How Does Solar Roofing Work?
With more and more homeowners getting serious about cutting energy costs, it’s no surprise that solar roofing options are growing in popularity. In fact, 67% of homeowners who don’t currently have solar installed on their roofs are interested in getting it in the future.
In particular, solar shingles (see the picture above) are becoming mainstream. Compared to solar panels, which are mounted on an existing roof, solar shingles are a combination roofing material and energy generator. They are an energy producing shingle that is integrated with roof shingles, not panels or heavy tiles that sit on top of your roof. And thanks to innovations in the technology by some of the leaders in roofing materials, solar shingles are currently accessible for homeowners and commercial property owners alike.
But how does solar roofing work?
How Solar Roofing Works
Solar shingles are exactly what they sound like: solar energy producing shingles that are designed to be installed in-line and flush with roof singles and harness the sun’s energy.
In a nutshell, solar roofing systems work in three steps:
- Solar shingles collect light energy from the sun and convert it into electrical energy.
- Solar roofing system creates an electric grid.
- Solar roofing system converts electrical energy from DC to AC for use as a power source.
There’s more science to it than this simplified explanation, and you can read more about it here.
The Effectiveness of Solar Shingles
How effective your solar roofing system is depends on a number of factors, including size, capacity, orientation, location, and amount of sunlight. The good news is that we get loads of sunlight in Colorado! The amount of solar shingles can be designed for what you want to power and will help reduce your energy costs.
Solar shingles can save you thousands of dollars in energy costs over their lifetime, and they’re largely considered an effective and sustainable method for generating clean energy. Click here and enter your address to get a ballpark idea of how much you could save by investing in solar.
How Solar Roofing Is Installed
Installing a solar roof in Denver or anywhere in Colorado is fairly straightforward. One note is that it often requires an upfront investment, although financing and leasing options may be available to you. Colorado also offers solar incentives.
A key difference between solar shingles and solar panels is that solar shingles are integrated with your roof shingles; solar panels are installed on top of your traditional shingles. For example, the GAF Timberline Solar system can be installed by an experienced roofing professional and little more than a nail gun.
Trust Seasoned Professionals
There are a growing number of options available to homeowners who are interested in leveraging solar power for their home’s source of energy. However, pay close attention to what’s available in your area, as recently some companies may have altered their approach to solar roofing near you.
No matter what solar roofing solution you decide to have installed on your home, go with a trusted resource that will get the job done correctly and efficiently.
At J&K Roofing, our entire team is dedicated to high-quality work, and we’re certified in all materials we work with. Get in touch with us today to talk about your roofing needs and how solar can help you save on energy costs! 303-425-7531