We can all agree that electricity rates can be expensive- especially for homeowners in Southwest Florida. If you’re leaning toward installing solar panels as a means of saving some cash, below are just a few of the things you’ll want to consider before you take the plunge.
Has your roof been inspected?
Before you install solar panels, you’ll want to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape. If you have questions about whether there are any minor (or major) issues that need to be addressed, it’s best to contact a local roofer. When you speak with the contractor, explain that you’re interested in having your roof inspected in advance of a solar panel install. Upon completion of the inspection, they’ll let you know if repairs are needed. If repairs are not needed, you can rest assured that you’re in the clear.
Was the install approved by your HOA?
If you live in a house or condo that’s regulated by a homeowners association, you may need to get permission before you install solar. Why? Because if you have them installed without getting clearance, you may need to pay the technician to take them back off. Suffice to say, paying someone to do the install, only to learn you need to pay them again to take the panels down, is something you’ll want to avoid.
How much experience does the solar technician have?
Would you let an inexperienced contractor re-roof your home? We’re guessing the answer is no. You’ll want to be equally careful when choosing a solar technician. Not only are inexperienced workers more likely to make mistakes, they could inadvertently cause damage to your roofing system. When you’re talking to the solar company, be sure to ask them how long they’ve been working in the area, if they’re a franchise, whether they use their own workers or if they hire subcontractors, and how much experience they have installing solar panels on the type of roof you have. You’ll also want to ask lots of questions about their materials and workmanship warranties.
If you’re thinking about going solar, give us a call. Not only can we help you schedule a free, no-cost roof inspection, if your roof does need repairs, we’ll provide you with a detailed report of our findings. For more information about our company, our experience, or to get an appointment on the books, call our office today to get started.