The roofing industry has seen several changes over the last few decades but the most common types of roofs we have over our heads haven’t seen any dramatic shifts in around 100 years. That could change for both roofing contractors and homeowners once Tesla and other alternative energy companies make a big push for more solar roofing applications. How the roofing industry will shape out remains to be seen but the next evolution in roofing has finally gotten off as Tesla’s Buffalo, New York-based factory recently began production on Tesla’s much-anticipated solar roofing tiles. The company has already started surveying the homes of the first orders and believe they will be installing the product on roofs in the next few months.
More About Tesla’s Solar Shingles
The majority of residentially-produced solar power in the US comes from solar panels. Many homeowners choose not to install panels on their home because they see the panels as ugly, or their homeowner’s association won’t allow it. Tesla’s solar shingles come in small panels of photovoltaic cells that much more easily blend into a roof’s natural shape and color. The shingles come with a warranty for the life of the house or “infinity, whichever comes first,” according to Tesla’s site.
According to Tesla, the shingles are expected to cost up to 15% less than new solar roof panel installation and unlike panels, can mimic the look, color, texture, and depth of traditional roofing materials like asphalt shingles or concrete tiles. Customers can currently order textured or smooth tile and will be able to order ‘Tuscan’ and slate-style shingles later in 2018. The first customers are required to put down a $1000 deposit for the roofing tiles.
Not only will the solar shingles cut down on pollution and residential energy bills, Tesla believes they can make the shingles profitable for the homeowner over an average thirty-year lifespan. Tesla ran the numbers of a typical Maryland suburban home and factoring in tax credits, energy bill reduction, and the roof’s ‘Powerwall’ battery, deduced that the roof could secure the homeowner a profit of $8000 over the roof’s lifetime.
Of course, solar energy does not create any pollutants and help reclaim space that would otherwise be unoccupied making them the environmentally-friendly option. Tesla hopes to have the shingles installed on as many homes as possible to both increase their bottom line and help reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. You can visit Tesla’s website for more information about the shingles or to place your order.