What type of roof for solar panels?
What type of roof should I choose for solar panels? – if you have a house and you want to make it a little more energy efficient, or you are in the process of building. Your dream oasis and deciding about the roof and would like to install solar panels in the future, then this topic is probably keeping you up at night. Fortunately, we come with good news today as we will help you a little with this decision by arming you with the necessary knowledge on the subject. So, let’s get down to business.
The perfect roof for solar panels – what should you pay special attention to?
If you’re not an expert on the subject, you’re certainly wondering what to consider when planning a photovoltaic installation. We will gladly answer because the following factors are crucial when considering the laying of photovoltaic panels: roof orientation, roof pitch, size of the roof, age of the structure, shading, roof covering. That has been established, and now let us move on to discuss these issues in a little more detail.
The orientation of the photovoltaic modules is a fundamental aspect of the installation. The amount of light that reaches them, and therefore the volume of energy they produce during the day, depends on their positioning. A general rule of thumb for the orientation of PV systems is that panels in European conditions should face south. If your roof is oriented east-west rather than north-south, however, this does not mean that you have to give up installing panels. You still have several solutions to keep the efficiency of your photovoltaic installation high. One of them is to increase the number of panels. The other option, in the case of a roof with a low angle of inclination, is to install the panels on a special structure that will position them towards the south.
The ideal positioning range for photovoltaic panels varies from region to region. The solar cells in south England should be placed at an angle of 20-30 degrees and in the north at 25-35 degrees. These are assumed to be the optimum inclinations for capturing as much solar energy as possible during the day. Does your roof not have an appropriate pitch? Nothing lost special mounting constructions allow installation of the panels in an appropriate position. Remember, however, that in the case of small differences in inclination it is not worth putting up additional structures as it is not justified from the point of view of economy and technology.
Type of roofing
Let’s move on to determining what the best roof covering will be for solar panels. So, what are the most common types of roofing? The most common types of roofing include tiles, metal roofing tiles, concrete and Styrofoam. For photovoltaic installations, concrete and metal roofing tiles are best suited due to the quick-heating properties of these materials. We should remember, however, that they can also be successfully mounted on standard roof tiles.
We hope that now that you have the essential information on the subject, you will be able to choose the ideal roof for your solar panels without any worries. Fingers crossed!