Green Home Systems recently announced that they now offer solar roofing including both solar shingles and solar tiles, a striking yet more subtle alternative to traditional solar panels.
LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Green Home Systems recently announced that they now offer solar roofing including both solar shingles and solar tiles, a striking yet more subtle alternative to traditional solar panels.
“This is one of our most exciting announcements yet,” states Robbie Hebert, Managing Director at Green Home Systems. “We always knew this day would come where we would be able to blend solar directly into customers’ homes seamlessly. We are thrilled to be partnered with the innovators at Certainteed to offer some of the most reliable and most attractive solar panels on the market.”
What is the difference between traditional solar panels and solar roofing?
Solar panels traditionally are large panels that lay on top of a roof at a tilt. While they do lay flat, they are not flush to the roof meaning they stick out a ways from the roof itself. They also don’t particularly blend as each panel is typically around 59″ by 39″. While traditional panels are quite sleek and perfect for powering a home, their aesthetic might not be for everyone.
Solar roofing is an option for those homeowners who do not want their home to have the appearance of solar panels but want to reap all the benefits solar can provide. Solar shingles are actually shaped and sized like a home’s shingles and are positioned as such with a slight tilt and layering effect. The same goes for solar tiles which are perfect for homes that do not use shingles. With the exception of the glisten of monocrystalline silicon, both the shingles and tiles blend beautifully to most roofs.
How does the effectiveness of solar roofing compare to traditional solar panels?
According to Certainteed, “14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells provide a power rating of 70 watts per solar shingle.” While this is less than one solar panel, it is important to note that the size of one shingle or tile is much smaller than one panel, so the overall wattage of the system remains the same.
Certainteed also states that solar roofing is simple to install. “No need to find rafters or flash penetrations in the roofing system,”their website states. “Solar shingles are installed directly into the roof sheathing using standard deck screws. Fastening points are covered by subsequent solar shingles, the same way that asphalt shingles are installed.”
Other features listed on Certainteed’s website include:
“Lightweight: The Apollo II system weighs about as many pounds per square foot as a typical asphalt shingle roof.