A series of solar shingles make up large solar roofs. These tiles work both as a roof protector and insulator and as small-scale solar panels. An individual tile generates just a small amount of electricity, but may theoretically generate as much electricity as conventional solar panels when attached to other solar shingles. Tesla’s debut into the solar shingle industry has been viewed positively and innovatively by many, however, the solar shingle has actually been around since the 1970’s. Many people are not aware of this and they think of the solar shingle as being a modern-day technology. The roof repair experts have been dealing with this kind of technology for decades.

Solar shingles are usually made of three typical layers. The Solar cell is the most significant part of the solar shingle. The cell soaks up the strength of the light and transforms it into electricity. The cell is coated with a colored louver-a kind of thin film that enables sunlight to reach the shingle which making its solar components invisible from the surface of the pavement. Third, two sheets of tempered glass are sandwiched between the louvre and the container.

While many people are familiar with the traditional solar panel, most do not know the distinguishing factors between solar panels and solar shingles- besides the size difference. There a few main advantages that solar shingles have over solar panels. They weigh less and are smaller than the traditional solar panel. This makes it cheaper and easier to install and it also lessens the dead load on your roof. This should help maintain the health of your roof longer than with a  heavier solar panel. Solar shingles also do not require a roof elevation in order to be installed, and that it one of the main differences between installing solar shingles and solar panels. This also makes it easier and simpler to install solar shingles over solar panels.

Few solar shingles often come with longer warranties than traditional solar panels. Although the standard panel warranty lasts for only 25 years, Tesla promises the shingles can produce power for at least 30 years and stay unchanged during the house’s lifespan. This will save you money in the long run, not to mention the reduced energy cost in comparison to traditional asphalt shingle roofs.

Another distinguishing factor of the modern solar shingle is that the is looks much more like a standard roof shingle than does a bulky solar panel. Although traditional solar panels clearly jut out from the building, the solar shingles are physically unobtrusive, and sometimes blend smoothly into the rest of the roof of the house. Solar shingles are available in a wider array of colors, materials, and textures than large solar panels. As solar shingle technology evolves, they will become much thinner and they will blend in even more in an array of neighborhood houses. As their popularity continues to increase, it will become more and more difficult to distinguish high tech solar shingle roofs from regular asphalt shingle roofs until eventually, solar shingles will be the new normal throughout suburban neighborhoods.