When you are having a new roof installed on your home, you may be looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient. This can be done with the right material that helps to reduce heat and energy loss in your home. It can also be done with the addition of things like solar panels, but plain ole solar panels can be an ugly addition to your home. Instead of conventional solar panels for your roof, you may want to consider these four ideas for adding solar power to your home during your roofing installation:
1. Solar Roof Tiles That Blend With Shingles
Solar roof tiles can blend in with the shingles you have installed on your home. These PV solar panels are on tiles, and can be installed directly on top of your roof without the need for large bracket mounting systems. If you have a tile roof, you can also get solar tiles that match the shape of your roofing tiles. You can have these tiles installed on top of existing shingles, or they can be installed when you have a new roof installed on your home. They are also convenient if you plan to expand your solar energy system later.
2. Flexible Solar Roof Tile Systems
Another type of solar tile system is a flexible solar panel system. These can be the same size as your tiles, and installed on top of the tiles on your roof. If you cannot find form solar tiles for the roof you want, a flexible system is a great alternative. You can also use these systems for other types of roofing materials such as slate or shake roofs, and the flexible panels will form to the roofing you have installed on your home.
3. Roofing Membranes With Solar Collectors For Flat Roofs
If you have a flat roof installed on your home, there are also solar panels that can be installed with your roofing membrane. Instead of the membrane being installed in some sections, a flexible PV solar collector will be installed. These systems can be used on commercial and residential flat roofs, and do not require the installation of mounting systems. This is because they are installed with the roofing membrane when you have your roof installed.
4. Solar Shingles For Asphalt Shingle Roofs
If you have asphalt roofing, and want your home to have more of a conventional look, there are also solar shingles. These flexible solar panels are installed just like the shingles on your home. They will completely blend in with most types of asphalt shingles. If you are replacing the roofing on your home, this type of solar energy system can easily be installed with your asphalt shingles. You can also easily expand this type of solar energy system with more solar shingles.
These are some solar power systems that can be installed when you have a new roof installed on your home. If you need to have your roof replaced, and want to add one of these systems, contact a roofing contractor and ask them how they can help with the new solar roof on your home.