Solar Panels Vs Solar Shingles: What To Consider Before Choosing

More than ever, Americans are investing in the future of not only the resale value of their home, but of the health of the planet as well. There are numerous neighborhoods freckled with solar panels atop houses, harnessing guilt-free energy. Solar energy has become a booming business, spawning new technologies every few months it seems. Now that residential solar is feasible for many Americans, there are many things to consider. One of the first questions to answer in this decision is whether you will use traditional solar panels attached to a roof or the newer technology of solar shingles.

Wattage Output

When exploring the differences, one of the more obvious comparisons is output. Most consumers are looking to get the most bang for their buck. Someone living in a large home would probably benefit from solar panels most, to offset a high electric bill due to air conditioner use. However, solar shingles are a great option for bill reduction for everyone. With proper placement (the part of the roof that sees the most sun), keeping it cool in the summer may no longer cost an arm and a leg. The shingles give many homeowners a more affordable solar option.

Heat Generated

Heat is also a large factor for solar panels, as it will decrease the output of electricity. Most solar shingles are very compact and flush with the roof. While this is more aesthetically pleasing, being so close to the roof will not allow for proper ventilation. This will keep the temperature high, which lowers the output. However, some shingle manufacturers do make roofing applications to allow for ventilation.

Electric Consumption

The last thing to consider is consumption. How much electricity is being used? If the usage averages the middle tiers, shingles are the perfect option. They will severely cut into the costs of the monthly bill. On the other hand, if usage is in the higher tiers, panels are the way to go. They produce far more wattage per square foot, so even the lowest output times are relatively high and able to make a difference.

As new options continue to become available, so does the attainability of solar. After some careful considering, most homes could be harvesting their energy responsibly. What's more, in many cases the amount saved on the electric bill exceeds the monthly cost of the financed solar. Now that battery backup systems are becoming more readily available, even those living off the grid can reap the benefits of photovoltaic systems. So now, whether your concern is the environment, saving money, or living as independently as possible, solar has become the perfect option.

Contact a roofing company like Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc Calgary for more information.