Solar tiles are a fantastic alternative to traditional solar panels. They’re not only aesthetically pleasing but also energy-efficient. Here’s a simple 12-step guide to installing them:
- Assess Your Roof:
The first step is to assess your roof’s suitability for solar tiles. This includes checking the roof’s orientation, angle, and overall structural integrity.
- Check Local Regulations:
Before installation, check your local regulations and guidelines concerning solar installations. You may require permits or approval from local authorities.
- Select the Right Solar Tiles:
Choose solar tiles that suit your climatic conditions, energy requirements, and budget.
- Draw a Layout:
Create a detailed layout of where you’ll place the solar tiles on your roof. This helps ensure proper alignment and maximum sunlight exposure.
- Install Roofing Underlayment:
Before you start placing the solar tiles, install a suitable roofing underlayment for extra protection against moisture.
- Start Installation at the Eaves:
Begin the installation process from the bottom of the roof (eaves), working your way upwards.
- Interlock the Tiles:
Most solar tiles are designed to interlock with one another. Ensure each tile is securely locked to its neighbour to form a watertight surface.
- Wire the Tiles:
Each solar tile needs to be wired to the home’s electrical system. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure correct and safe wiring.
- Install Flashing:
Install flashing around the solar tiles, particularly in areas such as the roof valley, to help guide water away from the roof and prevent leaks.
- Connect to Inverter:
The direct current (DC) produced by the solar tiles needs to be converted into alternating current (AC) for home use. Connect the system to an inverter to facilitate this.
- Test the System:
Once the tiles are installed and wired, test the system to make sure it’s working correctly.
- Schedule Regular Maintenance:
Maintain your solar tiles regularly to ensure their longevity and optimal performance.
Remember, working with electricity can be hazardous. If you’re unsure about any step in the process, it’s best to hire a professional. At Kiwi Roof Masters, we offer top-notch solar tile and wood shingles installation services. Contact us today for your new roofing installation needs.