Morris County Roofers: Article About Solar Shingles

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Solar roofing shingles are a great product for those homeowners who wish to enhance the value of their home while saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. Unlike large and unwieldy solar array panels, solar shingles are small and lie flush with the roof decking. This allows homeowners to save money by using solar energy to power their homes without having unattractive panels jutting from the rooftop. Consulting with Morris County roofers can help interested homeowners decide if a solar shingle roof is the right choice for them.

Solar shingles are the same general size as a typical three-tab asphalt shingle. They can be used in conjunction with most other roofing products and come in a variety of colors so that they match the home's existing décor. Though an initial installation costs more than some of the other roofing options, solar shingles can potentially pay for themselves over time, not only by saving on energy costs but by increasing the overall value of the home by approximately 30 percent as well.

Not all homes are suited for solar installations. In order for solar energy to be captured effectively, the home must have a southern-facing, sloped roof. Though there are a lot of other factors that can affect the efficacy of a solar installation, the best energy capture occurs when the roof slope is roughly equal to the longitude where the house is located.

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Homeowners can decide how much energy they wish to capture. Theoretically, a home can meet 100 percent of its energy needs with the right amount of solar shingles, but many property owners elect to target a specific percentage of supplemental power that they wish to achieve each month. Much depends on the amount of year-round sunlight that is available.

Most solar shingle installations are wired directly into the home's electrical grid. The solar power that is captured each day supplements the power transmitted from the electric company. Any energy overages can usually be sold back to the power company.

Since solar power is much cleaner and is an unlimited resource, the federal government, as well as many state governments, offers property owners who install solar roofs a significant tax break. The breaks are in the form of a tax credit rather than a deduction, which can significantly reduce the cost of purchase and installation.

Between tax credits, monthly energy savings and increased property values, solar shingle roofs can be a great investment for many property owners, and they are one of the most environmentally friendly roofing options as well.

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