Saving money on your electric bill and the environment are two big benefits of using solar electricity. Many homeowners, meanwhile, absolutely loathe the appearance of photovoltaic power arrays on their roofs.
A rather more recent breakthrough is solar shingles, which resemble regular roofing tiles. Your home might now have a stunning and cost-effective new solar shingle roof installed by Illinois Renewables, a leading solar shingle installation provider.
The Basics of Solar Shingles
Solar roofing tiles actually resemble their conventional counterparts in appearance, but they have the ability to turn solar energy into electricity. They are installed similarly to conventional roofing tiles and are made to replace them.
While photovoltaic arrays sit on top of a building, solar shingles become the roof. Solar shingles are less cumbersome, more visually attractive, and require less upkeep. Although they might not last as long as solar cells, they are still strong enough to handle all the duties of standard roofing shingles.
Installing solar shingles costs substantially more than installing solar panels on a roof because it involves replacing the entire roof. Solar shingle conversion can cost between $21 and $25 per square foot, depending on the brand.
Even though this is more expensive than conventional roofing materials, you can qualify for federal tax credits to help pay for the expenses of installing photovoltaic shingles on your home since conventional roofs don’t produce power.
How Many Solar Shingles Does Your House Needs?
One of our solar specialists will be happy to provide you with an estimate on how many shingles you require when you book a roofing shingle consultation with Illinois Renewables.
Your roof’s square footage and the amount of energy you need to produce will determine the final costs. Solar shingles can be interlaced with ordinary shingles on your roof to reduce costs rather than having to cover the entire surface.
Things to Know Before Installing Photovoltaic Shingles
Solar shingles are a newer concept, and they haven’t been here long enough to evaluate their long-term continuity. However, solar shingle makers approximate that they should last up to 30 years.
Additionally, compared to conventional solar panels, solar shingles are more difficult to transport to a new house. Therefore, it will take at least five years to see a return on your investment if you decide to install photovoltaic shingles.
Before making the choice, you should also be aware of the local laws and ordinances regarding roof replacement.