Jessica PirroJune 3, 20193600
If homeowners are considering going solar they have a few different options. It isn’t just solar brands that you have to choose from but you also have to choose from different types of mounts. Depending on the size or direction of your roof top, will determine the mount that is best for your home.
Rooftop Solar Panel Costs are Cheaper and Easier Solar Installs than Ground Mount Solar Panels - With a Catch
Because a rooftop mount panel is the most common, has fewer issues with difficult wiring, and does not need as many materials as ground mount solar panels, a rooftop solar panel costs are going to be easier and cheaper solar install option. However, the condition of your roof may increase the price if you need to do repairs or replace it altogether. Solar panels can last anywhere from 25 to 40 years, so you’ll need to have a roof that can last as long as your panels. You won’t want to wait until after the solar panels are installed to fix and/or replace your roof, as uninstalling and re-installing the rooftop panels cost will be even more.
Rooftop Mount Solar Panels Take Up Less Space - With a Catch
Because you won’t have to sacrifice any part of your yard in order to install a rooftop mount solar panel, they’ll take up less space. However, the catch to that is that you also won’t have nearly as much space to place your panels. You’ll have to work within the limits of your rooftop.
Rooftop Mount Solar Panels Can Be Placed on the Back of Your Roof
If you’re worried about rooftop mount solar panels ruining the aesthetics of your roof and are considering a ground mount solar panels just for that reason, don’t make your final choice yet! Rooftop mount solar panels can be placed on the back of your roof, which means that the same (or less) amount of people will see them as the solar install you are getting are ground mount solar panels in your backyard: you and people you invite over.
Rooftop Mount Solar Panels are Limited by the Angles of Their Roof
Unlike ground mount solar panels, which can be placed and angled anywhere, rooftop mount solar panels are much more limited. If you have no south-facing section of your roof, you’ll have to choose somewhere else. If your roof is completely flat, you’ll either have flat panels or you’ll have to pay more to add a tilted racking system. You’ll also have to deal with things like shade and obstructions, which again, you won’t have much control over.
Cleaning and Repairing a Rooftop Mount Solar Panels Are More Difficult
Unlike ground mount solar panels, rooftop mount solar panels are much more difficult to reach for things like cleaning, inspection, and repairs. You should have a professional doing all your repairs, anyway, but if you live in a two-story home and can’t clean your panels without getting up on the roof, you’ll have to have a professional do it.
Ground Mount Solar Panels Will Cost More
Ground mount solar panel systems are probably going to end up costing you more than a traditional roof mount panel. This is because they require more materials, additional time to manufacture, and additional time for the solar install. A solar installer will want to put down a cement foundation, which increases the time it takes for a solar install, plus requires more materials than a roof mount panel will need. The process after placing the cement down is also more intensive, requiring additional wiring and more time to tilt it at the perfect angle.
Ground-Mount Solar Panels Take Up More Space
Ground mount solar panels are also going to take up a lot more space than if you go the traditional roof panel route. If you place your panels on your roof, obviously that won’t occupy any of your walking space. However, by placing a panel in your backyard or front yard, that decreases the amount of room you have in those areas. If you have a beautiful garden or are planning to install a pool, this might hinder your ability to do so. On the flip side of that, however, the additional space that ground mount solar panels takes up also increases the amount of energy they generate, meaning they will also help save you more money in the long run.
Ground Mount Solar Panels Could Either Increase or Hinder Aesthetics
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s up to you whether the aesthetics of your roof or yard are more important to you. If you have a gorgeous front and backyard and a huge solar panel array would ruin the aesthetics, these may not be the panels for you. However, if you love the way your roof looks and would hate to put bulky panels on top of it, adding a solar panel array to your backyard might be your top choice. After all, no one but you and people you invite over is going to see your backyard, anyway.
Ground Mount Solar Panels will Help You With Panel Orientation
A huge problem people have with the traditional roof mount panels is that they’re at the whim of the ways their roof is built. If their roof is facing north and has no tilt, they’re unlikely to get the most efficient panels they could be. Because of this, ground mount solar panels would be ideal for them, as they can be placed in any direction, oriented in any way, and can be placed in a perfect position to avoid shade.
Repairing and Cleaning is Much Easier With Ground Mount Solar Panels
One huge issue with roof mount panels is how difficult it is to clean, inspect, and repair them. With ground mount solar panels, you’ll be able to clean them with ease and inspect them with your naked eye without having to ever worry about calling a professional to get up high for you. Additionally, when it is time for your annual professional inspection or you do need repairs, you’ll probably end up saving more since it will be so easy for your solar company to access your panels. Your ground mount solar panels will also have an easier time of self-cleaning due to the positioning they’re placed at, meaning you probably won’t even need to clean them nearly as often as you would with a roof mount panel.
The Choice is Yours
The choice between the two different mounts is ultimately up to the homeowner. When the solar installer comes by to asses your property they will advise you on which one is the best for your house. However, if you want to see what a solar system will look like on your property, you can design your own solar array with the hahaSmart price checker
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