Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can solar shingles or panels be installed on any type of roof?

Solar panels can be installed on various roofs, including asphalt, metal, tile, and flat roofs. However, solar shingles are designed specifically for tilted or sloped roofs and may not be the best option for flat roofs. The type of roof material can also impact the installation process and may require specific equipment or techniques. It's best to consult with a solar professional to determine the best solar option for your specific roof type and material.

How can you decide between solar shingles and solar panels?

When deciding between solar shingles vs. solar panels, you must consider energy efficiency, aesthetics, cost, and roof type. Solar panels tend to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective than solar shingles, but solar shingles can be more visually appealing and blend in better with the roofline. Be sure also to keep your roof type in mind, as solar shingles may not be suitable for all roof types.

What’s the cost of solar shingles vs. regular roof shingles?

Despite the recent price decrease due to more manufacturers entering the solar market, solar roofs are still expensive. The installation cost for solar shingles typically ranges from $21 to $25 per square foot, making the total project cost an average of $55,000 for a residential property. In comparison, a conventional roof costs between $5,646 and $12,031. Even premium roofing materials such as clay or slate, costing $800 to $1,800 per square, are cheaper than solar tiles.

Can I DIY install solar shingles or solar panels on my roof?

It is highly recommended to hire a professional for both solar panels and solar shingle installation. While it may be tempting to attempt a DIY installation, both options require expertise in electrical wiring and connections to ensure safety and optimal efficiency. Improper installation can also make you ineligible for incentives or rebates offered for professionally installed systems.

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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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