PV Solar Roofing Tiles, Shingles, & Photovoltaic Roof Products

Some of the most amazing advances in solar energy technology has been in the area of home roofing products. Modern photovoltaic roof shingles and tiles are efficent, attractive, and easier to install than ever before. Best of all they can save tens of thousands of dollars in utility bills over the lifetime of a home.

Solar Roof Tiles Provide Free, Renewable Electricity

Solar-powered shingles offer an alternative to installing home PV panels or large photovoltaic arrays on your rooftop. By tiling a roof with thousands solar cells, enormous amounts of electricity can be generated year round. These shingles can be applied end to end, top to bottom, linked in series to allow for no wasted space. Because they're affixed directly to the roof there's no worry about angled panels being damaged by high winds. Because they become your actual roofing surface, there's no worry about drilling holes to install brackets - eliminating the possibility of leaks due to improper installation.

Aethestically, solar roofing tiles can more pleasing than putting up seperate PV panel arrays. Properly applied, they give the roof a more uniform look. Some manufactures even design their solar shingles to look like expensive ceramic glazed roofing, giving a rustic feel while simultaneously supplying free renewable energy. New PV shingle designs are being produced constantly, in styles and colors to make even the most finicky homeowner or neighbor happy with the finished look of the product.

Installing Solar Shingles and Tiles - Maximize Sun Exposure with South-Facing Rooflines

Although solar roofing systems can more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles, it's almost silly not to put your roof to work for you. Partial PV roofing applications can be installed in as little area as a 10 x 12 foot section. Exposed south-facing rooflines work best, and will make the most of the sun's path. Beyond that, choose East and then West-facing surfaces.

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Photovoltaic shingles can be blended with existing asphalt roofing tiles in cases where a full roofing array isn't desired. They serve in exactly the same way as a conventional shingle in regards to weather protection, as they are waterproof and designed to withstand heavy sun and natural elements. Many solar shingles are also designed to flow together and form a tight bond when warmed by the sun, furthering the weatherproofing of the roof itself. In some cases the face of the PV shingle may even be textured to blend right in with the granular surface of the asphalt shingles.

As far as connectivity, lead wires leading from each tile are fed through the roofing surface and into the attic where they are tied together in series. The current can then be directed in the same way as any other solar electric system, usually flowing into a solar power inverter and then used to run standard AC appliances or electronics in the home. As with all solar power this happens silently, efficiently, and cleanly - your home reaps the benefits of free, clean, and renewable sun-powered energy.

Partial Solar Roof Tile Installation

Solar Roofing Costs and Rebates - Return on Investment

The average return on investment (ROI) time period for a solar roofing system is usually about 10 years. Larger PV arrays may pay for themselves more quickly due to increased power-to-cost ratio. But combining ever-improving solar techniques with the volatility in the price of today's fossil fuels, it's almost impossible to make an accurate prediction. It seems that as each day goes on, more and more people are turning to renewable sources of energy, both to save money on ever-growing utility costs or just to do their part for a green environment. In either case, solar energy is here to stay... and solar roofing products are a huge part of any home photovoltaic energy solution.

Aside from the value added to a home's resale value by installing a solar roof, homeowners can apply for a wide variety of Federal and State rebates available to help defray the initial setup costs. Goverment-led pushes for clean and renewable energy sources have created attractive solar incentive programs. Solar tax credits are also available to homeowners willing to convert to partial photovoltaic power. Check for State and local goverment programs in your area to see if you qualify.

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