A Roof Over Head: Roof Maintenance and Protection

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Many people see a roof as a form of protection, yet fail to protect the roof itself! Most people don’t consider roof maintenance as a bare necessity, but a little love and care for your roof can translate into long-term benefits for you and your home.

What Kind Of Roof Do You Have?
Roofs come in many shapes and sizes. In New England, many homes are covered with asphalt-shingled roofs. The shingles (long square or rectangular sheets of thinly made asphalt) are layered on top of one another and are either nailed or glued to a roof surface. Often times, a layer of tar is used to help bond the shingles together (giving the roof a uniformed look while protecting it against the elements). Rubber and metal roofs are often constructed with single or multiple sheets of the respective material, and can be adhered or bolted to the roof surface. In some places tiled roofs (clay or slate) can also be seen. These stone and clay tiles are layered just like shingles to add protection for the roof. And while each roof has its own particular needs, one thing is consistent; exposure to the elements wreaks havoc on your roof.

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Negative Electric Bills: How Solar Spins Back Your Meter

You might think that getting a negative bill is too good to be true. But at Rayah Solar, we help people do just that! The process is called Net Metering, and its fairly simple once you get the basic understanding. If your solar system produces more power than you used that month, you will get a credit from your utility company and a negative bill! We’ve answered some frequently asked questions about net metering below: check it out!

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1) What is Net Metering?
A Net Meter is essentially a two-way meter, spinning in both directions. When you are drawing power from the grid, it spins forward. If you have solar panels on your home or business, and the panels are producing more power than you are using, than the Net Meter will spin backwards. The Net Meter acts like a solar electric savings account, keeping track of the power you put into the utility grid. This is how you save money!

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