Solar Roof Systems
The Road to a Solar Home
O’Donnell Roofing makes it easier than ever for eco-conscious families to save with clean energy. As we enter a world where there are more sustainable options for our cars, appliances, and everything else— why not our roofs?
Energy Bill Savings + Tax Credits
Extensive Solar Panel Experience
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Your opinion matters to us! We love when a customer chooses to work with us because of a referral or testimonial.
O'Donnell replaced our roof and added the solar panels. Everything was well done and the panels are working fine.
Eric O., Lansdowne
O'Donnell was super helpful in helping me install a ceiling vent for my bathroom's new exhaust fan. I was worried the project would be to small for them, but they were responsive…
Melissa L., Wynnewood
Very happy with the O’Donnell team. Full roof replacement for our home. Matt provided a thorough & fair estimate; it compared favorably to a competing quote. Work was high quality. The team…
John S., Narberth
O’Donnell roofing helped us with a flat roof repair over an addition about 2 years ago. The service then was so excellent that when we had a main roof leak this winter,…
Cristina N., Wynnewood
We contacted O'Donnell to address a small leak we found in the attic. Kevin and his team were able to patch up the trouble spot and identify other areas of the roof…
Dan F., Havertown
Absolutely the best in the biz! Kevin and the entire team did a fantastic job adding a front porch and metal roof to our home. They listened to all our requests and…
Dougherty Contractors, Havertown
I was impressed with O’Donnell from start to finish. They delivered on time and on the quote and the quality of work was excellent. They are very professional and experts in their…
Mike S., Wayne
The roof collapsed and yes we were in a panic. My grandmother had a roofer come out to the home and took a deposit for the roof, and never showed back up…
Annemarie B., Folsom
Had a leak in the slate. They were prompt and competent. We’re happy.
Dan U., Merchantville
Your Clean Energy Solution
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, free yourself from your utility bills, or just save money overall, investing in home solar is a great place to start. Technology improvements have made solar panels cost-effective, efficient and reliable. And incentives to go solar have never been better. Here’s why solar makes sense:
- Increase your home’s value
- Save money on your energy bills
- Protect against rising energy costs
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Receive government rebates and incentives
If you’re curious about more benefits to installing a solar roof, we have a whole team dedicated to helping you switch to solar. Reach out to O’Donnell Solar Co. today!
WONDERING WHERE TO START?
OUR PROCESS MAKES IT SIMPLE
When you reach out to us, we’ll take the time to get to know a little about you and your home so we can make an appropriate recommendation upfront.
INSPECTION & CONSULT
We’ll schedule a time to come to your home and do a thorough inspection. This consultation will give us a better understanding of your situation and what you envision for your home.
IDENTIFY THE SOLUTION
After we inspect your home, we’ll identify the best possible solution to get you the results you deserve. This includes getting an accurate estimate in place and signing off on next steps.
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Once you’ve signed the proposal, we can get to work! Whether it’s replacing a damaged roof or getting you new siding or solar panels to enhance your home — we’ll do it all with trust and transparency.
Get the Right Home Energy System (For You)
The most important part of a home solar investment is the design of the system. Your home, appliances, and how you use energy are unique. Your budget and energy goals are not the same as your neighbor. So it makes sense that the best home solar systems are customized specifically for their owners.
We take the time to learn how you’re currently using energy and whether your energy needs will change in the future. We factor in your goals and budget. We combine that with an accurate assessment of your roof and property. The end result is a high-performance home energy system that will serve you for decades to come.
Finance Your Solar Roof With Ease
Is the cost of a solar roof overwhelming? We have a solution for that. Our convenient financing options can allow the everyday homeowner to finally make the switch to solar with lower payments over time vs. one lump sum.
YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS
WE’VE GOT ANSWERS
Do I need to get a new roof before installing solar panels?
Solar panels are warrantied for 25 years and are likely to produce electricity for longer so it’s important that your roof is in good shape before installing solar. It can cost several thousand dollars to remove solar panels and reinstall them so that you can replace your roof. Make sure that your contractor carefully evaluates your roof structure and roof system to ensure that it will last as long as your solar panels.
It’s not an insignificant cost to replace your roof before installing solar panels, but the upside is that the savings from solar will help pay for your roof.
How does solar affect my roof and roofing warranties?
Mounting solar panels to your roof can easily require dozens of attachment points that penetrate your roof. Your warranty for any areas of the roof without solar and for roofing manufacturing defects not related to a solar installation will remain intact, but you’ll still be at risk for any parts of the roof that the solar contractor modified.
Ideally it is best to have a new roof and solar installed at the same time, using the same contractor. If that’s not an option, you should at least have your roof inspected prior to the solar installation to know and document its current condition.
Will home solar increase my property value?
According to a study by Zillow, home solar increased property values by an average of 4.1%. Even better, the study found that homes in Pennsylvania increased by 4.9%!
It makes sense that having a home that generates its own electricity becomes more valuable as energy costs rise and as homebuyers become more energy conscious.
Yet it’s important to understand that the premium that you’ll get for selling a home with solar will vary depending on the type of solar, the performance of the system, how old it is, what warranties it has that can be transferred, and whether you own the system or lease it from a third-party.
Will solar panels be able to power my home if the power goes out?
A typical solar panel system is required to shut down when the utility grid power goes out in order to protect service technicians who are working on restoring power. If solar systems were still operating, they could create a shock hazard by powering wires and other equipment that technicians are in contact with.
In order to power your home during a power outage, a home solar system needs to be able to disconnect itself from the grid – similar to a transfer switch in a backup generator system. In addition, the inverter or inverters need to be able to form their own “grid”.
It’s possible to design a home solar system with the necessary equipment to operate during a power outage, but because solar panels produce power proportional to the amount of sunlight they receive, you won’t be able to predict how much solar power will be available during a power outage. In order to properly power your home during a power outage, you’ll want to consider adding home batteries.
How will solar panels change the look of my home?
It’s natural to value the curb appeal of our homes. And that the aesthetics of solar panels would be more important when they’re located on the front of a home.
There are many things that can be done to minimize the aesthetic impact of solar panels on your roof including unobtrusive installation, proper balance, all-black systems, planned wiring/conduit runs, and options for no visible conduits. Additionally, matching your solar system to other quality exterior finishes also contributes to visual appeal, which is why we offer our roofing and siding services in conjunction with a solar installation.