3 Solid Reasons Why The GAF Timberline Solar Shingles Are Enormous Game Changers

GAF’s solar shingles are the best alternative to solar panels today. However, there’s one other thing that it can change for the better in Golden, CO; doing away with Tesla’s complex and tech-heavy solar roofing materials.

GAF Timberline Solar Shingles are the best alternative to Tesla Solar Roofing. GAF Timberline is affordable and will work with any roof shape and size, and they are simple to install and are designed to blend into your roof.

Here are three more solid reasons to use them as your primary solar energy conduit.

They’re Practically Asphalt Shingle Roofs

The GAF Timberline Solar shingle roof system is an asphalt shingle roof with a solar panel integrated into the shingle. The solar panel collects energy from the sun, converts it to electricity, and stores it in an onboard battery. However, you won’t need specialists for this one because roofers of zero solar panel expertise can nail them down and install them just like how you would a regular roof.

You’ll Need Just A Qualified Electrician

With the Timberline Solar Shingles, you won’t need a specialist solar installation team in Golden, CO, to install your roof. A qualified electrician can attach your power conduit to your solar roofing system, allowing you to enjoy independent energy generation without an extra layer of panels.

Costs Almost The Same As an Asphalt Shingle Roof

According to GAF, the Timberline Solar Shingle line will likely have the same price tag of asphalt shingle roofs. This makes them much more valuable than Tesla’s tech-heavy solar shingles. The solar roof’s affordability combined with GAF’s wide roofing material distribution network makes it an enormous contender against Tesla’s dominion on solar roofing materials.

You can learn more about GAF’s solar shingles in this GreenBiz article. Here’s an excerpt.

While the rest of the incoming climate tech pitches tapered off dramatically during the year-end holiday, you can expect a smattering of consumer-catered introductions this week pegged to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  

One of the more notable launches from my perspective is a new solar shingle line from GAF Energy, part of Standard Industries, which is North America’s largest roofing products company. The product this week snagged what is essentially a CES Best in Show award, its Innovation Award for Smart Cities. I know, I know. Solar roofs have been kind of a non-starter over the past several years (even Tesla has stumbled) for reasons related to both design shortcomings and costs. But GAF Energy’s entry into this market — along with some innovative experiments by the energy and facilities team at Google — could signal a shift in both aesthetics and economics.

What’s so notable about the new Timberline Solar Energy Solar shingle from GAF Energy is that it’s really and truly a shingle, one that can be nailed onto a roof along with the other materials that protect your house from the elements. That means it can be installed by traditional roofing contractors — although you still need a qualified electrician to connect them — and GAF has access to plenty of both. 

Consider this: One out of every four of the roughly 5 million roofs installed every year on U.S. homes come from GAF. The residential roofing industry is about 20 times larger than the rack-mounted, solar rooftop sector, which installs an average of between 250,000 and 300,000 systems annually. Given those two data points, GAF Energy President Martin DeBono figures that if his company can convince about 10 percent of the homeowners replacing their roof in a given year to opt for the solar version, it could quickly become the biggest U.S. rooftop solar company. "Our focus is on the people who are going to be getting a new roof," DeBono told me.

Aside from a massive sales and installation channel, DeBono figures the company has several other advantages over traditional rackmount solar installations. Its product — which has achieved a UL 7103 certification, covering building integrated photovoltaics — is less than a quarter inch thick, meaning that it can blend in easily with the other shingles on the roof. It goes on quickly: in a matter of one or two days for a 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot roof, compared with the weeks it can take for the alternative. The waterproofing is built in, and the warranty covers both the solar panels and leaks — you can’t always say the same for traditional installations. (Continue reading here to learn more)

You can always count on us at Roper Roofing & Solar to provide you with high-quality solar roofing installations in Golden, CO. Contact us to learn more about our products and services today.

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