Southport Roofing: Article About Roofing Technology
Roofing manufacturers continue to develop state-of-the-art technologies that are able to work with other components of a home to boost efficiency, performance, safety and security. Among these high-tech systems are roof coverings that reduce the structure's electricity consumption. Although photovoltaic panels and cells have been around for a while, newer developments have improved their effectiveness at capturing sunlight and converting it to usable electricity for the home or to be returned to the grid. Experienced Southport roofing contractors can determine whether a particular house would be a good fit for some of these solar roofs.
Solar panels have existed for a few decades but have historically been expensive and difficult to install and maintain. They were also only ideal for use on houses with direct sun exposure on the south and west faces of the roof's slope. With the panels, most homeowners were not able to realize any financial benefit due to the investment in materials as well as the ongoing maintenance and repair costs. The development of photovoltaic shingles has changed the game, making it easier to harvest solar power and less expensive to do so.
Solar shingles come as individual pieces and closely resemble black asphalt shingles. They are designed to work together, but the homeowner and roofing contractor can decide how many of them to install and where to locate them.
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A house with great sunlight levels on the southern roof slope could have that side shingled with the solar cells while the remainder of the house is outfitted with traditional three tab, dimensional or architectural shingles. From the curb, most people will not notice that a house has solar shingles installed. The installation of the solar shingles is typically performed when the house is getting a new roof. This allows the roofers to identify and repair any existing roof problems such as a rotted piece of wooden decking or a poorly sloped rain gutter.
A typical installation of solar shingles could result in a 30 to 50 percent reduction in a home's electricity consumption. For many homeowners, this would mean that the initial investment would pay off over a period of 10 to 12 years. Because an asphalt shingled roof usually lasts for 15 years, the owner may come out financially ahead. The solar shingles themselves have a lifespan that is nearly identical to that of traditional shingles. Once the solar shingles are installed and wired into the battery system, there is no need for ongoing maintenance unless any of the shingles become damaged due to severe weather.