Make Your Roof Solar-Powered
Solar shingles are a technological evolution that mimics the appearance of regular asphalt shingles on your roof. They protect your roof and have the same durability and flexibility as ordinary shingles, while also generating electricity for your home using the sun’s solar energy. Each solar shingle will produce between 13 and 63 watts of energy, depending on the brand of solar roof shingles. Solar shingles are lightweight and quick to install, and they are intended to withstand rain, wind, and hail just like regular shingles.
Size; Solar roof shingles are functionally comparable to regular solar panels, although they are smaller in size than most solar panels, with the average photovoltaic shingle being 12” × 86” and weighing roughly 5 kilograms per square foot.
Longevity; While generating maximum energy production, the average solar power roof shingle might easily last two to three decades. Beyond its peak life, it will still continue to produce energy, but at a progressively reduced capacity.
Number; The number of solar panel roof shingles it would require to power a home or building will depend on the building size and your average energy consumption, but even if you install just a few solar shingles, it will bring down your overall energy consumption costs.
Material; TFSC, or thin-film solar cells constructed of copper indium gallium selenide, are used in many of today’s solar shingles. At over 12%, this semiconductor is recognised to have one of the greatest energy conversion efficiency rates.
Pros of solar shingles
Sleek and subtle; Compared to the large and sometimes unsightly traditional solar panels, they are more aesthetically pleasing and sleek, and may integrate in more readily with your current roof design.
Solar power shingles will be more cost-effective if you’re building a new house or upgrading your roof because you will save money on roofing materials and labour.
In the event that you need to relocate your home, solar panel shingles can generally be removed and reinstalled.
More durable; Believe it or not, these shingles are indomitable, so they’ll offer your roof some serious protection against all elements.
Disadvantages of solar roof tiles
Because solar shingles are still gaining recognition and popularity, not every solar roofing installer may provide them.
Limited compatibility; You will need to get a new roof when you install the solar tiles because the tiles can’t be added on top of the previous roof system. The old roof system must be fully removed before installing the tiles. Not all types of solar roof shingles can be installed on an existing roof (unlike traditional solar panels, which can be installed on almost any type of roof)
Very expensive; Solar tiles are more than twice as expensive as solar panels, so you’re really paying for the aesthetics. Solar panels can help you make a more cost-effective move to solar energy in the long run. Solar roof tiles and shingles have a costly upfront cost. It is estimated that it will take at least 15 years to get your return on investment from energy savings. That is about half the life expectancy of the roof system. The standard solar panels have a better return on investment because it typically takes about 5 years to make your money back.
Long installation time; Rebuilding a complete roof takes much longer than simply installing a few solar panels, so this adds to the overall cost. It can take about 2 weeks to have his new roof installed by a crew of 15 to 20 people.
Repairs; If the installation was a technical procedure, you may expect any necessary maintenance to be technical as well.
It may require you to order special items or having a manufacturer’s technical professional come to your home to do the repair.
Low efficiency; Solar tiles’ efficiency (i.e., how much sunlight they convert into energy) typically ranges from 10 to 20%, whereas high-efficiency solar panels typically attain 18 to 25% efficiency.
Are solar tiles right for you?
Solar tile roofs are ideal for people who are technological trailblazers. Those who desire to contribute to making the world a better place to live.
Solar tiles are recommended if you have the cash for them and don’t mind possible wait lists. The ergonomic appeal, durability, and possible energy savings are all factors to consider.