Most people are familiar with solar panels. They're big structures that sit on stands, and they can usually be mounted on top of your roof. If you are thinking of having solar panels put on your roof, though, you may want to instead consider a different alternative: solar shingles. These are shingles that sit directly on your roof base and contain solar cells. So basically, they are like an ordinary roof, but one that captures sunlight and makes electricity. But what are the advantages of solar shingles over solar panels? Here are a few of the key ones.
You only have to work with one contractor.
While it might be possible to mount solar panels on your existing roof, chances are that your existing roof will at least need some modifications to make this possible. It may need reinforcements in some areas, or parts of it may need to be replaced. As such, having solar panels installed on your roof would require working with two companies — a roofing company and a solar panel company. On the other hand, if you were to have solar shingles installed, you would only have to work with one company. Not all roof companies install solar shingles, but when you find one that does, they should be the only company you have to work with throughout the entire project. This is a lot easier than trying to coordinate schedules with multiple contractors.
You won't have to have panels removed in the future.
If you have solar panels and the underlying roof develops any issues, then you may have to have the solar panels removed so the roof can be accessed. This can be a pretty big hassle. Luckily, it is not a hassle you'll encounter if you opt for solar shingles. If they suffer any damage or need repairs, they're accessible and ready to be worked on by your roof company.
Your home will look better.
Maybe some people like the look of solar panels, but most people find them to be a bit clunky and ugly. Solar shingles, on the other hand, just look like a roof. They're a little shinier than most shingles, but people won't really notice this unless you point it out. If looks are really important to you, then solar shingles are the way to go.
Talk to a residential roofing company in your area to learn more about solar shingles. There are good reasons why they're disrupting the classic solar panel market!