Reports say Colorado Springs is the 18th best place in America to get solar panels, based on how much financial payback could come from them. With over 300 days of sunshine per year in Colorado, we see the positives in investing in solar energy, both for the environment, and for your return on investment. However, there are a few caveats to consider when thinking about putting solar panels on the roof of your home.

First, it’s still a fairly expensive investment for many. Because it’s popularity has reached a bit of a plateau after skyrocketing in the marketplace a few years ago, the technology behind solar panels and demand for them has not yet brought the price down to a favorable range for most consumers. Plus, the up-front cost of a complete system installation might be too much for some homeowners who want to save money. But don’t worry, those savings will come eventually – it’s proven, after all!

Installation timelines can also be an unexpected source of spending. It’s all up to the solar panel installation contractor as to the timeline of your installation, and is known to take anywhere from weeks to months. But, the latter could mean doubling your initial installment bill and leaving you with a further break-even point on your energy investment.

Plus, you’ll want to be smart about where you place your panels on your home’s roof. Roofs facing the south will see more sunlight than those facing the north, and a lower pitch tends to draw more solar energy toward a rooftop. If your home is already in a prime location and agrees with the needs of solar panels, they may be the perfect investment for you. But, if your roof is too steep to install panels and does not face a good direction to absorb plenty of sunlight each day, you may want to hold off on this eco-friendly energy solution.

Solar panels themselves also tend to pose a heavy threat to your structure if it’s not optimized or your home is older. Solar panels are not incredibly heavy per se, but definitely add a level of hazard during installation and would require a professional’s eye to determine whether installing them was safe for your family and home itself on a logistical level.