Can Solar Panels Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal?

Posted On Monday, 11 October 2021 22:46

Some homeowners are often reluctant to get solar panels installed into their homes because they worry that it will take away from their home’s appearance. However, there are plenty of ways that solar panels can make your home look more elegant. It can help take the design and your home’s aesthetics to the next level, and it can help increase your home’s valuation. 

Over the past decade, the number of homeowners that are installing solar panels has been increasing. These energy efficient components can help people save a lot of money in the long term, as solar energy will help reduce the amount of electricity being used. Homeowners have been able to save a small fortune on utility bills because of solar energy, but there are still a lot of folks on the fence because they feel it will damage their home’s curb appeal. However, solar panels have become a mainstream option in many residential areas around America and the rest of the world. 

It is possible to integrate solar into your home without damaging your property’s curb appeal. A lot of potential buyers are looking for homes with solar already installed. 

Should I Install the Solar Panels on The Front or the Back of My Home?

If you are thinking about installing solar panels into your home, the first thing that you will need to consider is where to put them. The majority of homeowners will install panels onto their roofs, as this is the most popular location. The roof is often the highest point on the homeowner’s property, which makes it an ideal location. 

To get the most out of your solar panel, the majority of solar providers recommend that your panel is facing south. If the back of your home is facing south, then you should consider installing your panel there. However, if the front of the house is facing south, you might want to consider other locations. But there are many homeowners and potential buyers that like the look of the solar panels, so if the only location available is in the front of the house, don’t worry too much about it making a negative impact on your home’s overall appearance. 

Homeowners also have to consider where they are going to store the solar battery. Battery storage systems are often large components. If you don’t want these batteries to affect your home’s design, you might want to find an area in your home where you can store them. A large garage with plenty of free space, or a utility room might do the trick. 

Consider a Ground Mount

It seems most homeowners install their solar panels on their roofs, but there are other options available. Not everybody likes the look of a solar panel mounted on their roof, while some homes don’t have the correct roof orientation so they can’t get optimal energy production while it is on the roof. If you have a lot of free space on your property, you might want to consider ground mounts instead. 

Although solar energy will help you cut down on utility bills, the solar panel cost can burn a hole in your wallet, especially for those wanting to install a ground mount solar panel. Gaining a permit to install these devices in the ground can prove challenging, and it can take a lot of manpower to install each one, so you can expect to pay a little extra on labor. 

Avoid Traditional Solar Panels

Many feel that older solar panels don’t look appealing. Although they are still readily available, you might want to avoid investing in them because they can ruin your home’s design. Most of these panels have plenty of wires connected to them, and some have large silver frames with a distinctive white backing. Although traditional panels are often a lot cheaper than modern models, you might regret it after the installation has been completed. 

However, solar technology has improved over the past twenty years. There are lots of different solar panels out there that won’t damage your home’s curb appeal. Ask your solar provider for details about the different options available. Consider visiting one of their client’s homes, or asking for images of the solar panel before you get one installed into your property. 

Conclusion

People seem to be more inclined to make the switch because of modern solar panels. Some realtors believe that solar panels can increase the value of a home by $15,000. Recent statistics have shown that houses on the market with solar panels sell for more than similar houses without solar panels. The demand for properties with solar panels has been increasing in recent years, so if you are planning on putting your home up for sale, it might prove to be a worthwhile investment.

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