up to 40 years on average; you don’t want to be meddling around removing the PV array just to patch up your roof. 

Get it done right the first time, and you don’t have to worry about it ever again. Sorted!

Which Type of Roof Material Is Best for Solar Installation?

Strong, durable roof types offer the most solid foundation for your panels.  Asphalt shingles, concrete tiles and standing seam metal are ideal in this regard and are relatively easy to install on, provided your roof’s in perfectly good shape.

If, on the other hand, you have a slate or clay tile roof instead, a PV array is still perfectly viable, but will require a solar expert with experience of these roofing materials to ensure a quality install.

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If branches are overhanging your roof, our fully trained experts are more than happy to tackle this task as well, leaving you with a roof that’s free from shading, and set for solar

My Roof Is Partially Shaded-Can I Still Benefit from PV Panels?

Absolutely! In fact, quite a few of our existing customers had hesitations about solar, purely because they had a few tree branches overhanging their roof space.

If your home also has this issue, our fully trained experts are more than happy to tackle this task as well, leaving you with a roof that’s free from shading, and set for solar.

In cases where shading is caused by proximity of other properties instead, it certainly becomes a little more challenging-but there are still several ways to work around this predicament.

As mentioned previously, where your roof is inappropriate for install, ground mounted panels provide an ideal alternative. If you own a couple of unshaded outbuildings, you can have the panels placed on these, rather than your home’s main roof.

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Solar panels don’t compete with your existing supply-instead, both your current system and PV system will work in tandem, providing supplementary power to reduce your dependence on the mains for fuel

Will Installing Solar Affect the Quality of My Electricity?

A common concern among homeowners-and one which is most definitely unfounded!

Installing solar will not affect the quality of your electricity; in fact, the only thing it will affect is your bills, driving them downwards in the right direction!

Solar panels don’t compete with your existing supply-instead, both your current system and PV system will work in tandem, providing supplementary power to reduce your dependence on the mains for fuel.

Even on cloudier days, your panels will still be generating electricity; however, if you still require more power for your household needs, you can simply make up the shortfall with energy from the grid instead.

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The locality of your home will also have a bearing on whether planning consent is required. If your property is positioned on a busy main road, or in a highly visible area, there may be a few stipulations on what you can and cannot do

Do I Need Planning Permission to Have Solar Installed?

Generally, if your property is Grade 2 listed, or situated in a conservation area, you will inevitably need to apply for planning permission to have the panels installed.

The locality of your home will also have a bearing on whether planning consent is required. If your property is positioned on a busy main road, or in a highly visible area, there may be a few stipulations on what you can and cannot do.

Still uncertain? Check with your local council planning officer-they’ll be able to provide you with additional information on permitted developments and clear up any confusion you have regarding the latest regulations.

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The fact that quality PV panels can last up to 40 years on average is also a distinct advantage; you won’t need to worry about replacement, and the associated costs this involves

What Are the Long-Term Rewards of Installing Solar?

Where to start?! As a 100% renewable source of energy, with no danger of diminished supply, installing solar makes sound financial sense, not only for the short-term, but for the long-term benefits as well.

The fact that quality PV panels can last up to 40 years on average is also a distinct advantage; you won’t need to worry about replacement, and the associated costs this involves.

In addition to the above, installing solar also offers the following long-term rewards:

•    Reduces electricity bills for the long-term
•    Increases property value 
•    Protects you from energy price inflation

Of course, the above advantages are dependent on a quality install; in terms of accreditations you should seek out installers who are fully approved by the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme.)

This scheme sets out a strict set of criteria that contractors must always adhere to, with continuous monitoring to ensure that the highest standards of service are upheld.

Take back control of your energy costs, with the help of Home Logic. Request your free roof assessment today by calling 0800 1700 636 and check whether your property’s suitable for solar!