Solar shingles are not typically used over the entire roof of a house. Installed by regular Oklahoma City roofing contractors, they are usually combined with shingles. Experienced roofers will strategically place them on the roof where they can make the most of the sunlight. They will protect your home from rain and snow, but they will also provide you with free energy. Introduced in 2005, they are slowly gaining popularity and becoming more available to both homeowners and Oklahoma City roofers.
The one big drawback of installing solar shingles is the initial cost. Currently, it costs about $20,000 to install the shingles and the system required to convert the energy. In addition to the shingles, homeowners also need to install an electrical system to store the energy and deliver it to the home when needed. This requires extensive electrical work as well as costly equipment; however the cost of the system will be offset by the savings over the years.
Homeowners also won’t want to go completely off-grid. When it’s rainy or overcast, the solar shingles may not collect enough energy to keep the house running. It’s important to stay connected to a traditional power supply for those times when the sunlight can’t make it through to the shingles.
Over the years, solar shingles will begin to pay for themselves. While the shingles themselves will have to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, the system that runs behind the scenes should last for many decades to come. The expense of installing the system can be spread out over a longer period by financing it along the home through a first or second mortgage, and the additional payment should easily be offset by savings on the electric bill. The best time to have solar shingles installed is when you need a new roof, but they can actually be worked into your roof at any time.
It is also expected that the high cost of solar shingles and their installation requirements will gradually fall as the supply grows and more people invest in the technology. Here at Robbins Roofing, Inc., we are watching the trends and developments in this technology with interest and fascination. For more on our other products, as well as more information on solar shingles, visit us on Facebook.