The Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Shingles

Solar shingles have become a popular option in recent years as the technology matures and improved designs appear on the market. If you’re considering solar shingles for your mountain home or commercial property, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to be aware of.

Advantages of Solar Shingles

  • Because they look like regular shingles and come in many sizes and styles, they can complement almost any building decor.
  • They eliminate the need for a large installation area that traditional solar panels require.
  • Installation is simple and hassle free.
  • They can be combined with conventional shingles to cover large or complex roofs.
  • As a newer technology, they are competitive with traditional panels, producing around 13-17 watts of electricity.
  • When installed properly, they are able to withstand high winds, heavy snow and hail.

Disadvantages of Solar Shingles

  • Because they cannot store energy, they will not provide power at night or during storms.
  • The roof must be at the correct angle for the shingles to catch the sun.
  • There must be sufficient surface area to install solar shingles to collect enough light to produce electricity.

Have questions about whether solar shingles are right for your roof? Call The Roofing Company for an on-site consulation.