How does a solar roof differ from solar panels?
Solar panels are associated with solar power – they are large, dark tiles that are mounted on top of a roof in racks and are covered in dark glass. They often stick out from the rest of your home. Solar roofing involves photovoltaic tiles, which are interlocked with the already existing roofing tiles to create a nicer look.
What are the advantages?
The largest advantage is that it blends in with your existing roof, all while providing your home with a good power source. The tiles mix well with other roofing materials, giving your roof a nicer, cleaner appearance.
What are the disadvantages?
The main disadvantage is the cost – solar roof tiles are more expensive, since installing them requires special skills. However, you will end up saving money in the long-term, since the solar roof will cut down energy costs noticeably.
Will it match my roof?
The tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, so you will most likely find one that closely matches.
How are they installed?
In order to get the most sun hitting the tiles as possible and producing the most power, the tiles should face the direction where you get maximum sun exposure in your area. The climate where you live will impact the amount of energy produced, since some parts of the country get more sunlight than others.
Showalter Roofing has a dedicated architectural sheet metal division ready to install and repair your metal roofing system. We carry a wide variety of materials in our warehouse and have the machinery needed to get your solar roof up and running!
Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Roofing and Siding