A decade ago, few homes relied on the free power generated from the sun to run appliances, lights, and other electrical needs. But today, the United States is developing enough solar to power an equivalent of 18 million homes, according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.
While the cost of solar panels has decreased dramatically, new technology has made it even easier for homeowners to have efficient, renewable power seamlessly integrated into their roofing system. Modern homeowners can install the world’s first nailable solar shingle. It’s called the Timberline Solar™ Energy Shingle (ES).
This award-winning product was launched by GAF Energy in early 2022, and it’s quickly becoming the most popular solar option throughout Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and beyond. With the sunny summer months ahead, now is an ideal time for homeowners to consider the benefits of installing a residential solar system.
Here are four smart reasons why a Timberline Solar™ roof is a worthwhile investment for a home:
1. Solar Shingles Will Add Value To Your Home
Timberline Solar™ is the only roofing system that integrates solar technology with the materials and process of a traditional roof. Solar panels are placed on top of the roof, which traditionally can be unsightly and hazardous in strong winds. These solar shingles produce energy and protect a home from the elements.
2. Solar Shingles Support American Jobs
One of the reasons why solar panels are so much cheaper than they were ten years ago is because most of them are made in China. That’s not the case with Timberline Solar ES™. These solar shingles are assembled domestically at the GAF Energy R&D and manufacturing facility in San Jose, California. This facility employs more than 130 people in manufacturing, research, and administrative functions.
3. Solar Shingles Are Surprisingly Affordable
The pricing of Timberline Solar™ varies depending on the size and slope of the roof and the shade that surrounds the home. But this product is designed to be affordable. Customers should compare the cost of a new roof plus the traditional, rack-mounted solar panels. It’s possible to install these solar shingles around other objects on a roof, such as a vent, chimney, or skylight. Smaller roofs can accommodate this technology, too.
All that’s needed is direct access to the sun. If a roof is lightly shaded, it may work as well. The design is flexible enough to install them in places on the roof that are more likely to get adequate sunlight.
4. Solar Shingles Will Save Money In The Long-Term — And Reduce The Carbon Footprint
Electricity is only getting more expensive. To determine how much can be saved on a monthly electric bill, some math is required. On average, the current cost of electricity in the United States is 12.75 cents per kilowatt-hour. Look at your monthly bills to see what your household is spending, and then consider the fact that utility companies typically increase rates every year. The longer a family stays in a house with solar, the more cost-saving benefits they’ll see.
Learn More About Timberline Solar
Timberline Solar™ shingles are now available in Delmarva exclusively from Spicer Bros. Construction. Contact us today to learn how we can help you add solar shingles to your home.