solar panels on roofYou’ve decided to have solar panels installed. Congratulations! But, what’s the next step? Let us walk you through the process. We’ll also give you some climate information for new solar panel homeowners.  

What is the installation process?

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Engineering visit

First, you need to arrange an engineering site visit. The engineer will come to your house to make sure that everything is compatible with your new solar panel system. For example, they will make sure the roof is structurally sound. After that, they will check your electrical panel to ensure it can handle the amps from the solar panel. In some cases, you will need to update the electrical panel in your home, so it can optimize all the amps. This is just the engineer visit, not a general site visit. The engineer will check the basic components on the roof, but the main thing they look at is the electrical side of this process. Your installer will come out later to measure the roof for panel sizes and quantity. In addition, they will the type of roof you have along with pitch angle and areas of the roof that receive shade.

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State and local paperwork

The second step involves filling out all the paperwork. Every city or town has local permits that need to be filed. Sometimes your installer will do this for you, but make sure to have everything in order before starting the actual installation. One of the most important things you will be doing is applying for state and federal solar incentives like Federal ITC, local solar programs, PACE, which is a clean energy financing initiative, along with government rebates and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates or SRECs. While that sounds like a bunch of jargon, your installer will be more than happy to assist you will all of this, so don’t worry! Permits are the other big thing to make sure to get done in a timely manner. Again, the installer will be able to help you collect all the ones you need, and in some cases, will already have them filled out for you.

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Equipment selection

The third step is to choose your equipment. Your installer will provide a list of options for you to, and probably offer you suggestions. Even so, we recommend that you do some research on the topic yourself. For example, you will definitely want to understand the differences between inverters

Installation

The fourth thing to happen is the day of the installation! First, the workers will prep the roof by making sure all your tiles or shingles are secure. Then they set up the wiring that connects to your electrical panel and general power systems. Next, they install the rack. The rack is the only thing physically connected to the roof. After that, they place the panels on the racking and secure them. Finally, they attach the inverters to your panels. The entire process can take from one to three days, depending on if you need a power meter, for net metering, installed.  

Inspections

The last step takes place once all the paperwork is complete and the solar panels are installed. A government official and an electric company official will come out and inspect the work. Once they do that and give it the “thumbs up”, they will connect your house to the grid and you can start using your panels. From the engineer visit to installation day, this whole process can take between one and two months.  

What is the best climate for Solar Panels?

One of the most important factors to consider when looking into solar panels is CLIMATE.  

sunlight on solar panelsSolar panels and sunlight

Proper and beneficial use of solar panels requires consistent sunlight for the panels to work. However, just because solar panels require sunlight to work, doesn’t mean that they can handle the heat that comes along with it in some areas. Solar panels have efficiency limits regarding sunlight intensity. For example, higher temperatures will impede the function of the solar panels. This results in a less efficient solar panel system.

Solar panels and heat

How does heat interfere with the process? As we discussed in our previous post, the normal process of photovoltaic energy production requires sunlight. The sunlight heats up the electrons. As they heat, the electrons begin moving. This movement creates the direct current energy collected by the panels. Direct current energy passes into the inverter and transformed into usable AC energy.

Bottom line

Too much persistent heat, however, can reduce the amount of energy produced. This happens because the electrons are already “warm” rather than “cold” when the sunlight strikes them. The result is less energy transfer. So, what is the bottom line with regard to climate? Although, industry consensus tells us that solar panels perform best in climates with at least some cooler temperatures on a consistent basis many installers provide specialized power cells with higher heat tolerance. So–bottom line? Keep your climate in mind as you select what’s best for your solar energy solution.

Conclusion

Deciding whether or not to get solar panels can be confusing. Whether you’re exploring your options or you have already made a decision to have solar panels installed, we’re happy to help answer any questions you have. Just give us a call!

 

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Solar panels continue to provide a popular alternative energy option for green-conscious homeowners. Homeowners interested in cost-cutting technologies also choose this option to generate their electrical needs. Even the White House uses solar panel energy. How do solar panels work? Let’s take a look.

How are solar panels made?

So glad you asked! Solar panels employ a creative design of silicon cells, metal framing, glass casing, and wiring.

solar panel constructionSolar panel casing and layers

The glass casing composes the outer layer of protection against the elements.   Another layer of insulation lies beneath the glass exterior. The next layer, a back sheet, protects against dissipation and humidity in higher temperature climates. Without these two protective layers, the panels would not run as efficiently as they should. Another typical asset that the panels have is an anti-reflective coating. This allows the panel to optimize its sunlight absorption.

silicon solar panel cellSilicon solar panel cells

Silicon, a nonmetal element that is very conductive, provides an essential component for solar panels. The nitty-gritty part of the system, the silicon cells, can have two different structures: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. The monocrystalline structure, made up of one single silicon crystal, allows the electrons more “room” to move about. The polycrystalline structure is manufactured with shards or fragments of silicon crystal. Both structures function well, however, the monocrystalline is more efficient. As a result, it is also more expensive.

How do solar panels harness the sunlight?

Despite what you might think, using sunlight to generate electricity evolved long before the 21st century. A French scientist named Edmond Becquerel first discovered the photovoltaic effect in 1839. He observed that sunlight absorbed by material created an electric voltage. Other scientists built on this principle and in 1883 Charles Fritts created the first solar cell. Those early efforts spurred more investigation into solar energy use resulting in the systems we enjoy today.

Solar panel PV cells

The panels absorb sunlight using photovoltaic cells (PV cells).  The cells have two distinct layers: negative and positive. Sunlight entering the PV cells generates an electric field between these two layers. The energy produced at this phase is direct energy or DC current. Our homes and energy grid run on alternating current or AC energy. This means the DC energy must be converted to usable AC energy.

Solar panel inverters

The system utilizes an inverter to perform this transition. The inverter serves as a bridge that transforms the DC energy into AC energy, which can be used for the home. There are three basic types of inverters:solar panel inverters

  • String Inverter
  • Microinverter
  • Power Optimizer

The string inverter is the most basic model. The microinverter works for more complicated systems that require higher performance levels. The power optimizer does just what its name suggests, meaning it can be used as an add-on to the other inverters if needed.

 

How do solar panels work at night?

The solar panels aren’t doing the work at night. So, what happens to the left-over energy when a household has met all its electricity requirements? In this circumstance, the system sends excess electricity is back into the electric grid. There are two ways for this to happen: net metering or solar-plus-storage technology. This is what allows the house to have access to all kinds of energy during cloudy days or at night.

What’s Next in our Solar Panels Series

We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of how solar panels have the possibility to enhance our lives! Stay tuned for our next post: Solar Panels: Installation. We will focus on the best types of climates for solar panels. After that, we’ll discuss important questions to ask before having them installed.  Then, we will explore how to properly maintain your panels for the best performance possible.

Conclusion

Interested in solar power for your home? Give us a call to discuss options such as solar panels or solar shingles. Remember you can depend on Beneficial Roofing for ALL your roofing questions and needs. Give us a call now and let us know how we can help you today!

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In this series, we’ve covered how roof rot and roof fungus can affect not only your roof but your health as well. In this article, we will go over some other common roof problems and pests and some ways to remedy them.

What are some common roof problems?

roof problemsLeaks

Every homeowner knows that the number one problem they might encounter with their roof is leaks. There are a number of reasons why your roof might be leaking. Most leaks occur near the chimney, or under damaged shingles, near flashing points, at skylights and near gutters. Watermarks on the ceiling can indicate a leak somewhere on your roof. We also recommend a biannual professional inspection to make sure the roof is being well taken care of.

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Blistering

Another common roof problem that can occur is blistering and cracking. Older roofs especially tend to develop ridges, blisters, and cracks. These problems don’t affect every type of roof. A low pitch to your roof increases the chances of this roof problem. Multiple layers of shingles can also contribute to blistering and cracking.

Gutters

Clogged gutters will often go unattended and are easy to overlook. A vital element of your roofing system, your gutters provide a primary line of defense against water damage. An improperly maintained gutter system allows water to back up into the roof. This can lead to water seeping into the eaves. If not checked, this damage can lead to roof rot. Give your gutters a routine cleaning and checkup to prevent this roof problem. You can also install screens atop your gutters to keep twigs and leaves from backing up your gutters.

What are some common roof pests?

roof pestsBirds

Bird rank as the number one roofing-nuisance a homeowner can experience. The noise they make can be annoying. When they settle in — roosting and nesting on your roof or under the eaves, your real roof problems start. Notoriously difficult to dislodge, birds create problems on the roof and off. Bird nests and droppings constitute health hazards to you and your family. Keep in mind that birds tend to gravitate towards warmer areas, making your roof look like a vacation destination. They especially favor roofs with solar panels. This roof pest requires professional help to remove. We offer installation of bird deterrents to keep birds off the roof.

roof pestsRaccoons

Homeowners underestimate these furry little mammals when it comes to roofs. Your roof offers raccoons a great vantage point. From here these roof pests can easily spot food sources. They can even create hide-holes where they live and store their food. Like birds, once raccoons move in, they are hard tenants to remove. Raccoons typically gain access to your roof by crossing overhanging branches. Don’t try to remove these critters yourself. They are wild animals and also carry diseases. Call a professional to help with these roof pests.

Rats & Mice

You might not think that rats and mice can cause problems in your roof, but you would be mistaken. While they typically reside in trash, sewers and drains, they can also make quite a comfortable place in your attic and roof cavity.  They are similar to birds in the respect that they are attracted to warm places, so your attic and roof cavity are great places for them to hide and breed. These pests are known to carry several diseases that are spread through their feces, urine and bite wounds. Suffice it to say, once you notice little droppings, or even see the little tail of an unwanted friend, its time to call in the professionals, for where you see one, there are ten others in the woodworks.

wasps on roofWasps

The annual summer bane of homeowners, wasps love to settle inside roofs. This roof pest typically builds nests in areas easy for them to access. Unfortunately, these nests tend to be difficult for homeowners to find. Despite their small size, wasps pose danger to you and your family and should be dealt with immediately.

 

 

CONCLUSION

Many of these roof problems and pests can be handled without professional assistance. But, if you find yourself unable to address any of these issues, give us a call. We’ll get your roof problems and pests squared away in no time.

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One huge factor for prospective homeowners when looking for a house, is the age and condition of the roof. There are a lot of things that affect the lifespan and health of your roof if not maintained properly. In this article we will discuss different types of roof fungus, what causes them to grow, and how to treat and prevent it in the future.

Types

There are four common types of roof fungus that cause the most problems, whether it be damage to your home or your health.

roof fungusThe first one we will talk about is Algae. This fungus is particularly damaging to the roof itself when not taken care of as soon as it’s noticed. Algae will devour your shingles, and is also attracted to moisture. So when the spores land on moisture deposits on your roof, they will make a home for themselves there. Spreading across your roof, the ideal place for algae to spawn is somewhere damp and humid. Households in the deep south, northeast, Midwest and Pacific coast should look for the black-green hue on their roof.

The next roof fungus is something everyone will know. Moss. If properly maintained, this fuzzy green fungus can be a beautiful aesthetic piece for the outside of your home. However, like most fungus, moss is also attracted to moisture, which can be detrimental to your roof health. The more the moss spreads over your roof, the more it will add to your moisture problem on your roof. This can seep into the wood of shakes and shingles and lead to roof rot.

Mold is one of the most problematic fungi there is for a homeowner. Not only is it unsightly, it is extremely hazardous to the health of you and your family. It’s easy to notice because of its distinguished smell and the way it looks. It can be a slimy black, brown or even dark green color. Again, moisture deposits attract mold. The most common place for mold to grow is on wood and drywall, where water might seep in.

The last one we will discuss is Mildew, which like mold, is very dangerous if left to fester and grow. Unlike its fungi counterparts, mildew spreads extremely fast in warm and wet places. This includes roofs that don’t have proper drainage systems in place. You can spot this nasty fungus due to its wide color range; light grey, pink or black.

Common Factors 

After discussing these fungi, there is an underlying factor they all have in common: Moisture, dampness, humidity. Excess amounts of moisture on your roof can lead to any one of these fungi infestations. Remember, the two most dangerous fungi are Mold and Mildew. These can cause serious respiratory problems in your family if exposed to it for too long.

How do you treat Roof Fungus?

If the roof fungi haven’t damaged the structural integrity of the roof, you should be able to clean it yourself. You can do this easily with a 1:1 ratio of bleach and water. Bleach kills fungus on contact. Simply mix the bleach and water, spread the mix over your roof with a mop, and hose the roof off. This will be the perfect time to check on your gutters to make sure they are draining properly.

After cleaning off the roof, treat the roof with a moisture resistant solution to help keep moisture off. Next, try trimming branches that may be hanging over your roof. Over hanging branches may causing excess water buildup. Finally, make sure your attic and roof can vent heat and humidity properly with ridge vents.

So, if you notice water marks, peeling paint, peeled plaster or discoloration you might have a leak cause by unwanted fungus. Call us today, we would love to come take a look and help you get back to healthy, fungus-free living!

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One of the least exciting things that can happen to a homeowner is roof rot. It might not sound like much of an issue, because “out of sight, out of mind” right? When this problem becomes evident by water spots on your ceiling or even plaster falling off, you know its past time to check in the attic for the cause. Here at Beneficial Roofing, we are experts at not only dealing with this problem, but also preventing it.

What causes Roof Rot?

There are a lot of things that can ultimately lead to roof rot, but the three main causes are:  humidity due to temperature changes in the attic, moisture from the condensation caused by the temperature, and ventilation problems. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is roof rot?” Roof rot, or dry rot as it is commonly known, is what happens when there is too much moisture in your attic. Another cause could be a water leak somewhere in your roof, allowing water to seep into your attic.

Whatever the cause, our technicians can find it and help you move forward with fixing the problem and helping to ensure that it won’t happen again.

How do you deal with Roof Rot?

It is possible to “repair” dry rot, if the areas that are affected are not responsible for structural stability. If it is not a beam, joint or flooring, it might be worth looking into repairing instead of replacing. Before dealing with the damaged wood itself, make sure you find the cause of the problem. Whether it’s a leaking roof, poor ventilation, plumbing leaks or a damaged gutter, once it is fixed, you can focus on the wood.

Should you Repair or Replace Roof Rot?

The repairing process starts with removing as much of the damaged wood as possible. The best tool to use is a wood chisel. Injecting a consolidant into the wood will help reinforce the affected wood that you might not be able to reach with the chisel. This will help the wood fibers bond with the undamaged wood, making them strong again. To finish the repair, apply a wood patching product, a putty like material. Doing this yourself could be dangerous. Not removing all the affected wood could lead the rot to seep deeper into the rest of the wood. This will eventually causing the same problem.

The replacing process is a little different. You will need to remove all the rotted wood, including three feet of surrounding wood. Then remove the plaster, skirting paneling, linings and ceilings to make sure you got all the fungus. Next you must clean all the surfaces and steel pipes in a five-foot radius of the rotted parts. Next, you will need to apply a fungicide to all the surface area in that five-foot radius. Then you replace the wood you took out, preferably with one that has a preservative coating already on it. Lastly, you have to re-plaster and paint, typically with a zinc oxychloride product.

All of this is a very complicated, tiresome, and sometimes dangerous process that is best left to professionals, so you don’t have to stress and worry.

How can Roof Rot be prevented?

The best way to make sure that your roof is rot-free is to have regular inspections done. Having a professional come to check your attic will insure that if there are any signs of moisture, leaks or excess humidity, you will be able to take measures to rectify these problems. Another thing to do is to make sure that you have a proper roof ventilation system. Without a ventilation system in place, the moisture from the humidity has nowhere to go, thus sinking into the wood and causing this problem. You should also keep track on how your shingles are holding up. Make sure that there is no debris on your roof preventing water from running off the roof.

Don’t let the troubles of a rotted roof weigh down you and your family, give us a call! We are more than happy to help make sure that roof rot won’t bother you again.

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Is your ceiling leaking? Are you noticing water damage on your ceiling? Has the plaster on the ceiling started to warp and fall off? If that’s the case, then it might be time for a new roof. Investing in a new roof is probably one of the most important things a homeowner will do to ensure the longevity of their home. This whole process may seem daunting.  But don’t worry. With our help, it will be the easiest thing you’ll do in your home improvement journey.

How do I get a new roof installed?

This is a great question. It might seem like a simple task, but by yourself, it could be very hard and costly. If you’re thinking of installing the roof yourself, try a few simple steps to see if you’re prepared for it.  Practice going up the ladder multiple times in a row. Then go stand up on the roof and see if you can do it comfortably. If those two things work out, try lifting a few 60 lb weights over your shoulder. Imagine doing all this the ENTIRE day, or over the course of several days. Instead of trying to do all of this alone, possibly causing more work for yourself, look into having it done professionally.

Start the process

First thing you will want to do is contact a verified inspector to come look at your roof. They’ll be able to give you a fair assessment, which will help you get started on a new roof. The next thing you will want to do is contact several contractors and get bids on the job. Once you find a contractor you feel comfortable working with, have them draw up a contract and go over it together.

A few things to look for in the contract is start and end date, itemized description of costs and total amount for the bid. Make sure to ask all your questions before signing the contract. During this process, ask about any permits that might be needed before you get started. The company installing your roof will be able to answer this question. In most cases, they will get the permits for you.

After that, the only thing left to do is wait for the roofing company to install your new roof. On the day of installation, the foreman will contact you and let you know that they will begin working on your house. He or she will be your advocate and your source of information. Make sure that your children and your pets maintain a safe distance from the workers while they install your roof. This is not only for your family’s safety but that of the workers as well.

How long does this process take?

This question won’t have the same answer for everyone. This depends on several things that all factor into the finished product. If your roof doesn’t have any serious damage done by water, moisture, pests or old age, you should be able to expect a one-day installation job. It will also depend on the size of the roof and possibly weather conditions. Your installer should be able to give you an estimation on how long the installation will take.

How much does it cost?

This is also different for everyone. Some people might have more damage to the roof foundation than can be seen before tearing the old shingles off. In this case, this will affect the total amount that you were first quoted. Most companies will plan for this, and might be able to give you a hypothetical price, in the event they’ll require more materials. It also depends on the size of your roof, and the roof of your garage if it’s unattached.  A standard-sized house should cost between $10,000 and $16,000. With financing options available, this would be a great way to maintain or even boost your credit.

Conclusion

If it looks like YOUR house needs a new roof, contact us today to get a consultation visit scheduled! We have licensed professionals ready to help with all your roofing needs.

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As a homeowner, it’s safe to assume you know the color of your roof. But do you know the color of your next-door neighbors’ roof? Or how about three doors down? The color of your roof has more relevance than just aesthetic appeal.  The color of your roof shingles can affect the overall efficiency of your utilities throughout the year. This article will help shed some light on the benefits of having either light or dark colored shingles.

How do Light Shingles Affect Your Home?

One of the most important things to realize about roof shingles, is they are your roofs’ first line of defense against harsh UV rays. The light-colored shingles help to reflect heat rays more than they absorb. That might not sound like such a big deal, but you can save a lot of money in the long run, especially during summertime. This will result in your air conditioner using less energy, which means less money spent on utility bills. If you live in an area that is prone to lots of sunshine and heat, it might be worth it to consider getting a lighter colored roof, if you don’t have one already.

How do Dark Shingles Affect your Home?

Since light shingles reflect heat, its only logical that dark shingles absorb it. This fact might not make dark colored roofs ideal for sunny states. However, it would make them ideal for places that don’t get as much sun, or that have long winters. Just like light shingles help lower utility bills in the summer, dark shingles can do the exact same thing in winter.  During the fall and winter months, they can help lower your monthly heating bills, by absorbing the heat from direct sunlight. Since they can absorb heat, that means that they can help melt the snow off your roof faster, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that. For the dark shingles to absorb the heat, they must have direct exposure to the sun. This can be a problem in the winter months, as the days seem shorter due to lack of sunshine.

Should You Get Light or Dark Shingles?

The easiest way to decide which color of shingle to have installed is to consult with a reputable roofing agency. A technician can come out and go over the options, pros and cons for your area and so forth. It is also largely based on your personal preference and any restrictions you might have from your HOA. Another thing to consider is how a dark roof might benefit your family in the spring and fall months. Depending on where you live, there might not be much snow during these times. This will mean more exposure to the sunlight, which will help to heat your home in a natural way.

Ultimately, it is up to you when choosing between light and dark shingles. If you have questions about what color shingles you should put on your house, contact us today! We would be more than happy to help you on your home improvement journey.

 

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While it might not seem like it, your roof is an important part of your family. It takes on the elements like snow, rain, and hail, so you don’t have to. But unlike the rest of your family, it has a hard time telling you when something is wrong. However, there are common signs that will indicate when something isn’t right. As a homeowner, it’s important to know what to look for, and when to call in a professional. Now the tricky part– knowing what you need to look for…

Water Spots on the Ceiling

Quite possibly the most common sign that something is wrong with your roof is unsightly discoloration on your ceiling. When your ceiling starts to stain or leak, this could be a sign that there is an excess buildup of moisture in your attic. Unfortunately, there could be a number of reasons why this is happening. To avoid further damage to the structural integrity of your attic and roof, it’s best to have a professional come and asses the damage and find the issue.

Water Damage on Exterior Walls

A common problem to overlook is water marks on your wall. You could easily mistake this for issues with your siding or even the plaster. Normally this means the step flashing is loose where it meets the wall. If it’s not loose, it could be because it has either rusted or incurred damage. If the damage to your wall appears worse after a good rain storm, it’s pretty safe to say that this is the culprit.

Gutters Have an Excess of Granules from Shingles

This is a great sign that your roof is at the end of its life and is going to need to be replaced soon. It’s very important to get ahead of this problem because the granules protect the shingles from the harsh UV rays. When the granules are all removed, your shingles will begin to decay and become very brittle. This can lead to cracked shingles, which is a big problem for homeowners and should be addressed quickly.

Cupping Shingles

If your shingles have begun to cup, this could be a sign that your attic is having ventilation issues, or that your shingles are old and worn. This is a good sign the roof will need to be re-shingled.  This is a good time to have a professional come out and asses your roof for other problems. Cupped shingles can be very problematic for your roof’s health. If these shingles aren’t fixed, they can blow off in a strong wind, leaving your roof exposed to the elements.

Black Stains on the Roof

This is a tell-tale sign that you have an algae problem. Some websites will say that this isn’t a problem, but that’s where they’re wrong! Algae, when left to fester and grow, can dislodge the granules in your asphalt shingles, leaving them exposed. Algae can also attract moss to your roof, which has the same effect on your shingles. Placing zinc strips around the ridge of your roof will release a fungicide that, when it rains, that will kill the algae. Another option is to mop your roof with a bleach mixture that will instantly kill the algae. However, if algae or moss has been a continuous problem, it’s best to have a professional come take a look at your roof.

Conclusion

These are just a few examples of what your roof might be trying to tell you. A simple way to get the most life out of your roof is to have annual or biannual roof inspections. This ensures nothing is trying to break it down. Call us today to set up a visit so we can make sure your roof isn’t trying to tell you something!

Things Your Roof is Trying to Tell You
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Have you ever looked at your neighbors’ roof and wondered why it’s so shiny? Have you driven through a neighborhood with futuristic-looking roofs and wondered what in the world their roof is made of? While it’s possible that what you saw were solar panels, it could also have been a solar tiled roof. In this article, we will discuss what solar tiles are, what they are made of, how they work and are installed, and a short list of pros and cons. Buckle up and let’s go!

What are Solar Roof Tiles?

solar tiles on roofMuch like their cousins, the solar panels, solar tiles are thin, photovoltaic sheets that can either replace or lay on top of your shingles. Just like the solar panels, solar tiles harness the energy they create from sunlight to power your home. A very interesting fact for this type of shingle is that it can be installed in any climate. This type of roof shingle is really a testament to how far technology has advanced and opens doors for even more possibilities for the future of roofing.

How do they work?

Great question! The sunlight hits a solar shingle that has been coated with a special surface that knocks off an electron from particles of light. Then, the free electron goes through an electrical circuit where other electrons are being stored. This compilation of electrons is then used to generate a current. That is how all our solar electricity works, no mater what form the photovoltaic device is in.

What are they made of?

They are about 12 inches wide and 86 inches long and weigh about 13 pounds per square foot. The thin-film solar cells are made from copper indium gallium selenide. This is a semiconductor that allows the cells to be thin and flexible. They are usually less than an inch thick, so they won’t look big and bulky like a solar panel.

How are They Installed?

Since these high-efficiency energy savers are so high-tech, it is best to have a professional roofer install them for you. Having a professional do it also helps assure the best return out of your investment. The way they are installed requires a lot of labor and TLC. Your roofer will put in shingle after shingle while wiring each one inside your home. This is a tedious job that should be done ONLY by professionals. There are a lot of permits and paperwork that go into owning solar powered anything. This is something professionals can handle for you, as well as saving you time and energy on doing the project yourself.

 

Pros and Cons of Having Solar Tiles

The benefits of installing solar tiles to your home are awesome! But as with a lot of things in life, nothing is perfect, which means there are some downsides to installing solar tiles. Below is a list of just a few pros and cons to having solar tiles:

Pro: Save Money! Like the solar panels, solar tiles will help cut your electricity bill in half, and you may even be able to make money from your electric company for excess power that your roof supplies back into the grid.

Pro: Solar tiles bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your overall home aesthetic. They have a more modern to futuristic look to them that a lot of prospective homeowners will find appealing. This is something to keep in mind if you envision yourself moving in the future. These tiles are designed to match existing roofing, so they will blend in making a nice finish on your roof.

Con: It’s true that solar tiles are quite energy efficient, but they cannot completely compare to the solar panels. Panels can be tilted for best sun exposure whereas tiles cannot. This may result in purchasing more tiles down the line to reach the same energy output as your neighbors with panels.

Con: While they will save you tons of money in the long run, the initial cost of installation can be quite a hefty chunk of money. This can cost anywhere from 10k to 20k. However, most states have grant programs to help with initial costs.

Ultimately it is your decision whether solar tiles are right for you. We would be more than happy to help you with your home improvement journey, so call us today!

Solar Tiles: Here’s the Scoop
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A roof is a big investment. Ranging anywhere from $450 to $700 per square foot, a new roof is no small expense. When searching for a roofing company, you need to make sure they are reputable. What types of things indicate a reputable roofer? We’re glad you asked!

Things to Look for in a Good Roofer

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  1. Licensed. Although not all states require roofing companies to have a license, a license is important to ensure all employees are properly trained. Be sure to ask for proof of licensing before any work is done.
  2. Insured. Always ask for proof of insurance and make sure the insurance covers not only their employees or contractors, but also any potential damage to your home or surroundings as a result of the roofing work.
  3. Bonded. Being bonded ensures that a company takes its responsibility to its customers seriously. As with licensing, bonding is not a requirement in any of the states, but it does help to indicate the integrity of the company.
  4. Good online reviews. In the age of technology, it is now easier than ever to check the satisfaction rate of customers. However, keep in mind that some people are never satisfied. Check multiple reviews. Read them thoroughly, don’t just check star ratings.
  5. BBB. Check their Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. The BBB website is a fantastic resource to find information on local companies, even if they don’t have a website. If the business has a low rating on the BBB, don’t use them.

Signs that you might have found a Bad Roofer

The roofer tells you to get your own permit. This is a huge red flag. A roofer who tells you to get your own permit, is probably not insured or licensed. Once you, the homeowner, get the permit yourself you are completely liable for the job. You are left holding the bag if anything goes wrong, .

The person or company can’t provide proof of insurance or license. As discussed above, a roofing company that cannot give proof of insurance and licensing may be trying to skirt around regulations and should not be trusted.
The roofers don’t inspect the attic. It is critical to inspect the underside of the roof (if at all possible) to get a complete and accurate estimate. After all, the roof sits on the attic.
They don’t give a “presentation”. The average homeowner only needs to replace a roof once or twice during their entire lifetime, so they don’t know the finer details of the roofing process. A roofing company who does not give you a presentation may not actually know what they’re doing and you could end up with much greater roofing problems.
They want cash only. This is another huge red flag. If the roofers only want cash, may be trying to avoid having a paper trail.  Always keep a paper trail for your own records, such as receipts, quotes, contracts, and bids.Image result for roofing clipart

Conclusion

When looking for a roofer, you have to consider their reputation. If they don’t have a good reputation, you can bet that they will not provide quality work. In addition to that, you’ll be out a few thousand dollars, and stuck with a bad roof. A good roofer will be reputable, licensed, insured, and bonded. Save yourself from wasting time searching for a roofer. Give us a call for all of your roofing needs.

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