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Your custom home build is underway – you’ve signed the contract and are eager to break ground on your dream home. One thing you should consider while pondering structural options and materials is how you will power your home systems. Solar panels are a great alternative energy source that can reduce your home’s carbon footprint and save you money over the long run.
Below are a few things to consider if you want to add solar panels into your home design.
A recent study found that installing solar panels during the home construction process can significantly decrease costs compared to retroactively installing them.
Because you can plan for the ideal conditions from the onset. One of the most important considerations that can affect the functioning of your solar panels are the slope and orientation of your roof and panels. South-facing panels and a 45-degree slope to the roof are the best conditions for solar panels, so let your builder be aware if you are considering them from the onset.
In addition to roof design, the overall layout of your home architecture matters. For example, consider the layout of your roof vents, dormers, and chimneys. How will the shade affect the panel throughout the day?
Additionally, your weight should be able to endure the weight of your system and other roof materials, so think asphalt or metal, not slate, roof coverings for the surrounding areas.
Aside from design considerations, knowing the benefits of solar panels can sway your decision to install them, one way or another. Solar panels:
Solar panels can be a great addition to your home build, but making the decision to install solar from the onset may require tweaks to your home’s orientation or architecture. Premier Builders can help you navigate the process – contact us to learn more or get started today.