Solar PV: Get your summer roof ready

Solar PV

If you’re thinking about installing a new solar PV system, then look no further as Roofing Matters Group is going green. They now ready to start new solar projects for you with Solar Matters Group. But first, you might be wondering if my roof is suitable to solar panels, fortunately, most houses in the UK meet all the requirements to have solar panels installed. Even a roof that doesn’t match the ideal requirements can still be suitable. Often, roof characteristics will instead affect the output which solar panels generate.

Are roofs a good place to install solar panels?

Roofs are the most common installation location for home solar power systems and for good reason. The more sun exposure panels get, the more solar energy they can produce to help replace power from the grid.

Solar PV

An unobstructed roof with slopes toward the sun helps maximize sun exposure and energy production for your home.

Roof pitch

To maximize sun exposure, a residential roof-mounted solar system should be at an angle equal to the latitude of their install location, but this isn’t always possible.

A roof pitch that angles between 15-40 degrees should suffice for most solar power systems. Individual solar panels can also be adjusted to an optimal angle that maximizes their sun exposure.

Your solar panel installers can help determine if your roof slope is suitable for solar panel installation.

Roof material

Roof material can have a significant impact on the cost of installation and the bearing capacity it holds.

Most solar PV systems can be installed on almost any roof type. Most roof materials are suitable for a solar PV system. However, three types of roofing are excluded for the placement of a solar PV system:

  • Thatch roofs: As this increases fire risk.
  • Roofs containing asbestos: Because of the associated safety hazards. If you want to purchase a solar PV system, we advise you to have the asbestos removed by a specialist first.
  • Glass roofs: As this isn’t strong enough to carry a complete solar PV system.

To give you a more accurate breakdown, we will cover some of the main material types used:

  • Asphalt: Otherwise known as composite roof, is undoubtedly the best material for solar PV installation as it is very durable and sturdy. Due to these features, it has been gaining popularity in homes throughout the UK.
  • Metal: This is also an excellent alternative roof material and allows solar installation to be carried out with ease – potentially reducing the money you spend on installation.
  • Tar: This material is prevalent in flat roofs. While it is feasible for flat solar panels to create electricity for your home, your installer may recommend a bracket that tilts the panels at an ideal angle of 30-40 degrees to generate more electricity.
  • Gravel: Like tar roofs.
  • Wood: This is a solid choice for installations but may require an additional check to analyse fire safety protocols.

Roof condition

During a roof inspection, a roofing contractor will check your roof and attic for potential signs of damage, such as leaks, as well as for proper ventilation. It’s always best to repair or replace these items before solar installation begins.

Getting a quote

We understand that starting your solar journey may seem daunting, but we’re with you every step of the way. From understanding your unique needs to recommending and installing the best solar panels for your home, we’ll make it easy for you to get set up and get going.

You can get in contact with Solar Matters Group here, and they will arrange a free, no obligation visit.