Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Should I replace my roof with solar shingles?

Solar shingles could be a wise choice if you plan to replace your roof. Solar shingles offer energy efficiency, reducing demand on the power grid and providing visual appeal. However, if your roof is still in good condition, replacing it solely to install solar shingles may not be cost-effective. In that case, it may be better to wait until it’s time for a roof replacement to invest in solar shingles.

Is DIY installation possible with solar shingles?

While you may be able to install solar shingles on your own, especially if you have a background in roofing, it is typically not recommended. Solar shingle installation is complex and involves electrical wiring and connections that must be installed correctly for the system to work safely and efficiently. Additionally, DIY installation may not be eligible for incentives or rebates for professionally installed systems.

How many solar shingles will I need for my house?

The number of solar shingles you will need for your home will depend on the size of your roof. However, the average installation requires 300 to 350 solar shingles per installation. A solar shingle installer will analyze your energy needs and roof size to determine precisely how many solar shingles you need. 

Can I take out a loan for solar shingles?

Yes, you can take out a loan to finance the installation of solar shingles. Many solar installation companies offer financing options, and third-party lenders, such as LightStream, SoFi, and Credible, specialize in solar financing. Some banks and credit unions also offer loans specifically for renewable energy projects. 

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Ann Schreiber

Written by: Ann Schreiber

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Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

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