Posted on: 28 March 2017
Solar shingles are an innovative new form of roofing material that are designed to power your home while acting as a protective barrier for the top of your home. Because of their unique material qualities, solar shingles provide a number of distinct benefits to your home. Understanding what solar shingles have to offer your roof can help you figure out if they are the right fit for your home's roofing needs.
Solar shingles are able to withstand weather exposure and temperature fluctuations very well. Beyond their energy generation capabilities, solar shingles are designed to also act as a protective barrier to your roof. While the lifespan of solar shingles will of course depend on a variety of environmental factors, they will last about the same amount of time as a standard asphalt roof.
Ease of Installation
Unlike solar panels, which are large, unwieldy, and require a mounting mechanism to be properly held in place, solar shingles are installed in a similar manner to traditional asphalt roofing shingles, albeit with a little bit more wiring involved. This makes the installation process much easier and quicker than other solar options, and means that you won't have to worry about tons of specialized equipment and labor intensive processes.
Reduced Energy Bills
Of course, the main advantage and reason why a homeowner would decide to install solar shingles on their home is because they provide energy that is effectively free. This means that solar shingles can greatly reduce your energy bills, which can help pay for the cost of installation of the shingles themselves. If you install a battery system, you can even store energy that your solar shingles generate for later use. Of course, the actual amount that you will save will largely depend on how large your roof is, what your climate is like, and how expensive energy is where you live, but for anyone who is looking to sustainably and effectively save money, solar shingles are the ideal roofing material.
In a similar train of thought to the above point, as solar shingles absorb a great deal of the sunlight that they are exposed to, your home will not be heated by the sun as much. This means that in the summer, you will enjoy cooler interior temperatures, which will in turn reduce the amount of stress that you will place on your air conditioner, further saving you money.
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