Your home's roof isn't the only option when it comes to putting up solar panels. A solar patio can provide an alternative solution that offers a host of other benefits.
1. Lower Preparation Costs
Following the traditional route of placing solar panels on a roof can be quite costly since the roof may require replacement or extensive repairs before the panels go on. Preparing a patio awning for solar patios tends to take less time and it costs less since patio covers are not nearly as complicated or large as a house roof. In fact, it can be less expensive to install a brand new solar patio cover than it is to prepare an existing roof for a solar installation. Further, not all roofs can support solar without major reconstruction, while a new patio cover can be erected for a fraction of a roof rebuild's cost.
2. Keeps Roof Accessible
A common challenge with rooftop solar surfaces is when work must be done on the roof of your home. The solar panels will typically need to be removed, along with any mounting hardware. This can make it quite difficult to address leaks and damages promptly and at a reasonable cost. Moving the panels to the patio cover ensures your roof remains accessible for repairs and maintenance.
3. Saves Yard Space
The most important aspect of solar panel placement is ensuring the panels receive enough sun exposure to generate sufficient electricity. When a roof isn't suited for solar installation, a common solution is to install them in the backyard or in a side yard that has more sun exposure. Unfortunately, this reduces the amount of yard space available for your enjoyment. Placing the panels on top of the patio means you still have the same amount of accessible yard and your solar panels have the sun exposure that they need.
4. Adds Installation Versatility
You have little control over the placement of your home on your property, so you are stuck with however much sunlight the roof currently receives. There is more versatility in the placement of patios and other outside structures. For example, if your patio is attached to your home and also receives poor light exposure, you can install a pergola in an area of the yard at a low cost and then place the solar on top. Gazebos, arbors, and other backyard shade structures can also make suitable solar supports.
Contact a solar patio installation company like Solar Patios And Structures if you would like to learn more.