Regardless of the shape of roof you have, flat, steep, gable, L-Shaped, Gambrel, Hip or T-shaped, it is essential that it be covered with materials that will keep the building underneath free from all types of weather. One of the materials that has proven itself over the years is shingles.
Wooden shingles actually came into being in the 1870s and ‘80s. Currently shingles are available in wood, slate, metal, plastic, flagstone and composite materials. When the right brand is used, and they are properly laid, shingles can offer years of protection and provide the homeowner with the assurance that costly repairs will not have to be made on an annual basis.
Popular shingle brands are fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles. Fiberglass needs less asphalt which results in a lighter and thinner composition. In addition, fiberglass has a higher fire rating as well as a longer warranty. Currently fiberglass is one of the most popular on the market. They appear in three-tab and architectural shingles with the three-tab shingles featuring cutouts, or tabs, along their lower edge.
One of the newer shingles on the market are solar shingles. These are also called photovoltaic shingles and are especially designed to resemble regular roofing materials such as asphalt or slate. They first appeared on the market in 2005 for commercial roofing.
Solar shingles are available in single-sized solid panels that can be placed in strips or other designs the size of regular shingles. The purpose, of course, is to provide the building with electricity via the sun’s rays as well as weather protedtion. They have been found to reach as much as 100 watts DC per shingle with most solar shingles being 12 in x 86 in. It is possible to staple them onto roofing felt while inter-mingling them with regular shingles.
These shingles avoid the former requirement of huge solar panels on the roof. Currently there are several different styles of these shingles, which make it possible to adapt them to any style of roof. Installed like regular shingles, they do not require replacement of rafters or other roof construction.
These shingles have undergone tests to assure their durability. This includes using hailstones traveling at 100 mph on impact. This assures that the solar shingles may be safer than traditional shingles in a disaster. Telsa Solar Corporation has announced that in 2018 it will offer solar shingles in the slate and Tuscan style.
As with any new type of product on the market, the cost is an important part when deciding upon installation. The current estimate is $4.00 per watt up to $12.00 per watt installed. When looking at the estimated cost for a residence using 350 solar shingles the cost is estimated at $20,000. It must be remembered that there are state and federal rebates, depending on the location, as well as immediate energy savings.
Regardless of the type of roofing you decide to put on your home or commercial building, it is important to have an installer who is well known in the business and is able to provide the expertise required to do the best job possible. At Capital Roofing, we are proud to fulfill these expectations and will be happy to assist you in any way possible with your roofing concerns.