You may already be aware of integrated solar panel systems and what they are, and you may even be thinking of having such a system installed on your roof. But since it can be a substantial investment (as other kinds of solar panel systems), it’s understandable if you would like to know more about it and its actual benefits. What exactly makes integrated solar panel installations different from common and standard solar panel systems? More importantly, why are more property owners choosing to have this kind of system for their roofs? Here are some quick facts on integrated solar panel systems – and why they are more popular today.
The basic facts about integrated solar panel systems
Installing integrated solar panel or in-roof solar panel systems has become highly in-demand with many more property owners for the simple reason that it is a more aesthetically pleasing choice compared to other standard designs. But what is the distinguishing factor of an integrated solar panel system? The answer to this is simply because it will replace an area of your roof – in short, it can serve as your very own solar panel roof.
The concept behind it is simple – instead of having panels installed on top of or above the roof slates or tiles, installers will take away a portion of your roof tiles or slates and replace them with the in-roof panels themselves. Compared to standard installations where the panels are placed on top of the tiles or slates with mounting frames, integrated solar panels are more feasible and acceptable for those who would like to do away with planning permission or are concerned about the aesthetics of their building or structure.
The installation process
Integrated solar panel systems are designed to replace standard roof slates or tiles, and they usually come in three kinds: tiles, slates, and laminates. Solar slates and tiles have almost the exact dimensions as standard tiles or slates, and this makes them easy to integrate into a roof made of slate or tile.
The process of installation in terms of integrated solar panel systems is relatively simple. The system will often make use of standard framed modules that are mounted in flashing or trays. This is usually in a rectangular-shaped slab, and installers will use standard tiles or slates to fill in the sides.
Once installers have finished battening and felting the roof, they can fit the plastic trays and install the standard framed solar panels. When they have installed the entire array, the installers will complete the tiling or slating.
In-roof or integrated solar panel systems can also work with Velux windows, where you can have the windows integrated with the array’s design to make it look more seamless and streamlined.
Many property owners see integrated solar panels as much less intrusive than conventional systems placed on top of the roof. The design itself can mix more seamlessly with the surrounding tiles, and since it lies flat, it doesn’t look awkward or unsightly.
Aside from enhanced aesthetic appeal, integrated systems are a better option for more delicate buildings or structures since there isn’t much load on the roof.