Solar Shingles: What They Are, How They Work, and How They Compare to Other Types of Roofing Material is a question that has intrigued me for many years. I’ve written hundreds of articles on this topic and am active in the energy markets and green home communities. Recently, an acquaintance asked me this: “What are solar shingles? Are they a new technology?” The short answer is: No, they’re not a new technology, but many homeowners have converted to them and are seeing major savings in energy bills while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.
Solar shingles, also known as photovoltaic shingles, are solar panels constructed to appear like and operate like traditional roofing materials, including slate or asphalt shingles. In reality, they are nothing like these materials at all! There are several reasons why they are sometimes referred to as “shingles.” The most common (and accurate) term is “photovoltaic roofing.” But let’s simplify the discussion by adopting a simpler term: roof shingling.
Let’s start with the basics: the sun’s energy is free and abundant. We can use it freely, collect it, and convert it into electricity or heat for our own use. Another way of saying this is that the sun’s energy can be converted into other forms that are usable as well. It’s free, so we should take advantage of it. That’s the key point – we should use it or we should lose it!
So how do solar panels operate? Photovoltaic panels (also called solar cells or solar panels) are made up of solar cells that trap the sun’s energy. When it gets dark and cloudy, the photovoltaic panels switch on and start to convert the sunlight into energy, which is then used to power appliances and pumps. The energy conversion is actually very efficient, allowing most homes to operate on only a fraction of the energy they consume from the grid today. If you have a solar panel on your home, you will save money on your utility bill every month.
Now back to the original question: what are solar shingles? Solar shingling is a roof coating that is designed to allow sunlight to pass through. It is typically made from ceramic or silicon material and is quite durable and attractive. These materials are sturdy and flexible enough to be used in conjunction with a number of different roofing options to create a high-quality roof. For this reason, solar shingles and other types of solar roofing are becoming more popular among homeowners.
Another great thing about this type of roof is that it is a very simple process to install. All you need is a solar panel, some cement, and some shingling. Once installed, there is very little maintenance involved. You simply need to wipe down the surface of the roof to remove any dust and dirt. You can also replace any damaged sections of the solar panel as needed, ensuring that you always have an unobstructed view of the sky and the sun.
Now, let’s talk about how solar shingles differ from other types of roofing material. Most people assume that solar shingles are the same as other asphalt shingled options, but they are actually not. In fact, asphalt is one of the most difficult materials to work with when it comes to installing a roof. However, because of the particular characteristics of asphalt, the types of shingling used on a solar panel are designed specifically to be easier to install on asphalt. This is in addition to the fact that solar shingles tend to last much longer than other types of shingles, meaning you will save money in the long run by not having to replace them as often.
Asphalt shingling is one of the most popular choices for roofing material. However, the fact is that this choice does have its disadvantages. The asphalt shingling is susceptible to weather damage, which means that your roof may need to be replaced more often than you would like. Also, asphalt is heavy and large, which makes it hard to install solar shingles on a smaller roof. However, if you have an asphalt roof and are looking for a roofing option that is durable and weather resistant, then asphalt shingling is likely your best option.