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Should I Use Asphalt Shingles or Solar Shingles?

Asphalt shingles have a proven track record. You can benefit from its 20-25 year lifespan, reliable installations, long-term warranties from renowned manufacturers like GAF, and a wide variety of beautiful colors and shades. With solar shingles, you just have a few choices that prioritize functionality over aesthetics. Plus, they're far more expensive too. But, are they worth installing on your roof? 

Solar shingles are the primary choice of many homeowners because they look better than a solar array above an asphalt shingle layer. Many homeowners associations approve the use of solar shingles because of their quick installation and discreet appearance. Furthermore, the best supplier of asphalt shingles is also the best supplier of solar shingles.

The GAF Timberline Solar Shingle line is groundbreaking technology for solar technologies. These use the same asphalt shingles resistant to impact and wind GAF has distributed through the years. However, they have a solar cell that performs almost parallel to their panel counterparts. They're much better than Tesla's solar shingles because they can be installed just like asphalt shingles – nailed on an underlayment completely leak-free.

If you'd like to know more about the advantages of solar shingles, learn more from Solenergy Systems Inc.'s post below.

How do solar roof tiles actually work? Solar roof tiles have a special property that allows it to make electricity from sunlight. Sunlight strikes a single solar roof tile coated with a special surface that naturally knocks off an electron from the particle of light. The free electron travels through an electrical circuit to an area where other electrons are stored. This collection of electrons is then harvested to generate a current.


Solar roof tiles are aesthetically pleasing compared to the old, large solar PV panels. It still noticeable but it’s sleeker and more modern looking.


Since solar roof tiles are made of thin PV sheets, it can be used in areas where it’s hard to install PV panels. Nonetheless, the efficiency of these tiles is still dependent on the shading, roof orientation, and the exposure to solar energy.


The design of solar roof tiles doesn’t intervene with the wind flow hence it can withstand strong to cyclonic winds.


Solar roof tiles are known for its ease of installation. There’s no need to cut, grind, or drill through the roof to install solar roof tiles. Also, solar roof tiles are used with an existing power grid to guarantee power even when there is no sun.

Although the preliminary cost of installing solar roof tiles are quite costly, it can produce efficient results in the long run. With the rising cost and non-availability of other kinds of energy, it is vital to explore other sources of power. (Continue reading here to learn more)

Trust Roper Roofing & Solar to provide top-notch Timberline Solar Shingle installations and high-quality roofing solutions. We're a renowned name in your local area. Call us today to get started with your solar panel installations.


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Golden, CO 80401
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