Whether your home has a shingle, tile, or metal roof will determine the type of solar panels appropriate for your home.
Homes with a shingle or metal roof will be equipped with “rack-mounted” panels. Each panel will be equipped with its own micro-inverter, which allows the entire system to continue to perform optimally should an individual panel malfunction. Rack-mounted panels allow air to circulate freely, which keeps operating temperatures lower during warm summer days, ultimately aiding in longevity.
Homeowners with a tile roof have the option to choose “integrated” solar panels. In this case, the solar panels will be integrated into your roof, actually taking the place of certain tiles for a pleasing architectural appearance.
Whether your solar panels are integrated or rack-mounted, the sensitive photovoltaic cells will be protected by a tough polycarbonate covering strong enough to stand on. These units are sturdy, and they will stay put even if the wind blows vigorously, as it sometimes does in Florida.