You’ve likely already done research on how solar energy works and the financial benefits. Great! There are still important questions that need to be answered, like what type of solar mounting system you would like to use. There are two main mounting variations for rooftop solar – rail mounted and rail-less; the most widely used method being the rail mount. This article compares rail mounted and rail-less racking solutions available for residential shingle rooftops and identifies the pros and cons of each.
Paradise Energy Solutions does not currently offer DecoTech Roof Integrated Solar or any other rail-less solution. We offer a variety of rail mounting solutions that allow us to customize our system designs to best meet customer’s aesthetic and financial needs. However, we realize rail mounted solar isn’t for everyone. So take a look at the comparison below.
This method uses a flashing to attach onto the existing rooftop. The flashing is similar to what would be used for a standard roof vent. An “L” foot or support component is then fastened to this flashing and holds the aluminum/steel rail 2-4 inches above the rooftop, upon which the solar panels are mounted.
The Pros for Standard Rail Mounting:
The Cons for Standard Rail Mounting:
Overall, standard rail mounted solar offers the most flexibility when it comes to system design, and with its long history of success in the industry, it continues to be the popular choice for homeowners. These systems typically stand out on a rooftop, although there is equipment available that is designed to blend with the existing roof.
This more of a low profile mounting method. Systems typically use multiple attachment points on the rooftop and attach to each panel individually, eliminating the need for rails.
The Pros of Rail-less Solar:
The Cons of Rail-less Solar:
Overall, rail-less solar (DecoTech Roof Integrated Solar) offers a low profile solar system for the visually conscious customer. With no rails and flashing along the edges, installation is clean and less noticeable from the street, with a little less customization than what’s available for rail mounted systems.
There are no right or wrong choices when it comes to picking a mounting method for your solar system. Picking between the two primarily comes down to a cosmetic decision. Solar is a long-term investment, so it’s important that you spend time examining both options to find what’s best for you. To help you in your decision process, we suggest answering the following questions:
Do you want help answering these questions or do you have other questions about solar?
Our team of solar experts is here to help guide you in finding the best solution for you. Start the conversation by sending us a message or calling us at 877-851-9269.