3 Facts You Didn't Know About The GAF Timberline Solar Shingles

The complex and specialized processes marred the long-term adoption of Tesla's groundbreaking solar technology. GAF made waves beyond Tesla's solar roofing materials because it simplified a once-complex task: installing solar roofing materials. GAF showed in its CES 2022 that solar shingle roofing can have advanced technology but no need to install a new roofing specialization.

Here are three things you might not have known about GAF's Timberline Solar Shingles

It's The World's First Nailable Solar Shingle

Nailing a solar panel will destroy many of its electrical components for current solar roofing technologies. GAF Timberline Solar Shingles can be nailed straight to your roof deck like any other asphalt shingle. GAF's proprietary design simplifies the entire solar shingle installation process, turning it into a hassle-free 

endeavor for both homeowners and roofers.

It Seamlessly Integrates With All Existing Roof Operations

Many GAF MasterElite roofers, like Roper Roofing & Solar, can seamlessly include GAF Timberline Solar Shingles in your roof replacement operation. You won't need to use different contractors with separate labor warranties, save time during installation, and save money on roofing costs.

The Warranty Covers Everything As a Roof and Solar Product

GAF's all-in-one warranty provides lifetime roof material warranties and solar product warranties in one. If your roof material turns out to be defective, GAF will replace it at no added cost to you.

Check out CNET's feature of GAF's Timberline Solar Shingles and why it's a game-changer.

A new kind of roof shingle called Timberline Solar blurs the lines between roofing and solar. Its form, appearance and installation are barely distinguishable from asphalt composition shingles, yet each one is a solar panel. If it can capture the public's imagination as elegantly as it captures the sun's energy, it could seriously increase the 10% rate of US homes that get solar when a new roof goes on.

As important as its physical form, Timberline Solar is sold and installed by existing roofing companies -- as opposed to solar companies frequently known for bombastic radio commercials and "free" or "act now" offers. Attracting homeowners solely via the roofing industry is possible because GAF Energy has designed Timberline Solar to be installed like a common asphalt composition roof shingle, that is, with nail guns and string lines (lag bolts and metal racks are nowhere to be seen). "This is meant to be a roofing shingle that happens to produce electricity," says Rey Holmes, vice president of services and product at GAF Energy.

Prior to installation, Timberline Solar doesn't look quite like a roof shingle nor a solar panel: It's a long, narrow piece of thermoplastic about a quarter inch thick, bonded to an integrated solar panel on top. The whole thing is a single, waterproof unit that you can walk on. Electrical wiring connecting each shingle is hidden under a low-profile plastic channel along the edge of a set of shingles. That wiring feeds a single inverter on the side of the house that converts the panels' direct current output to alternating current used in the home. 

All types of solar panels must go through this conversion process -- solar installations are eventually an electrical job. The other method is to have a small "micro inverter" mounted at each solar panel, which has some benefits over single inverter arrangements. The roofers I spoke to subcontract that job to a local electrician rather than performing it in-house. (Continued)

If you need GAF Timberline Solar Shingle installations, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing and Solar for the best roof installation services in Golden, CO. Contact us today!

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