12 Jul How to Choose a Solar Roofing Company
Installing a home solar system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. Using renewable energy to power your home can help reduce utility bills and increase your home’s value – but it’s essential to thoroughly research providers to find the solar company that will meet your needs while being cost-effective.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your options and aren’t sure how to start evaluating your options, here are some suggestions to help you find the best solar panel installation company.
Evaluating the Company’s Products
You can evaluate solar panels using three criteria: production, durability, and manufacturer quality.
The amount of electricity a given solar panel will produce is dependent on several factors, including the power rating, power tolerance, efficiency and temperature coefficient. Together, these factors can tell you how much energy the solar panels will produce.
Most solar panels are very durable, but you should also be sure that the panels you install are designed to withstand the conditions in your area. For South Florida residents, this means finding the panels and installers that will make sure you don’t lose your new system to the first hurricane of the season.
You’ll also want to look at indicators of panel manufacturer quality. Start with the warranties and assurances that the manufacturer offers on their equipment. Like all things, solar panels degrade and become less efficient over time, so you want to make sure that the power production of their panels doesn’t fall below a certain threshold over twenty-five years.
Financing Your Solar Panels
Most solar companies provide a few different payment options, such as taking out a loan or paying cash. You’ll want to find out which opportunities each company offers, and figure out how to finance your solar panels.
Once you’ve completed this, call and request free quotes from the solar companies you’ve selected. Some companies will schedule an appointment to view your property and give a more accurate estimate of the pricing.
Also, keep in mind that many state incentives and policies support renewable energy all throughout the United States. Check out DSIRE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, for a comprehensive list of financial incentives and regulatory policies that apply to your area.
Check the Company’s Credentials
Read about the companies you are considering. Check out how long they’ve been in business, how many solar panels they’ve installed, and research the types of roofing each company has worked with successfully in the past.
Also, make sure you take a look at the different certifications and licensing that each company might have. Beyond state required licenses, ask if the company you’re looking at has a certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) – a nationally-recognized certification program for installers and sales in the solar field.
Reviews and Recommendations
Certifications and credentials don’t mean much if a company doesn’t meet all of its customers’ needs. Going solar is complicated, but it’s a process that can be much easier if you’re working with the right company.
Reading reviews can help you determine whether the company you’re looking at will provide the best customer service.
If you’re interested in working with the team at Bison Roofing and Solar, check out our testimonials here!
Contact Bison Roofing and Solar
At Bison Roofing and Solar, we pride ourselves on our ability to help you bring solar to your home. We are committed to bringing you the best quality solar energy products and professional installation. Call our team of experts at (954) 541-5197 or contact us here for a free solar evaluation!