Now that temperatures are rising, so are most residents' electric bills. Summer heat typically also prompts a boom in interest in solar-powered electricity.
Installing solar panels in home roofs with the DFW Roofing Pro team begins with a consultation to determine the feasibility and cost of a solar installation. Company owner Blake Luby says they consider a variety of factors, such as one's energy usage, the size and orientation of roofs, number of rooms being covered and any local incentives or rebates that may be available. "Based on this information, we provide a detailed proposal and cost estimate for the installation," he says.
While there are hundreds of roofing contractors in the Frisco/McKinney/Prosper/Dallas-Fort Worth region, it’s the “Pro” designation in the DFW Roofing Pro name that sets them apart, asserts Blake. They offer professional roofing services to both residential and commercial customers, including complimentary roof inspections.
In addition to all-things-roofing, DFW Roofing Pro services include gutter repair and installation; garage door repair and installation; drywall repair; painting (exterior, interior, garage doors, fences and decks); and siding repair and installation.
During the solar panel installation process, Blake says the team takes great care to protect existing roofs and ensures that the solar panels are installed properly and to code. "We use only high-quality solar panels and components to ensure that systems are reliable and efficient. Once the installation is complete, we provide customers with thorough instructions on how to use and maintain their solar panels."
James Albergo, DFW Roofing Pro solar director, confirms that summer months in Texas usually start the chant among homeowners of 'kill the bill,' meaning $200 per month electricity bills on average. "Electric bills are like always having an unfixed financial loan. When, with solar, there's no down payment, and it's appealing to homeowners to know they can almost immediately break-even, or at least quickly start saving money normally spent for electricity," he says.
Two other benefits from solar, James says, are that it's a way to hedge against inflation while also increasing one's property value through securing an eco-friendly home. Plus, he reminds us, homeowners can get a 30 percent tax credit for transitioning to solar power.
Homeowners can expect to pay $15,000 to $100,000 for a solar conversion project, depending on a whole range of factors. "Not everyone's house is a perfect candidate for solar, but we're happy to conduct a free energy assessment to know for sure," James says, indicating that military veterans receive a discount on such projects.
One interesting trend is that James says Texas is the either the first- or second-fastest growing state in solar energy installations, running neck to neck with California installations, depending on which statistics are reviewed from ranking sources such as EcoWatch.
Anyone who is concerned about the electricity grid going down can have a battery backup component installed as part of their overall solar system, even at a future point after the initial installation, James verifies.
"We usually can outfit homeowners with a solar system within 45 to 60 days. And we can take care of paperwork or assist with approvals for homeowners associations, if customers would like us to," James says.
As a family-owned roofing company, Blake says they keep the project lines of communication open with their customers, whether dealing with a storm damage insurance claim, simply replacing roofs or handling siding, painting and fencing services.
He adds that DFW Roofing Pro is a licensed electrical contractor within Texas, which means they are fully qualified and certified to handle all solar needs.
"We understand transitioning to solar energy can be a big decision, and we’re here to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible."