You stand at the crossroads of the 21st century, turning away from environmentally questionable fuels and embracing clean, “green” solar energy. You are full of questions about solar roofing. Consider these five pros and five cons of solar.
1. Pro: Return on Investment
Energy Sage provides a rough blueprint for the typical return on investment (ROI) of solar panels and solar energy. Typical is eight years for the “break even” point, after which you are pocketing pure profit with your solar roofing.
2. Con: Panels Cost Major Coin
The same source, Energy Sage, pegs a Florida 10 kiloWatt system at around $15,400 to $21,420. This may be pricey for some, yet flush-mounted solar roofing technology that supplants — instead of sitting on — shingle roofing, can bring down costs.
3. Pro: Counteract Rising Utility Prices
Rising electricity production costs throughout the southeast, as reported by E & E News, can be offset by having your own power plant on your Florida home. Once installed, the solar roofing returns value every day, year after year.
4. Con: Not Suitable For Everyone
Due to local conditions, microclimates, even house orientation, solar roofing may not be for everyone. With solar roofing pros and cons, this one is least likely to be an issue for Florida homeowners, simply because of our state’s abundant sunlight. So much sunlight, in fact, that we are called The Sunshine State!
5. Pro: Renewable, Clean, Efficient Energy
With every kiloWatt of power you remove from fossil fuel production and generate with solar, you help save our little spaceship Earth. Fossil fuels are not renewable. Once extracted and converted to heat, electricity, or another form of energy, they are gone. Solar power, by contrast, is abundant, free, and clean.
Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or prefer nearly free energy, solar roofing is a wise choice.
6. Con: Solar Roofing Installers
When you do your internet search for “Solar and roofing companies near me,” how do you handle the infamous “no results” response from Google? Finding competent, reliable, local solar roofing installers can be difficult. Fortunately, Mark Kaufman Roofing satisfies all the requirements:
- Local business
- Solar roofing installer
- Renowned roofer
With the increase in popularity of solar energy, many companies are trying to jump onto the bandwagon. Be careful; not every roofer is a solar roofer, and not every solar power company is a roofer. When you turn to Mark Kaufman Roofing, you get the double strength of an experienced roofer with solar energy expertise.
7. Pro: Added Home Value and Curb Appeal
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says every dollar of savings from solar energy adds $20 in home value. If your solar roofing saves $200 in lower energy bills, that is $4,000 in added home value.
Solar roofing has a modern, clean design that many homebuyers find very attractive. This adds curb appeal to your home, when properly installed and maintained.
8. Con: Weather Dependent
Weather, along with unsuitable installation issues, is not generally a concern in sunshine-wealthy Florida. With dozens of consecutive sunny days, Florida seldom has to batten down to endure ice storms, snow, or extended periods of bleak weather.
Sperling’s Best Places tells us that Sarasota, for example, has 251 out of 365 sunny days a year. That is far above the 205 days that is the average for the entire country.
9. Pro: Off-Grid
Say you have a beautiful vacation home close to the remotest spot in Florida (which is Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness, says the BBC). You have no chance of getting power lines run to your property.
Go solar! Stay off the grid, keep your environment clean, and depend on no one for your energy needs.
10. Con: Batteries
Storing solar energy has always been a weak point in the system. Battery technology has not kept pace with production technology. We can efficiently produce plenty of electricity. If not used by your home, you can sell it back to your utility, but you may have a lot of trouble “storing it” for use at night and on overcast days.
Bonus Pro: Solar Roofing is Quiet
Solar panels barely hum, so there is much less chatter, bang, or crackle like high power lines or standby generators. You can hear yourself think, listen to the birdsongs, and enjoy a peaceful evening on your patio, screened-in porch, or deck.
ZME Science lays out this and many other reasons to consider solar roofing. If you are considering a choice between a wind turbine and solar roofing, take the noise into account. The reason most wind farms are remote is partly because of their noise. Solar roofing, by contrast, has no moving parts.
When looking for solar roofing, look to Mark Kaufman Roofing. When you contact us, we can provide accurate, helpful information on solar roofing, specific products, and the economics of going green with sunlight.