Considering Going Solar?

It’s a Hot Topic for Good Reason!

I’m sure by now you have heard of solar power and have likely even considered it for your own home. It’s energy-efficient, reduces your carbon footprint and helps increase your home’s overall value. At Blanton and Sons, we know how important it is to care for all aspects of your home. Going solar can be a big decision so read on for the factors to consider. 

Check Out Your Roof

Solar panels need about 200 square feet of unobstructed space to work properly. Is your roof free of chimneys, pipes and skylights? You’ll also want to take into account the direction your house faces. North-facing homes get a significantly less amount of sunlight than one that faces South or West. Another thing to consider: are there a lot of tall trees or buildings nearby? Shade can reduce the effectiveness of solar panels altogether. Lastly, make sure that your roof can sustain the weight of solar panels. An inspection will be able to help you do that. 

Weigh the Investment 

Solar panels can be costly, ranging into the five figures. Look for rebate and tax credit programs in your area to help offset the initial installation costs or perhaps, consider leasing them. Right now, there is a federal tax program that allows you to write off up to 26% of the installation costs on your taxes. The good news is the average homeowner can expect to save about $1,000 a year once their panels are installed. Over time, you are building additional equity into your home, as well. 

Climate Control 

More good news? We live in an area that is perfect for solar panels! Our hot, sunny South Carolina days mean ample sunshine to fuel your home. Areas that are typically overcast or rainy are not as conducive to solar.

Mounted vs Movable

There are quite a few different types of solar panels out there to choose from. From mounted to movable to shingles, it’s important to weigh your options. 

Mounted panels are the most common and the most popular. When you think of solar panels, mounted panels are likely what comes to mind. There are a few different materials but monocrystalline silicon panels last the longest but are also the priciest. Polycrystalline silicon crystals are more affordable and more popular but typically only last 15-20 years. There’s also an advanced type of panel that moves as the sun moves through the sky. As you would expect, the enhanced technology makes these a pricier option. 

Not ready to commit to solar panels? Or perhaps you dislike how they look? Solar shingles are a great option for these homeowners. More concealed and discreet, they also produce less energy and cost more. 

Excess Energy

Concerned that your panels won’t be able to produce enough energy? Rest assured, you can still plug into your city’s grid to ensure you always have enough. If you are lucky, some solar panels overproduce and that excess energy can also get you a credit through your local government. 


While it seems like a costly upfront investment, going solar could have a significant, long-term impact on your home, saving you energy and increasing your equity. Interested in learning more about your options? Give us a call at Blanton and Sons today!