Orleans Roofing Specialists Ponder Price and Accessibility of Solar Shingles
It’s not unusual for people in any business to look ahead at trends in their industry and wonder what the future holds, and Ottawa roofers are no different. The rise of solar roofing solutions has been slow, happening in fits and starts. This isn’t helped by the fact that many people who stand to benefit from the continued usage of traditional, yet wasteful, power systems will do everything they can to convince people that solar power is inefficient—the irony being, if the innovation had not been blockaded, these systems would likely be more efficient and affordable today than they are. But the time has come, and solar roofs are on the horizon. Companies in the United States have been rolling out solar shingles state-by-state since 2012, and they have spread to Canada too. They are expensive now, but think about the future: in a few years it might be common to see, from Kanata to Orleans, roofing companies installing affordable solar shingles.
Photovoltaics refers to the science of converting solar energy into an electrical current. It used to be that for a photovoltaic system to be installed in a home, you would have to have a large, unsightly, and often ineffective solar panel mounted onto a rack on your roof. Good luck letting Ottawa roofers work on the shingles underneath! But today, the panels have been slimmed down and reduced in size, until finally, they have been made to resemble the size and shape of asphalt shingles. They’re even installed in the same manner—simply nailed to the roof. And you don’t need the entire roof to be made of photovoltaic shingles, either. Installing these shingles is costly now, but Orleans roofing companies predict a decrease as the manufacturing process becomes streamlined and demand increases.
Once they become mainstream enough that Ottawa roofers begin installing them en masse, you may get to experience the benefit of solar shingles yourself. Reduced emissions are only the beginning. Homes that have already shelled out on this emerging technology have experienced energy savings between 40 and 60 per cent. With grid-tied systems, if there is a deficit in power produced by the cells, it can be made up with power from the traditional grid. But surplus power can also be stored for emergencies or returned to the grid as well, further reducing energy costs. And these are just the current systems—by the time this technology becomes affordable to the average Canadian family, the savings and benefits may be even more. After all, it’s only by daring to dream of a brighter future that we can create one.
So keep an eye on this evolving technology. There may come a day, even sooner than you think, when you call up your Orleans roofing specialists to request new solar shingles. We’re excited to find out!