The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Solar Shingle Pros and Cons
In hot, sunny areas, putting solar panels on roofs sounds like a great idea. Homeowners want to take all that free energy and turn it into electricity to run the air conditioning. There are two approaches to putting solar panels on a roof; one is to put the solar panels on top of the underlying roof, and the other is to build a roof out of special shingles that have solar panels in them.
Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles are cleverly designed asphalt shingles that have a solar panel incorporated into the shingle itself. Any professional company offering The Woodlands roofing can install these shingles just like regular asphalt shingles. They contain standard solar photovoltaics that link together using USB like connections underneath the sheltering overhangs of the surrounding shingles. Essentially, the entire roof can easily be turned into a solar panel.
After installation of the shingles, an electrician will need to install the box that brings the electricity from the shingles into the house. Standard boxes are intended to be used with houses that are wired into public electricity grids. The electricity from the solar panels is used to supplement the electricity provided by the public grid, so there is no need to worry about the power going down at night or on cloudy days. Homeowners will just enjoy the much smaller bills sent out by the local utility company.
A roofing contractor from Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of The Woodlands TX can answer your questions about residential roofing or roof repairs.
A cluster of solar shingles on a typical roof in Texas can cut a homeowner's utility bills by 50 to 60 percent.
The main deterrents to installing solar shingles are the installation cost and possibly the aesthetics. Solar shingles cost much more up front to install than do regular asphalt shingles. Of course, much of the cost will be offset by savings on utility bills. Governments, both local and federal, may offer incentives to help pay for solar panel installation.
The aesthetics may be a problem for some people. Although solar shingles don't look quite as unattractive as bolted on solar panels, they still look like solar panels rather than a regular roof. They are shiny and dark blue in color. If set onto a pale colored "cool roof" or a traditional red tile roof, they really stand out. Homeowners who care about aesthetics can consider setting their solar shingles onto the rear facing portions of the roof only.
Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles are expected to last 20 years as both a functional roofing system and as an electricity generating system. The shingles don't require any maintenance other than an occasional washing in dusty areas. If just one or two shingles are damaged during a storm, they can easily be replaced.