When building a home (or any other large building), you have two general principles. First of all, you want to make sure the building is sturdy and functional. On the other hand, some projects should be much more unique and stylistic.

When a seasoned designer or contractor works on a project, they understand the proper mixture of both, and can emphasize the needs of the project to tailor to the individual client or customer.

If you have recently seen your neighbor installing solar panels on the roof, or perhaps a company has come into your area to install them on multiple homes, you might come to the realization that it is time to move in this direction, escaping the prison of obtaining electricity only from your electric company. Solar panels are the wave of the future, and if you would prefer doing this type of installation on your own, here is how you can get started.

How To Begin

The first thing that you will want to do is get all of the necessary tools that you will need for this type of project. If you do projects and other work around your home already, then you likely have everything that you will need. You will need a hammer, nails, a tool belt, screwdrivers, and a drill. Additionally, you will want to check with your city or town zoning board to see if you are actually able to put solar panels on your roof. There are actually some communities where this is not allowed, but in most cases, you can get a special permit that will allow you to do this very simple thing.

Choosing The Right Location

The first step of the process is finding the best location for the solar panels that you install. Most people will choose the East or West side of their roof, although it is also good to have it pointing in a southerly direction. Depending upon your latitude, solar panels that can get the sun on the south side of the home are the ones that will make the most energy. Depending upon the pitch of your roof, especially if you live at a latitude of about 25 degrees or less, it may be necessary to tip them upwards to catch the sun directly. If you need help with this phase of the project, it may be best to discuss your solar project with a residential solar company.

Installing The Solar Panels

The next step is securing the mounts on the roof which should be four feet apart. They should be secured into the top of your rafters. If you miss the rafters, you will simply put a hole in your roof which will cause it to leak, so you need to be very careful when putting your mounts in place. The holes that you drill will be for steel mounts that will fasten the mounts for the solar panels. Once this is secure, you will then be able to add your solar panels to the mounts, which is very easy to do, and they should be about three inches above the roof itself. Solar companies in your area can help. If you are in the Illinois area, you may want to call a solar company in Winnetka to work on this project for you.

Connecting The Wires

The next step of the process is connecting all of the wires so that the electricity that is produced can be sent into your home, and also stored in batteries. The batteries are typically located at the base level, so you will want to run enough wire from the panels to the batteries, regardless of where they are positioned. Once this is done, which you might want to have a professional solar panel installation expert come out to make sure everything is done correctly. You will be ready to create free energy every day so that you can get off the grid, and perhaps, even make a little bit of money selling your electricity back to your electric company on a regular basis.

For more details, you can read through this Forbes article from Houzz about installing solar panels.