4 things to look for when choosing a company to install your solar energy system
Keep these things in mind as you search for a solar energy contractor
When you’re considering a solar energy system for your home or business, the price of installation is often a key factor. However, it’s equally important to look for a contractor who is well-qualified. A quality installation will save you from problems down the road that cost money and time. You should look for a licensed and insured contractor, who doesn’t use subcontractors, and who uses best industry practices.
The solar energy contractor you choose should be fully licensed as an electrician with a journeyman qualification. Your contractor should also be qualified to work independently. A licensed solar contractor will have met key standards, including having completed an apprenticeship. Unlicensed and/or apprentice electricians are often cheaper; however, their workmanship is unreliable.
A solar energy installation company that has the appropriate insurance is also something to look for. You want to be sure the company insures any equipment it uses in case it’s damaged or lost. Insurance also covers water leakage that might happen after installation and any mold that results from it. This is particularly important in northeast Florida, which tends to get a lot of rain during the summer.
- No subcontractors
Your solar energy company shouldn’t use subcontractors to complete the installation because subcontractors are unreliable. A company that installs your system themselves instead of outsourcing allows for a direct line of communication should problems arise during or after installation.
- Experienced roofers
Solar energy system installations require roofing work, so it’s essential that the company you select uses experienced roofers. Ask the company if it installs metal flashing and 50-year sealants as its anti-leaking measures. These are the gold standards that top solar contractors use to prevent water damage to your home.
A solar energy system is a long-term investment that provides benefits for decades. Make sure you use licensed, trained professionals for your install, and you won’t be paying more later for problems down the road.