Bergen County Roofing: Article About Solar Shingle Pros and Cons
There is a new option for those searching for Bergen County roofing. Rather than replace roofing shingles with asphalt or other materials, some homeowners are opting to install solar shingles. This terrific option makes it possible to get the protection of a roof while generating solar energy. When it's time for a new roof, consider the pros and cons of this relatively new technology.
Solar shingles are designed to look like asphalt shingles and work like solar panels. They provide solar energy without the large footprint or unattractive look of large solar panels, blending into the roof around them. Just like their asphalt counterparts, solar shingles are made to survive wind, rain, hail and snow. They can even be walked on. It is important to note that, though they have been rigorously tested, they have only been on the market since 2005. This makes it impossible to provide long term performance data. Look for a long warranty, such as the 20 year warranty, to combat this.
The initial cost to install solar shingles can be daunting, but these shingles should ultimately pay for themselves in reduced energy costs.
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As of 2015, the cost to install a new roof with solar shingles can be as much as $25,000 for a 3,000 square foot home. While this figure seems high, it is important to remember that not all roofs will cost this much. The size, location and orientation of a building will greatly impact this figure and may reduce it.
It is equally important to remember that the federal government provides tax credits for solar energy and so do some states and local utility companies. Depending on the amount of solar energy produced and the number of tax credits and incentives available, there are estimates that money spent on solar roofing can generate four times the amount returned from incentives and energy savings.
Solar shingles won't work for everyone. They work best on roofs that face south but will function on roofs that face southeast or southwest as well. A minimum of 250 square feet of roof surface is recommended, and shade matters. Large shade trees and neighboring buildings that block the sun between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. can be problematic, as can dormers, chimneys and other shade creating roof structures. Because individual solar shingles can be placed separately, roofing contractors are sometimes able to overcome these obstacles. An assessment of the property must be conducted to ensure that a workable system can be installed on the premises.