Everybody loves the idea of solar panels in theory, but in reality, a couple of words come to mind: bulky, expensive, ugly. However, the newest trend in solar energy is now slimmer, more attractive and blends right in with your asphalt roof: solar shingles in Highland Village TX. Whether your motivation is environmental or economical, here are a few advantages and disadvantages to solar shingles.
There are several advantages to solar shingles, the main one being that they can lower your electric bill by up to 50%. Both solar panels and solar shingles tend to put more energy into the grid than they take out of it, which is a huge bonus to your monthly expenses. It is important to note, however, if there is a monthly or annual cap on how much your city will pay you back for electricity you provide to the grid as these numbers vary greatly. Investing in solar energy for your home is extra worthwhile if you happen to own a Tesla or other electric vehicle. It’s kind of like “free” gas.
Solar shingles are made to blend right in with a regular asphalt roof. They still have a metallic sheen to them, however, they aren’t the ugly, bulky solar panels you’re used to seeing. They are also incredibly easy to install. In general, most roofing companies in Highland Village TX can install solar shingles. You will, however, need to hire an electrician to hook everything up. It’s a good idea to make a few phone calls and ask for estimates so you can account for that in the pricing of your new roof.
The biggest disadvantage to solar shingles is the cost. While they have come down in price quite a bit in recent years, a solar shingle installation can still be upwards of $20,000. It’s worth it to check for incentives from the federal, state, and local governments, as rebates can slash that cost by up to half. However, as the product becomes more cost-effective many of the incentives may go away in years to come.
Another disadvantage is that unlike solar panels, solar shingles cannot be tilted or moved to maximize exposure to sunlight. This could require more solar shingles and increase the costs. The most popular solar shingle, made by Dow Powerhouse, is also designed for fiberglass shingles. This could add to the cost of your roof if did not intend to go with the fiberglass option. Solar shingles are also not yet available in every state.
If you have questions about solar shingles installation in Highland Village, TX, call First Out Roofing at (940) 227-4411.