What Type Of Roof Is Suitable For Solar Panels?

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With Australia’s excellent climate and numerous hours of sunshine, solar energy is widely used across the country.

The majority of properties are ideally suited, or can be adapted to using solar panels and switching to sustainable energy sources can reap big rewards. Before you make the move however, there are a few things to consider for any roofing adelaide project.

What Material Is Your Roof?

Roofs can be made from all sorts of materials. In Australian architecture (although this varies from city to city) roofs will either be:

  • Hip
  • Gabled
  • Flat
  • Skillion
  • Arched
  • Curved

Solar panels can be fitted to any of these roof types – it may just be a matter of finding the right type, and the right installer with experience in your specific roof style.

The quality of the roof is important – it’s always better to fix solar panels to roofs that are in good condition and relatively new.

What Pitch Does Your Roof Have?

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This is crucial when considering whether you’ll be able to use solar panels. The ideal pitch for panels is either 18 or 22.5 degrees. If your roof has either of these pitches, you’ll be able to mount your panels at this angle and maximize the rays of sunshine available.

Solar panels, obviously, need to face the sun. In order to make this happen, they should be mounted on a North facing roof. A North facing roof with the perfect pitch will enable you to capture and generate the optimum amount of energy possible.

Do You Have A Flat Roof?

If so, don’t rule out solar panels.

It’s actually fairly easy to adapt a flat roof verandah (which often only produced 50% of the solar energy that a tilted roof is capable of offering) for the use of solar panels. A good solar installer will use a mount or a tilted frame, which angles the panels in the best way.

Questions to ask your solar panel installer


Figuring out which solar panels to buy for your home can be confusing. Solar panels Adelaide can take the stress out of solar panel installation by finding the right installer for you, and starting a list of questions that you need them to answer.

Your home, your needs

In order for a solar panel installer to be able to answer your questions with the most accurate answers possible, they’ll need to know a bit about your personal circumstances.

Find out your household’s previous energy consumption (usually referred to in kWh) by looking at your electricity bills or contacting your Electricity Retailer. Once you know this, you can ask your solar panel installer how it would compare against what the yield would be of the potential solar panels they would recommend for you.

Money Talks

The main questions that you’re likely to want to ask your solar panel installer will be regarding the costs related to this process. Don’t be afraid to set budgets and boundaries as you need to be 100% certain this this system will work for you.solar-panels-adelaide

  • Return Time: This will depend on the size of your solar system however the rate of return is generally between 5-7 years. Ask your solar panel installer for an estimate of how long they would expect you to have to wait before seeing a return on your investment.
  • Start up costs: Up front costs can seem overwhelming at first but ask your solar panel installer to explain to you how you may benefit from feed in tariffs or different systems. Your installer may be able to offer advice about how to maximize your roof space and generate the optimum amount of electricity.
  • Financial Incentives: It’s usually pretty worthwhile investing in solar panel installation. There are several schemes run by the Federal Government including the Solar Credit Scheme, which aim to reduce the overall cost of installation of solar panels. Selling excess energy back to energy providers can also be profitable so double check these with your solar panel installer to help your budgeting.

Safety First 

  • Always check that your solar panel installer has a good track record: don’t be afraid to have a look at online reviews or previous examples of work that the installers have done to reassure yourself that you’re choosing the right people for the job.
  • Any solar panel installer should be accredited with the Clean Energy Council
  • Ask your installer what cable they’ll be using for your solar panel installation – the wrong one can be costly and damage the productivity of your solar panels so it’s good to figure out early on that the installer plans to use the correct DC cable instead of the AC version.
  • Make sure you’ll be fully covered by asking your solar panel installer about any manufacturer warranties and how claims will be handled. You want to know that you won’t be left on your own once the panels are installed.

Time Scales: Installation and Beyond

You’ll be keen to know exactly how long it will take from making your decision, to having your solar panels fully installed and up and running. This can vary hugely between solar panel installers (often by up to 3 months). Make sure you have a good idea of time scales before you commit.

Ask your solar panel installer to estimate how long your system will be fully functioning for. This should not be less than 25 years and with good installation, you should expect minimal maintenance or repair work for your system.

I mentioned this in the previous post make sure you contact a local solar panel installer like these guys solarenergyadelaide.com.au for your solar installation needs.

5 characteristics of a top notch solar company

Decisions, Decisions

It’s a big decision figuring out which solar panel company you should choose. There are so many adverts, with each company claiming to be better than the others, and online research can be overwhelming when you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for. Check out this page if you’re confused about what solar panels actually do: ret.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au. Try to stay calm and figure out exactly what your needs are, then bear in maind these top characteristics to find the best solar company for you. solar_panels_for_house_Adelaide

1. Safety First

The absolute priority is that whichever company you choose should be legal and have all the necessary accreditation. In order to get certain government rebates, you’ll need solar panel certificates –which any reputable company will be able to provide you with. These certificates are proof that all the necessary tests have been carried out on the panels, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about.

2. Think Long Term

You don’t want to find yourself ten years down the line with a problem with your solar panels, yet no one who you can turn to in order to get it fixed. You need to make sure that the solar company you choose to go ensures that your panels have a manufacturer’s warranty of at least 25 years. You also want to feel confident that your solar company will be available if you need changes to your panels or help in the future.

3. Stay Local

According to The Marketing Department, the best option is to go with a company that is local to your property. Not only will this mean that you’re likely to have a face to face contact, but you’ll also know where to go if things go wrong. Steer clear of foreign solar companies even if they do seem appealing due to the prices that they offer. Remember that if you do end up claiming on a warranty, it’ll be far easier if your solar company are within Australia and ideally close by. solar panels house

4. Home Visits

A top notch solar company will visit your home and figure out the best solar options for you. Any company that claims to be able to offer advice from afar should be approached with caution. In particular companies should be looking at where the solar panels will be mounted and assessing for dangers such as wind, heavy rain and cyclones. A home visit will allow engineers to advise the best positioning of the solar panels to optimise your output.

5. Don’t rush your decision

Avoid hard selling at all costs. If a company tries to pressure you into making a decision that you’re not entirely comfortable with, the chances are they’re not as top notch as they may seem. Take as long as you need to come to your conclusions and always ask questions.

Recommendation: If you want to learn more about solar technology, make sure you check out relevant government websites. You might be able to get a rebate.