Solar shingles are a relatively new product that’s becoming increasingly popular due to the incredible value they offer for the money spent. Leaning more about the benefits and drawbacks of these shingles can help you determine whether they are right for your home.
What Are Solar Shingles?
These cutting-edge shingles are made from the same materials that most solar panels are made from. However, their color and shape make them look very much like regular shingles. In fact, most people won’t be able to tell the two apart unless they get a very close look at your roof.
As the name implies, these shingles generate solar power that can be used to power lighting, appliances and more. Some models can even convert the electricity into heat that can be used to heat your home and/or a hot water heater.
What Are the Advantages?
Solar shingles are a good idea for a number of reasons. They are extremely durable and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. They are available in various models and sizes to make it easy for you to choose the ones that look best on your home. Additionally, they are more efficient and can cover a larger area than traditional solar panels.
Though the cost of installation can be relatively high, the shingles will pay for themselves in the first several years. A number of Georgia utility companies allow homeowners to sell excess electricity to the grid, including Georgia Power. You can earn back hundreds of dollars a year by selling excess electricity your new shingles are producing. You can also apply for the Solar Investment Tax Credit on your federal tax return to deduct up to 30 percent of the cost of your solar shingles from your taxes.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
While the shingles can be installed over an existing roof, it is best to put them on as a new roofing option. It should also be noted that the amount of power these shingles will generate depends on how and when the sunlight hits your roof. A roof that is in the shade most of the day naturally won’t generate much power. Furthermore, the power cannot be stored, so you will still need to rely on the electric grid for power during the night and on cloudy days.
If you live in Georgia and still aren’t sure whether solar shingles are right for your home, call Findlay Roofing for our expert guidance. We also offer a free roof analysis to help you to make well-informed roofing decisions.