If you have an old roof, it may be time to have it replaced. This can be a good time to do other improvements to your home to help save energy. The roof of your home can be a great place to add solar energy. The solar array can be in the form of conventional panels, or you can use newer solar products that integrate into your roofing. Here are some tips to help you choose the best new roofing materials to add solar to your home:
1. Metal Roofing And Flexible Solar Membranes
Metal roofing can be a great choice of material to replace old asphalt roofing. It is very durable and can last for many decades. It can also give you many options for integrating solar systems in the roofing of your home. Membranes solar panels can be a great option, which can be installed in between the sections of roofing. The membranes are also affordable, and can easily be changed or updated if you want to replace them later. The downside is that they will have a limited amount of electrical production, but they can be good for light use, such as for the lighting in your home.
2. Tile Roofs With Solar Panel Tiles For Renewable Energy
Roof tiles come in many different materials, which can be clay, concrete, composites and PVC materials. If you already have clay tiles, solar roofing tiles can be installed with your tiles. If you are replacing asphalt shingles with lightweight tiles, there are also many integrated products that can be used to add solar energy to your roof. These tiles will produce more electricity than membrane systems, but will not perform as well as conventional panels.
3. More Conventional Roofing With The Addition Of Solar Shingles
If you are having your shingles replaced with conventional asphalt shingles, there are also solar materials for these applications. You can get solar shingles that can be installed with your conventional roofing. There are also systems that can be used for composites for roofs with synthetic slate or shake roofs. These systems can provide your home with solar energy and keep the look you want without having large panels installed.
These are some of the choices you may want to consider for the integration of solar panels with your new roof. If you are ready to have a new roof installed on your home, contact a roofing contractor, like Unruh Seamless Guttering LLC, and ask them about some of these options to integrate solar panels into your new roofing.