Every homeowner wants to find a way to combat those ever-increasing utility bills. While solar panels used to be the only option, homeowners in western Canada will soon be able to add solar shingles to their roofs to generate energy and cut back on their utility costs.
Most homeowners have avoided solar panels simply because of their bulky look and high start-up cost. Solar roofing systems, however, is seamless and almost invisible when installed by skilled roofing professionals. No one will know you have energy-generating shingles on top of your house.
Ready to Join the Green Revolution? Most homeowners have avoided solar panels simply because of their aesthetic appeal. Solar roofing, however, is seamless and almost invisible when installed by skilled roofers. No one will know you have energy-generating shingles on top of your house.
While solar roofing is definitely worth considering, it does require a significant upfront investment. So, it is best to familiarize yourself with this new product and see if it is right for your home.
Why Choose Solar Roofing?
Solar roofing combines typical roofing materials with integrated photovoltaics to convert sunlight into solar energy. Using this type of energy conductor yields a few distinct benefits, including:
- Practically invisible solar power – no more large panels protruding from your roof.
- Clean energy and renewable power that is wired into your home’s electrical system to power your house.
- Increasing the value of your home – especially because green energy is in such high demand.
- Tesla Canada’s prototypes are already passing tests for Class 4 impact rating, which means the solar roof application will be able to withstand hail with the same durability as high end impact resistant shingles.
- Solar shingles lie flat on the roof surface, eliminating the possibility of being lifted by windstorms.
Check out some of the new technology coming our way from Tesla Canada
Are There Downsides to Solar Roofs in Alberta?
Despite our long, bitter winters on the prairies, Alberta actually has better than average statistics for sun exposure, especially during our long summer daylight hours. While this efficiency goes down as seasons change, ensuring your solar power generators are clean and clear of snow and debris is important for getting continuous value from your investment. While light snowfall on top of solar roofs will not hinder their ability, a few inches of snow could force your panels to stop generating energy.
Many homeowners consider green energy solutions as a means of saving money on their energy bills. In western Canada energy costs are typically lower than in most of Canada, which means moving to green energy will pay itself off over a longer period of time.
The choice to move to solar roofing will require rewiring your electrics from an electrician and this is not a service offered by A. Clark. You will need to consult with a professional to discuss the viability of converting your home for green power.
There is a lot of misinformation and myths surrounding modern solar technology. Check out our guide about 5 Common Residential Solar Panel Myths –Debunked!
How Much Do Solar Roofs Cost?
Even with incentives for green energy provided by the government of Alberta, making the move over to green energy is potentially a significant initial investment. To review government incentives regarding green energy and to further determine if a move to solar energy is right for your needs, please review the Energy Efficient Alberta website.
Solar Accessories Available Today
Canada Go Green is a leader in offering solar-powered turbine vents that are weather resistant and provide your attic space with year-round cooling completely maintenance-free. If you are considering adding ventilation or solar tunnels for additional light in your home, you can come into our office to view a sample.
It is best to speak to a skilled roofing contractor that specializes in these types of panels to get an accurate estimate. A. Clark Roofing & Siding Lp. Edmonton and Calgary offer solar roofing products and we are proud to offer free estimates to those who are thinking about converting to solar energy. Call us today for a no-obligation free estimate from our roofing contractors.