71.6% Avg. ROI
|Hail Heat Rain Wind $24.5+ per sq ft|
|Hail Heat Rain Wind $24.5+ per sq ft|
Solar Shingles & Roofing
Solar shingles are a relatively new technology designed to look like ordinary asphalt shingles. They protect your roof and have the same durability and flexibility as regular shingles, while harnessing the sun’s solar energy to generate power for your home. Each solar shingle will produce between 13 and 63 watts of energy, depending on the brand of solar roof shingles. Investing in solar shingles can significantly decrease your monthly utility bills, while also helping you to decrease your carbon footprint. Some homeowners also appreciate their sleek aesthetic as opposed to larger solar panel roofing. Solar shingles are lightweight and easy to install and just like ordinary shingles, they are designed to withstand rain, wind, and hail.
Solar Shingles Cost
- Costs: $24.50+per square foot
- Life expectancy: 30-40 years
- Energy Efficient
- 71.6% Average Return on Investment
- Lightweight & Easy to Install
The number of BIPV shingles it would take to power your entire home depends upon the size of your house and your typical energy usage, but even installing a few can help out. It is not necessary to replace your entire roof as you can integrate solar shingles into your existing roof. If your roof is in need of an overhaul anyway though, replacing your roof is not a bed investment. According to the most recent Cost vs. Value report, replacing the roof on your home can have an an ROI of 71.6%. Additionally, recent Department of Energy backed studies have demonstrated that homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with solar roofing features–up to $15,000.
Solar Shingles vs Solar Panels
Solar Shingle Pros:
- More aesthetically pleasing than bulky solar panels.
- Solar shingles’ cost depends on the type of installation job – It potentially could be more cost effective in new roofing installation or roof replacement situations (potential of 10% to 15% cost effective per watt of solar energy)
- Solar shingles are able to be removed and taken with you if you were to move to a new home.
Solar Shingles Cons:
- Can be less energy efficient than solar panels depending on the solar install project.
- Needs a particular roof slope where sun is readily available in order to get the most value out of it.
- Life span of solar shingles may not be as long lasting as solar panels.
- Many solar installers do not offer solar shingle installations as an option.
- Solar panels (dependent on the job type) can often be more efficient per watt relative to the cost of installation.
Solar panels are still preferable in terms of performance and price when compared to solar shingles. BIPV solar shingles don’t work with every type of roof. Your roof needs to be angled correctly to receive sunlight to get the most out of your solar shingle roofing. You also need to have a roofing substrate that can handle getting hot, and the correct air circulation. If you’re interested in solar shingles, you’ll need to have a solar installer check out your roof to see if it’s a possibility. Solar panels, in contrast, can be angled to receive maximum sunlight even if the roof itself isn’t quite at the right slope or if it’s facing the wrong direction. They can be moved and relocated if necessary, without replacing the roof. Solar panels are also less expensive.
Solar panels are more efficient, so you don’t need to use as much roof space to bring down your electric bill. Solar shingles also may not last as long. They haven’t been on the market long enough to provide any true indicators of their potential for longevity. Additionally, very few solar installers use solar shingles so it can be difficult to find an installer who can complete your solar shingle roofing installation.
How Do Solar Shingles Work?
Solar shingles work like traditional home solar panels. They use the sun as a power source to create electricity. Each of the solar shingles is comprised of photovoltaic cells. Each of the cells on solar shingles contains a type of material called a semiconductor. A semiconductor is a solid substance that has a conductivity between an insulator and most metals, either due to the addition of an impurity or because of temperature effects. Devices made of semiconductors, notably silicon, are essential components of most electronic circuits. When light hits solar shingles it is captured within the silicon semiconductor. The semiconductor now contains energy that flows freely. This energy is harnessed by the photovoltaic cells to flow in one common direction. This creates a current that can be used for electrical power.
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