Solar Shingles: The Sleek New Way to Save a Bundle

Category: Posted on: 01/5/15 4:09 PM

Solar Shingles: The Sleek New Way to Save a Bundle

If you’ve ever considered solar power for your home, you have an idea of what those clunky solar panels perched atop your roof would look like to the outside world. No thank you.

Fortunately, Century Home Improvements now features CertainTeed’s Apollo Solar Roofing Shingles–a “no worries” solution that’s attractive, Earth-smart and substantially wallet-friendly.

At a little over an inch thick, solar roofing shingles are sleek without sacrificing efficiency. They can slash your home’s energy bills by 40 to 70 percent.

Solar shingles are superior to outdated solar panels in nearly every way. Panels are typically installed over asphalt shingles and are often assembled with racks and brackets drilled into your existing roof, they frequently void the home’s roofing warranty. Solar shingles, however, are integrated seamlessly into your asphalt roofing system, leaving the traditional warranty intact and boasting a 25-year power generation warranty in the bargain.

Additionally, solar shingles are lightweight, eliminating the need for structural reinforcement, and they are durable and wind resistant as well. They also are Class A fire rated, the highest fire-resistance rating available. This means the solar shingles meet or exceed the fire ratings of more common roof coverings and can withstand severe exposure to fire.

Apollo Solar Shingles work by capturing energy from the sun and converting it to direct current (DC) electricity. On average, solar shingles can generate 12 watts of power per square foot.

The Apollo system also includes an inverter, which converts the DC electricity to alternative current (AC) electricity so your home energy system can utilize it as electrical power. The inverter transmits information to your home computer, giving you the ability to track the system’s performance and energy savings.

Depending on your energy needs, the Apollo system can generate some or most of the energy used by your house. Any excess energy flows back through your meter into the power grid. In some cases, this can result in a credit on your electric bill, making Apollo the roofing system that pays you back!

For more information on the Apollo Solar Shingle roofing system, visit our website, or call us at 1-888-213-2554 for a FREE estimate.