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Solar Panel Basics

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As solar panel technology becomes more commonplace and more easily accessible, homeowners are starting to realize the benefits of harvesting the sun’s energy and using it in their homes. But many homeowners still don’t know enough about solar panels to know whether they’re a good fit for their house. That’s where Kansas City roofing contractors come in. 

Local roofers can help homeowners assess the roof’s current condition, the amount of sun it gets, and the slope to determine whether solar panels are a good option. And while many neighborhoods in Kansas City may not be a good fit for solar panels because of the number of mature trees in the neighborhood, there are still some areas of the city where solar panels may be an option.

Each Roof Is Unique

Many local roofing experts offer free roof inspections along with other roofing services in Kansas City. A roof inspection is a great way to get started with your assessment process. Since every home is different, it’s essential to have someone look at your roof before deciding to invest in solar panels. Many solar panel companies also offer free roof inspections.

Here we offer a few basics of solar panels for homeowners who are considering this option. This information will help you understand what questions to ask your roofer and may help you determine whether the cost associated with solar panels is worth the investment.

Solar Panel Basics

Determine whether your house is a good candidate. During the roof inspection, Kansas City roofing contractors will look at the age of your roof, the angle of incline, and the surface area. They’ll also try to determine the number of hours of shade versus direct sunlight your roof gets each day. The ideal scenario for solar panel installation is a newer, southern-facing roof that has little to no shade.

Assess your current energy situation. One of the biggest benefits of installing solar panels is to use the sun’s energy to help power your home, lowering utility costs. Take a look at your past year’s utility bills to get an idea of what you’re currently spending so that you can compare that to the cost-savings estimates that come with solar panels.

Check into net metering laws in your state. Net metering allows homeowners to harvest energy with solar panels and then return any excess energy to the electric company for a credit. This makes solar panels more cost-effective. Not only do you lower utility bills, but you may also get money back. Net metering laws exist in 41 states, including Kansas and Missouri.

Solar panels could increase the value of your home. Solar panels last for up to 25 years or more. Even if you don’t plan to stay in your house for that long, having solar panels on the roof may increase the value of your home by as much as $14,000, say industry experts. Combine that with the money saved on electricity bills, and someone is sure to buy your home when you’re ready to sell!

Shamrock Roofing and Construction Answers Roofing Questions

Shamrock Roofing and Construction is one of Kansas City’s most trusted roofing contractors. We offer free roof inspections and a wide array of roofing services for Kansas City neighborhoods. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about solar panels, and we can do the inspection to assess the condition of your current roof. Contact us today for more information!