Solar Panel Mounts

Learn about solar mounts.

Solar mounts are used to attach your PV panels to the roof.Solar mounts are used to attach your PV panels to your roof. There are also pole mounts for solar panels but here we will be discussing the bracket and rail mount systems used in roof based solar installations (solar roof mounts).

Learn about solar power mounts and pv rail systems.Choosing the right solar mounts is an important part of solar power installation since this is the main structural support for your PV panels. When deciding on which solar roof mounts to use, you must take into consideration size, utility, affordability and convenience. Knowing your solar mount options plus the benefits of each one will help you decide which solar panel mount option is right for you.

There are a few types of pv roof mounts for solar panels.Types of Solar Roof Mounts

There are three main types of solar mounts for roof top installation: Flush mounts, roof/ground universal solar mounts and the slightly more user friendly mount rail system.

 


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Flush Solar Mounts

Flush solar panel mounts are used with smaller pv systems.Flush solar roof mounts are normally used with smaller solar systems and cannot swivel or change angle once installed. These solar panel mounts consist of metal brackets that support each side the solar panel, elevating it several inches from the roof.

They don't consist of much actual hardware which not only makes them the most affordable choice but also easy to install.

Flush mounts - suited for small to medium solar arrays.Make sure there is at least at 2-4 inches of space between the roof and the bottom side of the solar panels for circulation and cooling.

Although flush solar PV mounts are very affordable and easy to install, they are best suited for use will smaller solar arrays that require no flexibility in their orientation (angle).

Roof / Ground Universal Solar Mounts

Roof / ground universal solar mounts for ground and roof.Roof / ground universal solar mounts are used with larger solar photovoltaic systems and can be mounted on both the ground and on roofs.

These solar roof mounts are made up of a grid-like system of multiple supports and are typically much more bulky than flush solar roof mounts, thus provide much more support for longer, wider and heavier solar panels.

Some solar roof mounts can swivel or change angle.Many of these solar mounts have the ability to swivel or change angle although some are harder to adjust than others. There are even some of these solar roof mounts that you can program to change the tilt of your solar panel with the movement of the sun for an increase in solar power production.

Since there's more hardware in the construction of these solar roof mounts as well as more support and functionality they are also more expensive.

These solar roof mounts have also been known to be harder to install on rooftops especially if there's strong wind, however if you have huge solar panels roof/ground universal solar mounts may be your only choice for secure support.

Solar Mount Rail Systems

Solar mount rail systems can be used for tilted angle panels.Solar mount rail systems are like universal solar panel mounts but typically much more flexible, versatile and easier to install and adjust. These solar roof mounts can be used for flat roof installations or for tilted installations.

When the tilt mounts are installed horizontally it is known as horizontal mode, and when they're vertical, it's called landscape mode.

Solar mount rail systems come in a variety of sizes and styles the most common involving bolting a rail system to your roof first and then attaching the panels to the rails.

The type of solar mounts you choose for your roof mount solar installation will depend on your location, environment, roof condition, budget and individual needs and limitations.

However, most solar residential systems use the flush mount brackets on flat roofs, the mount rail system on sloped roofs as well as roof/ground universal solar mounts, but less often.

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