Installing solar shingles
Solar shingles are becoming more and more popular as they are helping people save more money on energy. Solar shingles offer many benefits are that’s why you should try and get as much information about them as possible.
Before you go shopping for solar shingles, you should know a few things.
- Sunlight is very important. If you do not live in a sunny region, then there is no need to install solar shingles. If you live in a wooded location, for example, the expenses will be greater than the benefits.
- You will also need to make sure that you are allowed by the building codes to install solar shingles.
- Another important thing is that you will need at least 300 square feet for space for a maximum efficiency.
Removing the old shingles
Before you start the installation, you will need to remove the old shingles. Be careful, as if the shingles are older than 20-30 years, they may contain asbestos, and you will need to take some safety precautions. Accumulate all the debris in a dumpster.
Now you will have to roll some felt paper on the roof. This will protect it from water infiltration and also it can act as an insulation material. Use nails to fix the felt in place.
You will need to drill some holes for the solar wiring. You will need to weave them through the surface of the area you are covering. These wires will be attached to each of the shingles.
Solar shingles are usually 12 inches wide and long. Install them one by one. They are also a little thicker than normal shingles. Use a nail gun to fix them to your roof.
Next you will need to connect each shingle to the wires you’ve just ran through. If you are not comfortable with electrical wiring, then call a professional. Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Wire the shingles to a junction box that will be placed in your attic.