Pride of Ownership

Pride of ownership is something most of us somewhat instinctively have once we own a home. We usually keep it clean and well-gardened.

If you ever take a drive around the neighborhood, take some time to look at the front lawn of the various homes.

If you look closely, you’ll begin to recognize which homes are occupied by renters and which ones are occupied by owners. The grass is usually greener when you own a home and that’s because you want what you own to look good and welcoming. Of course, this isn’t always the case but most of the time the lawn test is pretty accurate.

Solar panels are noticeable additives to the home so it’s very understandable as to the concern regarding how it alters the home’s look. Do they make my house look ugly or do they make my house look more sophisticated? Solar panels usually stand out and are easily recognized for what they are and what they do by the community. Many people who are interested in solar have reservations on moving forward and hesitate partially due to aesthetics. Some people think they look awkward, odd, and/or simply unappealing.

Most people do not have a problem with the way standard solar panels look. On the contrary to what people may think is unattractive, the installations could actually trigger interest and even a little envy from people who drive by. Those who own visible solar panels, in a way, take leadership in encouraging the community to take action toward alternative energy without actually verbalizing it.

These days, solar panels are valued. People who are looking to buy a home will usually pay a premium to own a home that already has solar panels installed. These same buyers are usually also aware of the greater resale value that the home will give to them if they decide to sell in the future.

If the best part of your roof for solar happens to face a direction that is less conspicuous, then standard solar panels may probably be the best option because they costs less and are less visible.

On the flip-side, if the best sections of your roof for solar happen to face a visible part of the street and you absolutely prefer not to have obvious standard solar panels, then that issue can be solved for a higher price.

A recent addition to solar options are solar shingles. These are photovoltaic cells that are designed to look like conventional asphalt shingles. There a number of solar shingle types that include solid strips, semi-rigid designs, and even thin film solar cell designs that can match with conventional shingles in terms of flexibility and size. Depending on the model specified, different mounting requirements are needed and not all roofs are good candidates. Solar shingles are also less efficient than traditional solar panels and so require a greater area of the roof to produce electricity.

In a nutshell, do solar panels make my home look ugly?

That’s a subjective matter and really for you to decide, but regardless of what you end up thinking, various options are out there to fulfill your needs so that you can feel happy and satisfied with the installed outcome.