When the idea of solar roofing comes to your mind, you often think of large, black panels mounted on racks on top of your roof. Some homeowners think this can diminish the overall appearance of your home. However, now you can choose from a variety of solar roof options for your home. Here are the latest in solar roofing systems.
Rack Less Solar Systems
Rack less solar systems mainly consist of solar roof tiles or shingles. These roof tiles are made up of photovoltaic elements in many different sizes and shapes and can seamlessly interlock with your existing roof. Unlike conventional solar panels that are installed on existing roofs with racking systems, solar tiles are part of the roof itself. The main advantages of rack less solar systems, when compared to the traditional solar panels, are better aesthetic value and ease of installation.
Solar Shingles and Tiles
Solar shingles and tiles are a viable option for major home renovations since they combine the process of roof installation and providing your home with solar power into one. One of the main advantages of solar roofing is that it blends seamlessly into your existing roof structure as the tiles closely match the color and shape of your current roofing materials.
Solar Roof Panels
Another unique solarized roof product available are solar roof panels. These are long, thin monocrystalline silicon solar panels. These panels have optically boosted glass fronts to blend into the roof. On the surface, they also have distinct glass tiles that help them to focus the sun’s rays.
These solar roof panels are made of traditional aluminum frames and polymer-based junction boxes and back sheets. They are about 21.5 inches in width and up to 18 to 20 feet long and are customizable according to the size of your home’s roof. Another added advantage of using these panels is that they can’t be seen from the ground, and look very similar to a standard tile or metal roof and can generate solar power.
How long do solar shingles last?
Solar shingles generally have an average lifetime of 20 to 30 years, even if used at maximum energy output. As they get older, they will continue to produce energy. However, older shingles might not be as efficient as before and may not be able to provide power at peak capacity as they did before.