Interested in solar panels? Here are a few key considerations!
As more property owners look for ways to make their home or business more sustainable, a solar roof replacement represents one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. But while adding solar panels to your property certainly confers a number of great benefits, there are drawbacks and other considerations to keep in mind before making a final decision.
So, how do you know if it’s time to start looking for solar roofing companies for your installation? When faced with a tough decision, we recommend making a pros and cons list. Here are some of the major pros and cons of a solar roof replacement!
Pro: Excellent return on investment
Solar panels provide a reliable return on your investment. Given enough time, a solar panel roof replacement will typically pay for itself. Estimates vary, but the point at which most homeowners recoup their initial investment is typically around 8–10 years. And with today’s solar panels typically lasting for around 25–30 years, that’s more than a decade of pure profit compared to traditional energy payments!
Con: High upfront cost
Of course, in order to provide a return on investment, an investment needs to be made in the first place. In the case of solar panels, that initial investment can be pretty steep (although it will depend on the size of your home and your energy usage).
On the bright side, though, both solar manufacturers and the U.S. government are well aware of this, and rebates and tax credits are still widely available for a solar roof replacement.
Pro: Clean, renewable energy
Of course, solar panels are about much more than saving money. The other major reason to add solar panels to your home or business is to reduce your carbon footprint by supplying your property with clean and renewable energy generation.
Solar is one of the greenest forms of energy readily available to homeowners. While solar panels do require energy to produce in the first place, this is comfortably made up for by the energy they will produce over time.
Con: Dependent on weather and climate
Unfortunately, not every region is suitable for solar panel installation. The reason for this is pretty simple: some areas just don’t get enough sunlight to reliably produce solar energy.
As you might imagine, areas such as the Pacific Northwest are far less amenable to solar energy than the Southwest or Southeast portions of the United States. Luckily, there are solar maps and other tools for determining whether your area gets enough sunlight to produce a reasonable amount of solar energy.
Pro: Start saving immediately
We’ve already mentioned that a solar roof replacement will likely pay for itself—and then some—given enough time. Well, part of the reason for that is because savings from solar energy start accruing as soon as installation is complete. Once your solar array is installed and ready to go, you should see your energy bills decrease dramatically compared to the previous year.
Con: Finding solar roof replacement specialists
While you can start saving as soon as your solar roof is installed, that still requires the installation to be completed in the first place. And since solar installation is still a relatively young industry, it can sometimes be difficult to find a reliable solar roof replacement specialist in your area.
Elite Roofing Is Partnered with SunPower for Solar Roof Replacement!
Elite Roofing is proudly partnered with SunPower for solar roof replacement and installation services in Denver and the surrounding areas. SunPower is a proven leader in the solar industry, with more than 35 years of industry experience. And of course, as Denver’s top roofing company, Elite Roofing makes the ideal partner to ensure that your roof is prepared to support a solar array.
Are you interested in adding solar panels to your home or business? Book a solar consultation with us today and start saving on your energy bills!