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What to consider in a solar mounting system for rooftop solar system?

It can be easy to overlook your solar mounting hardware since it’s mostly hidden under your solar panels. But, as with other types of solar equipment, there are multiple options to consider and you want to make sure you’re getting the right solution for your solar energy system and property. Here are some of the top factors to consider when evaluating your solar mounting options.

Aesthetics:

Though most of your mounting system is covered by solar panels, there are some components that may be visible. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your future solar panel system, it’s worth asking your installer which parts of the racking system, if any, will be visible on your rooftop, and what each of the components looks like.

Leak protection:

First, it’s important to know that properly-installed solar panel systems should not cause leaks in your roof. However, you can take extra precautions with your chosen mounting system, as some provide better protection against leaks and roof damage than others.

Wire management:

Wire management is an important step for every solar installation: this is the process to place, secure, and protect your solar energy system’s electrical setup. Proper management of photovoltaic (PV) wires isn’t just necessary for aesthetic reasons – more importantly, wire management is imperative for operational and maintenance purposes, as wires that aren’t properly insulated, exposed to harsh elements, or stretched too tight can wear down and fail, therefore impacting the performance, maintenance costs and longevity of your solar power system.

Ease of install:

While the basics of installing rooftop mounting systems are generally the same, certain factors can make them more difficult or time-consuming to install. Heavy components, the number of individual parts, and the effort required to affix the mounting system to your roof can all impact the amount of time it takes for your solar installer to finish your installation. The more complicated the system and the heavier the equipment, the more expensive your installation is likely to be.

Compatibility with your roof:

Not all solar mounting systems work for every rooftop; if you have a roof made of clay, Spanish tile, metal, or rubber membrane, a traditional penetrating mount system won’t work. Fortunately, certain racking manufacturers have separate mounting solutions for these types of roofs.

 

Reference: Energy Sage