ver the past few years, solar power has gained immense popularity as a reliable renewable energy source. However, many homeowners are often hesitant to install photovoltaic (PV) panels due to aesthetic reasons. Solar roofing systems have emerged as viable alternatives to solve this issue. In this article, we will focus on CertainTeed solar shingles, which offer a perfect combination of affordability and style.
Integrated solar roof systems – a sleek alternative to solar panels
Before we proceed any further, let's get acquainted with the concept of solar shingles and tiles. As a type of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), these PV systems are ingeniously incorporated into the building envelope and become an integral part of the roof. In other words, this technology allows you to turn your roof into a mini solar farm. These tiles look just like regular asphalt tiles but are actually made of PV cells that convert sunlight into electricity. And while their efficiency is still lower than traditional solar panels, they offer a perfect solution for homeowners who want to harness the sun’s power while preserving their home's aesthetic appeal.
CertainTeed solar shingles: An overview
The company offers two solar choices: the Apollo II and the Apollo Tile II. These options have identical power output, with 14 photovoltaic cells producing a total of 60 watts. The Apollo II system is made to blend in with asphalt shingle roofs, while the Apollo Tile II system is designed to fit with concrete tile roofs.
Efficiency and durability
Most solar roofing manufacturers do not match the efficiency levels demonstrated by CertainTeed solar shingles, which rely on high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells. Apollo has a 17.2% efficiency rating, while Apollo Tile 11 boasts an efficiency rating of 17.8%.
Additionally, this solar roofing is considered very durable. While light in weight, it is robust enough to support up to 250 lbs. per square foot and is resistant to water and fire. These systems are suitable for installation in any wind zone, including the high-velocity hurricane zone in Florida.
The installation of Apollo solar systems is simple since they utilize the same method as traditional asphalt and concrete tiles. Your installer will fasten the tiles to the roof's sheathing with standard deck screws, which speeds up the process and makes it more uncomplicated than installing more intricate solar roofing solutions offered by other companies.
If your top priority is having a solar power system that's truly invisible, your best bet may be Tesla's solar roof, which includes PV cells that can't be seen from the ground. But still, CertainTeed solar shingles are incorporated into the roof rather than laid on top of it, giving them a less conspicuous look than standard solar panels.
Solar panels can be damaged by severe weather, debris, and improper installation, leading to reduced efficiency and the need for repairs or replacement.
Price evaluation compared to other solar options
Typically priced between $6.40 and $8.00 per watt, Apollo II is considered a mid-range option for solar roof products. In comparison, SunTegra offerings are slightly cheaper (ranging from $5.70 to $6.40 per watt), and Tesla Solar Tiles are significantly more expensive (costing between $11.77 and $15.40 per watt).
Solar warranty details
The warranties offered for the Apollo systems are 25 years for installation and workmanship, 10 years for inverter and other components, and 25 years for power output. These are generally in line with other warranties offered in the solar industry.