Folsom Roofing: Article About Benefits Of Solar Shingles
Solar shingles are a great way to lower the energy bill and help the environment. Unlike solar arrays, solar shingles lie flush on the roof and act both as an energy gatherer and as a shingle, so they are more aesthetically pleasing. There are a number of benefits to installing solar shingles on a home. A certified Folsom roofing contractor can explain how a solar shingle roof can help homeowners save money.
Solar shingles, also called photovoltaic cells, work just like a solar array, but they are sized and shaped like traditional asphalt shingles and can be wired directly into a home's power grid. All the energy that is collected each day is used to power the home. Any excess energy can be sold back to the power company. It is also possible to use solar shingles in an off grid system as well. Rather than hooking directly into the home's grid, the solar shingles would connect to a battery bank. This would provide power during an outage or in an off grid home.
Because solar shingles are a green building product the federal government offers tax incentives to homeowners who install solar shingles. The federal tax break is a 30 percent tax credit.
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There are several states that offer an additional credit, some even greater than the federal. This helps offset the cost of purchase and installation, which is greater than installing a traditional asphalt roof.
However, solar shingles are warrantied to last up to twenty years, and may last longer. They can be coated or colored to resemble other, more traditional roofing products, but they blend well and can be used with just about any type of roofing material. It is generally not necessary to cover the entire roof in solar shingles. It largely depends on the amount of power that the property owner wants to produce. Even a small solar array can help offset electrical costs significantly. A solar roof usually pays for itself within a few years.
It is important to determine whether the roof has a south facing slope. The maximum amount of energy can be obtained with this orientation, but it is also possible to have a south easterly or south westerly facing slope. In most of North America, there are usually enough sunny days to make a solar shingle installation worthwhile.
Solar shingles provide property owners with an ecofriendly and cost effective option for replacing a roof. An experienced GAF certified contractor can determine the amount of solar shingles needed to maximize the system's effectiveness, potentially saving the homeowner significant money on electrical costs.