A solar system comes with several mounting system choices. It can be challenging for a novice to decide which one is best for them.
In this blog post, TC Roofing & Restorations will outline six solar mounting systems for solar roofs and provide information to help you decide which system is suitable for your property in McKinney, TX.
What is Solar System Mounting?
A solar mounting system is a structure that supports photovoltaic (PV) panels and allows them to capture sunlight. The system must withstand the elements and provide a stable platform for the PV panels. There are many different solar mounting systems, each with advantages and disadvantages.
Types of Solar Roof Mounts:
Flush Mount is an easy and cost-effective way to mount solar panels on roofs. They aren’t adjustable, and as the name implies, they’re intended to rest flush with the roof surface on which they’re installed.
Metal fasteners hold the solar panels in place, leaving approximately two to four inches of space between the roof and the panel’s bottom. Sufficient airflow around the underside of the panel ensures that it stays cool and works at peak efficiency.
A rail mount system uses a set of aluminum or steel rails installed along the roof’s length. Solar panels are then attached to the rails using clamps or brackets.
This type of system is adjustable, which means that the solar panels can be moved to provide optimal sun exposure. Rail mounts can be used on most roofs, and they’re a good option for installations requiring multiple rows of solar panels.
Tile mounts are designed for use on tile roofs. They attach the roof tiles using special brackets, and the solar panels are then attached to the tile mounts.
This system is not adjustable, but it can be installed without drilling into the roof tiles. Tile mounts are suitable for installing historic homes or other buildings with tile roofs.
Shingle mounts are similar to tile mounts, but they’re designed for use on asphalt shingle roofs. They attach to the roof using special brackets that fit between the shingles, and the solar panels are then attached to the shingle mounts.
This type of system is not adjustable, but it can be installed without drilling into the roof. Shingle mounts are a good option for installations on asphalt shingle roofs.
Ballasted mounts are designed for use on flat or slightly pitched roofs, and they don’t require any penetrations through the roof. They use weights to secure the solar panels to the roof and are an excellent option for installations on roofs that are impenetrable.
Pole mounts are designed for use on flat or slightly pitched roofs, and they consist of a pole that is mounted to the roof.
The solar panel is then attached to the pole and used to adjust the panel’s angle. Pole mounts are a good option for installation, and they offer a higher degree of adjustability than ballasted mounts.
There are different mounting systems available, and each system has its pros and cons, so choosing the right one for your needs is essential.