Dixie Vaillancour Roof Panel September 10th, 2018 - 21:28:22
How would you like to have a roof which pulls double duty? The roof of your home can do much more than keep the rain and snow out of your house. It can also provide electrical energy for your home by supporting solar roof panels or solar shingles. Solar technology has advanced producing lighter weight more efficient solar cells which make solar roof panels and solar shingles a more feasible choice. The solar cells in the panels or shingles convert the sun light which shines on your roof into solar power which can then be put to use providing electricity for your home.
In the early days of solar roof panels the hope was that one or two panels would help to lower the electricity bill a bit. To be honest sometimes it seemed more of a gimmick than a real cost savings. Things have changed and changed a lot too. With a properly planned and though out installation of solar roof panels you can not only cut your electricity bills to mere pennies but you can actually put your electricity bill into negative figures so that it owes you money instead.
Solar roof panels are attached to your roof and sit about three or four inches above it on a light metal rail system. As a side benefit the panels protect your roof to some extent thereby extending its life and saving you money. The panels also serve to shade the roof in summer and they allow air to flow between the panels and the roof itself which in turn can mean that you need less air conditioning to cool your house again saving you money and also saving wear and tear on your air conditioning units. Solar roof panels also look attractive and these days they usually have a useful life of at least twenty-five years making them well worth considering as a wise investment on your home.
These solar roof panels and shingles are designed to take the place of regular shingles on your home providing a waterproof covering for your home and generating electricity at the same time. Solar roof panels are the easiest to install. These units come in either four foot by eight foot or four foot by four foot sections. Some of these are designed to be installed right over the existing roof eliminating the need to remove the old roof first. Some manufacturers have simplified the installation process by designing the panels with a plug and play system. The panel to panel electrical connections for these systems are tool free needing only to be connected to each other with handy plugs.