Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Solar Roofing Shingles For Your Home
As a child, or even as an adult, we've all marveled at the solar panels on our calculators and wondered why someone couldn't use that same technology on the roof to generate enough electricity to run a home. In the '70s and '80s, the answer was one or more huge solar panels mounted on the roof at an angle that paid no heed to esthetics or curb appeal. Plus, those solar panels were so expensive that regular homeowners could not afford to install them.
Enter this generation's recent push for renewable energy sources and incentives to manufacturers and homeowners to go green. Today's family can easily afford to use solar energy for their home thanks to the invention of solar roofing shingles. These little beauties are light and flexible and are installed just like traditional asphalt shingles. Because of their design, they can be installed by experienced roofers, like the ones at Sugar Land Roofing. After installation, you will need an electrician to install the inverter box and your local utility to install a meter that accounts for electricity flowing into the grid as well as out of it.
First appearing on the market in 2005, solar roofing shingles are a relatively new technology. Recent advances in technology and competition among manufacturers have brought costs down, making them more affordable for homeowners.
The roofing experts at Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of Sugar Land TX can assist you with questions about solar shingles or gutters.
Dow Powerhouse solar shingles can generate about 12 watts per square foot and are "grid tied," meaning they integrate with your home's existing electrical structure and the way that it is linked to the public utility grid. This allows the home to generate the electricity it needs and then draw on the grid for shortfalls or supply the grid on days that excess electricity is produced. According to Dow, a typical installation of 350 shingles can generate enough electricity to slice electric bills in half. Adding in tax incentives and energy rebates makes solar powered housing within reach of most homeowners.
Finally, consider the esthetic value. Solar roofing shingles are meant to be installed just like traditional shingles. They can either rest on top of the existing roofing material or be integrated with other singles. Using solar shingles on new construction or on roof replacement preserves the home's roof line and its curb appeal, both of which are important in retaining and increasing the home's value. Additionally, a home with a set of solar shingles will be even more attractive as an example of using Earth-friendly technology without sacrificing function, comfort or beauty.