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Solar shingles are a relatively new roofing product that many savvy homeowners are turning to as an alternative to shingles made from asphalt and other less ecofriendly products. While it is true that the initial cost of a solar installation is greater than a traditional asphalt shingle roof, a solar shingle roof will still be producing electricity and saving homeowners money long after an asphalt roof has been carted to the landfill. Certified Union County roofers can help interested property owners determine if a solar shingle installation is the right choice for their property, but here are a few facts to get started on understanding how solar shingles can save money and help the environment.

Solar shingles are the same general size and shape as a 3 tab asphalt shingle. Just like a large solar array, they capture energy from the sun's rays and convert it to usable energy that is wired directly into a home's power grid. The main advantage shingles have over a solar array is that they lie flush against the roof's decking and are tinted to match existing roofing materials.

For most installations, it is not necessary to cover an entire roof in order to enjoy the benefits of free energy. The amount of area that must be covered with solar shingles in order to produce the desired amount of energy can be calculated by a roofing professional, based on the individual homeowner's needs, their locale and the amount of energy they regularly use.

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Property owners can optimize the solar energy produced by making sure that the home's roof has at least one southern facing slope. A pitched roof is preferable to a flat one. The area should be free from overhanging foliage as well. Although direct sunlight is best, keep in mind that even on overcast days, the shingles can produce energy. Any energy that has not been used at the end of the billing cycle is usually credited to the homeowner's bill, which can result in significant savings. Homeowners can determine the average percentage they want to save each month, theoretically up to 100 percent. Much depends on the location of the home though, so it is best to seek guidance from a certified roofer.

Solar shingles are the most ecofriendly choice in roofing products. Not only do they save on energy bills, they also qualify property owners, both residential and commercial, for federal and state tax credits. These credits reduce the amount of taxes owed by a set percentage of the overall cost. For example, a solar roof that costs $20,000 to purchase and install can potentially save a taxpayer $6,000 on their federal tax bill. State tax credits can be utilized in conjunction with the federal credits, generating additional savings.

In addition to saving money on taxes and energy consumption, solar shingle roofs can add significantly to a home's market value. Check with a local realtor or a roofing pro to see what the typical increase in value is for the location. In most cases, property owners will find that installing solar is a great way to save money while also making a sound investment into their homes.

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