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Comparing Solar Roofs, Solar Shingles and Solar Panels

In our shared pursuit of sustainable energy solutions, many homeowners are looking to incorporate solar technology into their homes. When you venture into the solar roofing market, you’ll encounter several types of solar roofing options, each offering its own set of advantages, disadvantages, and unique aesthetics.

B&W Group Roofing and Solar: Westchester, NY and Bergen County, NJ Solar Solutions

Before we explore solar energy, let us introduce ourselves. B&W Group Roofing and Solar has been a trusted GAF Roofing Certified Master Elite Contractor for 46 years. We are deeply committed to serving Westchester County, NY; Bergen County, NJ; and Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are a locally-owned and family-operated roofing company committed to sustainability and customer satisfaction. With top ratings on Google, Facebook, and Yelp, along with an A+ BBB rating, we are here to help you tap into solar energy.

GAF Energy Solar Shingles vs Tesla Solar Shingles: Which One Should You Choose?

Solar energy has come a long way, and today, two giants stand at the forefront: solar roofs and traditional solar panels. Let’s journey to uncover which option reigns supreme in solar technology.

The Solar Roof Unveiled

A solar roof is an innovative system where solar power cells are seamlessly integrated into the roof, directly attached to the roof deck. In contrast, traditional solar panels are mounted on roofs using racks. Currently, there are three prominent integrated solar systems making waves:

Gaf Timberline Solar ShinglesTesla’s Solar Tiles: Introduced in 2016, these tiles integrate smoothly with regular roof tiles, producing a notable 13.58 watts per square foot. However, their price has become a barrier for many homeowners over time.

GAF Energy DecoTech: These solar panels from GAF Energy are fixed directly to the roof and waterproofed. This design simplifies roof replacement when assisted by roofing contractors.

GAF’s Timberline Solar™ Shingles: These asphalt shingles feature built-in solar cells, offering a lighter alternative to Tesla’s tiles. GAF Energy boasts 5.96 watts per square foot from Timberline Solar™ Shingles.

Advantages of Traditional Solar Panels

While traditional solar panels have their merits, let’s explore how solar roofs more than compensate for these advantages:

1. Adjustability with Racks:

Rack-mounted solar panels can be positioned to optimize sunlight capture. In contrast, solar roofs, which are fixed to the roof deck, are constrained by the preset angle of the roof.

2. Higher Energy Production:

Traditional solar panels can produce 17 watts per square foot, surpassing Tesla’s 13.58 watts/sqft and GAF’s 5.96 watts/sqft.

3. Efficiency in Heat:

Solar panels stay cooler than solar roofs due to the space between the panel and the roof deck. High temperatures can reduce solar cell efficiency.

4. No Roof Replacement Required:

Solar panels can be installed without requiring a complete roof replacement, making them a more cost-effective choice for homes that need roofing updates.

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The Winning Advantages of Solar Roofs

Solar roofs have a compelling edge in this comparison thanks to several key advantages:

Waterproofing Excellence: Integrated into the roof design, solar roofs boast superior waterproofing compared to solar panel racks, which require holes drilled into the roof deck, often voiding warranties.

Smaller Design, Greater Coverage: Despite producing slightly less energy per square foot, solar roof tiles and shingles occupy less space. This allows for installation in a larger roof area, accommodating obstacles like chimneys and vents while maximizing energy production.

Efficiency-Boosting Technology: Innovations in solar shingles, such as GAF’s Timberline Solar™ Shingles, utilize smaller and more efficient Mono PERC cells, compensating for the higher temperatures associated with direct roof attachment.

Cost Savings through Integration: GAF’s integrated solar roof products offer potential cost savings by combining roofing and solar installation into a single project facilitated by a GAF-certified contractor.

Solar Roofs vs. Solar Panels: The Bottom Line

Solar RoofingFor most homeowners, the bottom line is a critical consideration. Roofing contractors handle the installation of solar roofs, making it possible to maximize rooftop areas for solar energy generation. This often translates to solar shingles producing more power for less money than traditional solar panels.

Historically, solar panels were the more cost-effective choice. However, recent innovations in solar shingles are changing the game. While solar companies spend up to 23% of their budget on advertising and acquiring customers, GAF Energy’s collaboration with roofing contractors simplifies the approach, cutting down on marketing costs.

Moreover, GAF Energy is poised to expand its solar shingle offerings beyond Timberline Solar™ Shingles, offering homeowners a broader range of solar options than ever before.

Conclusion: B&W Group Roofing and Solar

In conclusion, the solar energy landscape is changing, with solar roofs becoming a leading choice for sustainable power. By partnering with B&W Group Roofing and Solar, you’re investing in advanced solar solutions and committing to a greener, brighter future for your residence.

If you’re interested in solar options or want a free estimate, please get in touch. B&W Group Roofing and Solar aims to facilitate a smooth and affordable switch to solar energy, always prioritizing your satisfaction.

Contact us today to experience the future of solar roofing in Westchester County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ.