How are Solar Panels Attached to Your Roof?

Rooftops are often the most practical place to put solar panels. They receive a lot of direct sunlight, there usually isn’t anything blocking them, and they are sturdy. When the panels are attached, giant bolts hold them in place. This creates a solar panel roof mount. The solar company that installs your panels will drill these mounts into your roof.

Step-by-Step Process for Installing Solar Panels

Step 1:

The first step when installing a solar panel roof mount is to figure out where the stanchions go. Stanchions are giant screws that hold the solar panels in place. The mounting is made to be durable and to withstand what is known as “upforce”, a pull that could rip the panels from the roof. To determine the proper placement of the stanchions, find the rafters in your roof using either your home’s blueprint or a stud finder. The stanchions should be placed at least four feet apart.

Step 2:

The next step is to attach the screws to the roof. Carefully create holes in the rafters using a drill.

Step 3:

Thirdly, put the screws in the holes and secure. Make sure that the upper and lower aluminum rails are secured to the stanchions using bolts. Use an impact driver for maximum tightness. Then, the screws should be sealed. This maintains your home’s thermal envelope. It will keep a tight lock on your roof, not letting any of the elements inside.  Properly-installed stanchions will not leak.

Step 4:

The fourth step for installing solar panels is to measure the distance from the rails. Place a measuring tape diagonally from the top of one rail to the bottom of the rail directly across from it. Do the same on the other side. These measurements should be exactly equal. If they are, you know that the rails are parallel. If the measurements are not equal, then adjust accordingly.

Step 5:

After you make sure the rails are square, it’s time to install the middle rail. The middle rail should be aligned with the upper and lower rails.

Step 6:

The sixth step brings power to your solar panels. It involves putting wires into your panels and running them to your power inverter kits, creating your conductor systems. Then, you will install a power inverter kits underneath every one of your panels. Then install some 6-gauge copper grounding wire onto your inverters. This finishes the conductor systems. These wire connections should be connected from one solar array to the next one.

The Last Step:

Finally, you will place the panels on top of the previously-installed stanchions. The plug connections need to be joined and the retaining clips must be screwed onto the rails to ensure that the panels are secure.

Once you have finished the previous step, it is time to move on to more electrical work. Extend some wires from your panels and connect them to an electrical meter. The wires also need to connect to an electrical sub-panel.

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