In this day and age, there are two things that are pretty high up on many people’s priority list, saving money and saving the environment. Most of the time, these two are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
However, thanks to technological developments, your home can save you money and help save the environment with the help of solar shingles.
Solar shingles are a brand new innovative technology that harnesses the energy of the sun to provide your home with electricity while at the same time serving as an excellent roofing material.
At Dynasty Building Solutions, we pride ourselves on being a leader in the solar roofing industry. If you’re thinking about installing a solar roofing system but don’t know where to start and what all the terminology means, then carry on reading as we break down what precisely solar shingles and solar roofing is and how it can benefit you and your home.
What Are Solar Shingles?For as long as human beings have been around, we’ve been looking for sources of energy to power our lifestyles. We have tapped into the earth’s oil reserves, wind energy, and nuclear energy. Thus, it would make sense for us to look to one of the most significant energy sources in our solar system.
Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy available to us. And in places like Florida, with sunshine all year round, it would make sense for homeowners to want to introduce solar energy into their homes.
For many years, people have used solar panels to power their homes. However, these panels are pretty bulky and only cover a part of your roofing system.
People wanted to find a way to reduce the size of the solar panel because it often clashed with the architectural style and curb appeal of homes while harnessing enough energy to power their homes.
And today, the solar shingle does just that. The solar shingle roof is an integrated photovoltaic system. This means that the roof’s shingles generate electricity directly from the sun.
Solar shingles and solar panels are made from similar materials, but the solar shingle can be installed on your roof just like ordinary roofing materials.
Types of Solar ShinglesWhen installing your solar shingled roof, it’s essential for you to make use of a roofing company that’s trained and certified to install solar shingle roofing systems. There are two types of solar shingles available to you, the silicon solar shingle and the CIGS solar shingles.
Silicon Solar ShinglesThe silicon solar shingles are similar to the solar panel as they both have a rigid frame, and they can be integrated alongside your existing roof shingles. The shingles have a waterproof layer to protect your shingles from things like rain and moisture, as well as the photosensitive layer that allows the shingle to harness the sun’s energy.
CIGS Solar ShinglesThe CIGS solar shingles is a new development in solar technology. Made from copper-idium-gallium-selenide (CIGS), these shingles are a lot lighter and more flexible than silicon solar shingles. The CIGS solar shingles can be installed along with your existing roofing materials.
Many roofing brands are jumping on the bandwagon and producing their own range of solar roofing shingles. Dow and Certainteed have launched their solar roof shingles and are currently the leading solar shingle roofing brand in the US. However, automobile manufacturer Tesla has recently entered the roofing industry with their Tesla Solar Roof.
Advantages of Solar ShinglesSolar shingle roofing is a fantastic way to generate clean energy in your home. With enough shingles installed on your roof, you would be able to power your entire home with solar energy. A solar roofing system will help you drastically reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint. The government also offers a $2000 tax deduction for homeowners with a solar roofing system.
Disadvantages of Solar ShinglesRooftops are often not built to capture the most sunlight or solar energy possible. The positioning of your home, as well as the size of your rooftop, will determine how many solar shingles should be installed on your roof and thus how much energy you’d be able to generate. If your home is situated at an angle that shades it from the sun, you might not be able to reap the benefits of a solar roofing system.
For more information about installing solar shingles on your rooftop, give Dynasty Building Solutions a call today!
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