Solar panels sound like something straight out of science fiction - but you can install them in your house if you want to! Remember: with great solar panels, come great benefits! And there are also a couple of negatives you should learn about too.
You'll find the three most important pros and cons to solar panels down below!
The greener side of solar panels
1. Long-term, it's a smart investment
Solar panels are cost-effective in two ways: first, you won't believe how much your electricity bill will drop when you install them; second, you can get paid for the surplus energy you get.
Imagine that! Your electrical bill drops - and you might get money from your electrical company for all that energy the sun is giving you for free! Eventually, the panels will pay for themselves.
2. More panels, more value
Adding a solar panel is like renovating your house. It costs money, sure. But that money won't disappear, it'll add to your home value.
The more panels you add, the more your home value will increase. How much your house is worth isn't a number alone; it's important to determine your equity, mortgage interest rates, and more.
Plus, a self-sufficient home is worth way more than an average house. That's a given.
3. You help others by helping yourself
Yes, you can get money from your solar panels. Of course, you will see a drop in your electrical bill. Sure, your home value will increase significantly.
But renewable energy isn't about money alone, it's about helping others. When you install solar panels, you're doing your part against climate change.
Oh, and, by the way, you might get state subsidies for going green, depending on where you live. You can hit the jackpot when you help others!
The cloudy side of going green
1. Short-term, it's going to cost you
Ten years down the line, buying a solar panel will be an affordable and easy thing to do. Unfortunately, you're living in the present - and solar panels cost money today.
Sure, you will get most of your money back if your panels don't break and you get a government subsidy. Or, you could lose it all in a storm.
2. Sometimes, it'll get cloudy with a chance of no energy
Oh, speaking of bad weather. If you want to make the most out of your solar panels, you need, well, the sun to hit them directly.
You can't go 100% solar unless you're 100% sure the sun will always shine. Keep in mind it will rain from time to time, even in the desert.
Oh, and, by the way, you don't want to be the guy who used all his solar energy... right before dawn.
3. You need the space for all that sun
Did you know the Sun is the biggest star in our solar system?
It's borderline impossible to imagine how big that is. Unless you own several solar panels, then you probably know how much space a solar-anything takes.
If you want to get the most out of renewable energy, you'll need more than one solar panel on your roof. And, sometimes, you won't be able to fit one of them up there.
From the sun to solar panels, everything sun-related takes plenty of space. Then again, it's for a good cause!
Your roof has a very important role: to protect your home structure and all your home contains from the elements. The weather has an impact on your roof and how well it holds up. If your have been putting off a roof inspection, it is time to get it done. Taking care of repairs early on can prevent structural damage or water from getting into your home. It is less costly than replacing the entire roof too.
Weather can harm your roof. Types of damage depends on many variables including the weather where you reside and the materials on your roof. A great roofing company will complete repairs or replace a roof with the best materials for your location and the expected type of weather there. The more protection in place, the less damage the weather can do.
The wind can be a challenge for your roof, depending on the force of it. Some regions have high winds regularly. In other areas, the wind blows at slower speeds so it isn't a huge factor. There can be sudden storms that cause the wind speeds to double or triple what they normally would be. The wind can cause shingles and other materials to come off the roof. This leaves those areas of the roof vulnerable to rotting and water getting into the structure.
The sunlight can cause damage to your roof. The hotter it is, the more likely such damage will occur. In some regions, the temperatures soar into triple digits over the summer months. It can still be warm in the fall and winter months. Such areas tend to be desert locations and the scorching heat can cause roofing materials to become brittle, crack, and break off.
Snow and Ice
It probably comes as no surprise that snow and ice can take a toll on your roof. When the snow and ice linger, the moisture can get into the layers of roofing. If part of the roof is damaged, it allows the moisture to get deeper into the layers or leak into the structure of the home. This can cause support beams of the structure to rot and become weak. It can also allow water to get inside of the structure, causing damage and ruining items.
It can take days for snow and ice to melt off a roof when the temperatures remain cold. This increases the risk of damage to the roof. The weight of the snow and ice can create problem areas. The roof may not be able to support that weight well, and those weak areas are going to be the first to leak.
April showers bring May flowers, but too much rain brings trouble for your roof. Heavy rainfall can cause damage to the roof because of the force and the amount of water. Damaged or missing shingles leave the rest of the roof vulnerable to water getting into the structure.
The size and force of hail can beat up a roof fast. It is often combined with high winds and heavy rains. All of this can be too much for a roof to handle, especially if it has some damage before the hail storm occurring.
Take Care of Roofing Problems Immediately
You should have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year. This will identify any problems and they can take care of necessary repairs. Ideally, you should get it inspected every six months. It should also be inspected after a natural disaster or a severe storm. If you see shingles or other roofing materials on the ground, you need it investigated immediately!
If your roof is in need of inspection or you have experienced any weather damage, give us a call today!