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With the risings costs associated with energy consumption, more homeowners are resorting to having solar shingles installed on their roofs. This environmentally friendly roofing material allows the entire home to be powered without requiring the homeowner to discontinue use of their mainstream electricity source. The energy that is produced from solar shingles allows homeowners to have the ability to use the extra energy that is produced during the daytime, and they can use their city produced electricity during overcast days or during the evening hours. Because the procedures associated with installing solar shingles can be complex, homeowners are encouraged to consult with adequately experienced Union County roofers in order to learn more.

During the 1970s, solar panels created a bulky, unattractive aesthetic, which was a definite drawback for many homeowners. However, over the years, manufacturers have produced better technology that is able to blend in much better with the existing roofing materials. Some types of solar shingles are engineered to resemble attractive roofing materials such as slate shingles. The cost associated with producing solar electricity has also dropped by over 90 percent, making the product more attainable for homeowners.

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Solar shingles, which are also referred to as photovoltaic shingles, harness electricity whenever the sun directly hits their semiconductors. While a single shingle does not produce a significant amount of energy, when hundreds are installed on the surface of the roof, the energy that is produced is enough to provide power to the entire house. This is an added incentive for homeowners who live in areas that are prone to experiencing rolling blackouts or a loss of electricity during storms.

Since the shingles tend to be lightweight, in most cases, roofing contractors will not have to reinforce the roof's structure prior to installing them. However, the installation process of solar shingles can be quite a bit more complex than the process of installing a traditional roofing material such as asphalt shingles. The shingles feature intricate electrical wires that are typically connected to a converter that is installed inside the home. In many cases, roofing contractors will work with an electrical specialist in order to ensure that the wiring system is properly installed. If the shingles are installed improperly, not only will they not be successful in producing energy, but it could result in significant damage being caused to the existing roofing system. For this reason, it is imperative that homeowners ensure that the roofing company they hire has plenty of experience working with solar shingles.

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