Solar Shingles: The Powerhouse for New Roof Construction

Solar shingles, made of thin-film photovoltaic cells, resemble ordinary asphalt shingles. The shingles not only give an aesthetic appeal but also protect your roof like ordinary shingles while generating solar energy to meet your electricity requirements. Solar shingles come in a variety of colors to match the exterior outlook of your property. The blog post discusses the key highlights you need to consider if you are planning to use solar powered shingles, especially during new roof construction.

  1. Power Generating Capacity of Solar Shingles

Solar power generation is registering a growth rate of 40–50 percent every year with the advent of solar shingles. Typically, a 100 square feet roof can produce 13 watts power that accounts for 60% energy savings for residential property.

2. Cost of Solar Power Shingles

The cost of solar shingles depends on a large number of factors such as brand, region, size and the extent of re-roofing. Expenses on solar shingle roof can range from $30,000 or more based on tax incentives provided by the federal government. Prices may vary due to one or more of the factors mentioned below:

  • The size and pitch of the roof
  • The size of solar power installation desirable
  • Manufacturer and brand
  • Full or partial roof replacement
  • Number of solar shingles used

It has been estimated that installing solar shingles can reduce household energy bills by 40–60% post installation, covering the setting up costs in few months.

3. Installation
Solar shingles can be installed more easily as compared to solar panels. Solar shingles are installed directly on the roofing surface without leaving any gaps to make the installation safe and seamless. Electrical wiring of solar shingles, however, take more time as each shingle is separately wired through the attic spaces. Solar shingles require greater penetration into the roofing surface.

Benefits of Solar shingles
Efficiently installed solar shingles cover a larger area than traditional solar panels. Apart from exterior integration with your property’s design, solar shingles are beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Lightweight
  • Provides same extent of protection like asphalt shingles
  • Longevity up to 30–40 years
  • Substantial energy savings compensating installation costs
  • Zero noise and air pollution

The roof receives an optimum amount of sunlight and so it makes sense to install solar shingles. Professionally installed solar shingles can also defy higher wind pressures than asphalt shingles. The roofing material not only provides weather protection but also generates clean electricity and is also aesthetically pleasing.

Key Considerations for Solar Shingles
Shady areas obstruct the power generation capacity of solar shingles, so ensure that the solar shingles have an appropriate angular placement to receive the optimum amount of sunlight. The roofing material needs to be capable of bearing the heat and also allow proper air circulation. Solar shingles require regular maintenance to ensure that the shingles are free from dust and debris. Solar shingles are fragile and so it is necessary to take the help of professional roofers to ensure proper installation. Solar shingles, being the hybrid model of roof and solar projects, is more viable and cost-effective for old roof replacement.

The Way Forward
Solar shingles are an efficient solution for new roof construction or re-roofing. Residential owners can check the energy feasibility by laying asphalt shingles on one surface and trying solar shingles on the other. It is, however, advisable to take the help of professionals to install solar shingles for proper installations and desired results.