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Transparent Panels and Solar Shingles: Waves of the Solar Energy Future

Solar panels have achieved so much in the last century. It started with a proof of concept from innovators. It became a worldwide phenomenon that became a great way for many to avoid high solar energy bills from traditional coal and gas solar energy production. Today, solar panels have become the most advanced source of energy, with mass adoption apparent in the next few years.

High-quality solar panels can achieve a whopping 25% efficiency on average across various brands. It has become a crucial technology that powers residential, commercial, and industrial infrastructures across the world. Despite this progress, innovation continues to take the technology to new heights. 

Today's newest technologies are transparent solar panels and solar shingles. These two technologies are remarkable in their respective ways.

Transparent solar shingles can generate the same level of solar energy as solar panels. It uses the same technology but has a transparent surface that makes them usable as a window. It might see widespread use in high-rise condominiums, skyscrapers, and other structures if implemented.

On the other hand, solar shingles have taken the world by surprise. GAF's Timberline Solar Shingles, the brainchild of decades of research combining solar panel technology with traditional asphalt shingles, have exploded in popularity because of their usefulness and reliability.

You can learn more about the Timberline Solar Shingle line from GAF in this short post below.

Water-shedding and warranted

Timberline Solar™ is made up of shingles, not panels or heavy tiles. These shingles are water-shedding, strong and warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph. Rack-mounted solar installations—where the solar is separate from the roof–require the drilling of dozens of holes into the roof membrane. Any resulting damage related to those holes is not typically covered by roof warranties.

For homeowners who already know the quality of GAF roofing products, the Timberline Solar™ roof has the same wind and water-shedding warranty coverage as Timberline HD.

Curb appeal

Investing in a home is no small matter – and the way it looks is important. Timberline Solar™ has a design that blends in with the aesthetic of the house, with elements that add visual appeal like an architectural shingle.

Here at GAF Energy, we strive to not just meet homeowners expectations for roofing reliability, but to achieve breakthroughs with aesthetics.

How solar savings work

With a GAF Energy solar roof, you’ll not only get a roof that’s durable and has curb appeal, it’s also financially smart, since you can save on your energy bills over time.

Timberline Solar™ can supply your home with electricity every day, every hour the sun is shining.

And while we don’t want to talk tech jargon, it’s met some industry-leading standards such as UL 7103 certification, which means it’s been through rigorous testing from an independant certification company that’s been around for over one hundred years. We’re committed to the quality of our product. (Continue reading here to learn more)

If you have yet to find a reliable contractor to install your solar panels or GAF Timberline Solar Shingles, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing & Solar to provide the best service suitable for your needs. Call us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.


795 McIntyre St. Suite 303
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 720-809-7586

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Austin TX 78739
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