The expected lifespan of a premium asphalt shingle roof is around 20 years. Now imagine if during all that time, your roof protected your home and also generated electricity. Your roof is an ideal location for solar cells because it receives the most unobstructed sunlight. If you’re planning to have your roof replaced this year, consider installing solar power shingles.
Solar Kit: What Is It?
You’ve probably seen solar panels on rooftops, but have you ever seen a solar kit? Maybe you have but did not know it. From a distance they look like ordinary rack systems, but if you look closely, you’ll notice they’re more. An embedded solar roof has the panels integrated with the shingles, not racked on top.
This photovoltaic roofing material is manufactured to blend and complement traditional asphalt roofing shingles. They are made of the same materials, a photosensitive waterproof product and material, used in regular solar panels. This material can generate electricity in the presence of sunlight. The main difference is solar panels have only one function – to generate electricity.
An integrated solar kit, on the other hand, serves a dual purpose – they protect your home from external elements and also generate electricity, which makes them less expensive in the long run.
The Science Behind Solar Roofing
Solar kits work like traditional solar panels. They have a special property which allows them to use the sun as a power source to make electricity. The solar kit is comprised of photovoltaic cells, which take light and turn it into electricity.
A photon is a unit of electromagnetic radiation with no charge. Its electrons and protons are equal, giving it no charge. All the cells on solar panels contain two pieces of semiconductors, usually silicon. For photovoltaic cells to work, they need to establish an electric field, which occurs when opposite charges are separated.
Manufacturers combine silicon with other materials to give each side of the cells a positive or negative electrical charge. In essence, they add phosphorous into the silicon’s top layer to add extra electrons and boost the negative charge. The bottom layer gets a dose of boron to increase protons (a positive charge).
When sunlight strikes a solar panel, a part of the light is captured within the semiconductor. The semiconductor now contains energy which naturally knocks off an electron, which then travels through an electrical circuit to find other electrons. A couple of other components of the cell harvest the collection of electrons to generate a current. Metal conductive plates then transfer the electrons to wires where they can flow like any other source of electricity.
In theory, solar roofing can produce 100% of a home’s electricity usage, but it’s dependent on several factors, including the amount of sunlight the structure gets, the demand of a home, the home’s current utility rates, and the surface of the roof open to southern skies. Solar roofing can work anywhere because they can use scattered, diffused sunshine on a cloudy or rainy day.
The Value a Solar Roof Can Have For You
With an embedded solar roof, you build in embedded savings. The roof generates electricity into your home and when there’s too much power produced, it is sent to the electric grid. For the cost of the panels and installation, you’ll get at least a decade of high return on investment. The profit you’ll be pocketing will come in the form of savings for days, weeks, months, and years. Having your own power generator will help offset the rising utility costs.
You get additional savings by tapping into Florida’s P.A.C.E. program. You can earn up to 26% of the cost of installation and get a tax refund, lower energy bill, and a more comfortable home.
In addition to providing free energy, a solar kit also makes a roof look good. Because the solar panels are integrated, you don’t have to worry about the bulky and noticeably stick out from rooftops. They can easily complement any home’s architectural design, creating a sleek appearance.
Renewable Energy Source
Solar power is a 100% renewable, clean, and efficient energy source. It reduces reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas to generate electricity. Removing fossil fuel production with every kiloWatt of power generated by your solar roofing helps conserve the environment and our little spaceship Earth.
Once fossil fuels are extracted and converted to electricity or heat, they’re gone. But solar energy is abundant, clean, and free. Whether you prefer nearly free energy or want to reduce your carbon footprint, solar roofing is worth considering.
When looking for solar roofing in Florida, look no further than Mark Kaufman Roofing. We know Florida roofs and have expertise in solar roofing. Contact us today to learn more about going green with solar kits.