Are you considering adding solar power to your home? Solar can be a great way to generate green energy while also reducing your own reliance on the public power grid. However, before you have solar installed, there is an important decision you need to make. Do you want standard solar panels, or would you rather have a solar roof? Solar panels do tend to be cheaper at the onset, and they are easier to come by. However, solar roofs do have a lot of other advantages that make them a worthy contender. Take a look.
Solar roofs are a single structure.
Once you add solar panels to your roof, you have two companies involved in your roofing: the roofer and the solar company. This can be a bit of a hassle if the roof needs repairs. You first need to call the solar company and have them remove your panels. With a solar roof, on the other hand, you only have one company to work with: the company that installed and will maintain your solar roof. It's also easier and less of a burden to maintain just a solar roof, rather than solar panels plus a roof.
Solar roofs look nicer.
There might be some people who like the look of solar panels, but most people either feel indifferent about them or do not like the way they look. They do change the look of your home. With a solar roof, on the other hand, you can keep your property looking more "normal." Solar roofs just look like nice, high-end shingles or flat tiles. Many people think they look better than a standard roof, and they definitely look as nice.
Solar roofs may produce more power.
When you have solar panels on your roof, you can only have them mounted so close to the edge or to the peak. There may be some surfaces of your roof that go unused. With solar roofing, you can cover a greater proportion of the roof, which means you'll likely generate more electricity. In time, the solar roof may pay for its cost over the solar panels because it generates more electricity. You're also more likely to be able to disconnect from the grid, thanks to the higher production.
Talk to a solar contractor to learn more about solar roofs. They cost more than solar panels, but they are often a better, more functional choice in the long run.