New roofing products in the form of solar shingles are now on the market from two different industries: Technology companies and Asphalt Roofing manufacturers.
The pros of solar shingles:
One benefit of some solar shingles is simply aesthetics: they look more like a traditional roof. If you need to replace your roof anyway, they may be your short-term, cost-effective solution. But wait. There are drawbacks to this quick (or more likely) not-so-quick solution.
The cons of solar shingles:
The roofing tiles (shingles) offered by the technology companies are relatively expensive and require expert installation. Between material labor shortages, these companies struggle to install these roofs on a suitable timeline for homeowners.
Asphalt roofing manufacturers rely on solar shingles installed on an asphalt base, which won’t last, at the least, for more than 10 years (from the time of its original installation) and will contribute to additional landfills.
Which of the two is better? Neither. Especially for winters in the North Country.
- Both of these solar solutions have limited testing for longevity and performance.
- Both have a lower conversion efficiency than mounted solar panels.
- Choosing an asphalt base requires drilling holes in the roof, introducing failure points for water to enter, and causing damage.
- The damage from snow and ice to the roof of a Wisconsin or Michigan’s UP home would cause significant challenges for these roofing products.
What’s a homeowner who wants an energy-producing roof to do?
How about dealing with a professional roofing company that works with a solar installation company for the best of both? The result?
- You gain energy savings and energy production from a metal roof with a solar panel installation.
- You have year-round protection, including the prevention of ice damns, with our quality metal roofing systems.
An American Metal Roof provides a base for solar panels that will perform through multiple solar panel installations. This combination lasts longer, offers 2 sources of energy savings, and returns your investment sooner. All while protecting your home when the sun is taking the day off.
Want to learn more about solar energy production and your roof? Don’t wait. Contact us today for a free, professional roofing consultation.