Roofing Recovery is more than a Florida roofing company. We are a team of contractors who make your home or commercial property energy efficient through a variety of professional home improvement services!
One of the best ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and save on your energy bill is solar power, and we can help!
Solar power is a sustainable energy source with a myriad of benefits that can:
Our tropical climate brings with it uninterrupted sunshine for an average of 237 days a year. By having Roofing Recovery install solar panels on your home or business, you can take advantage of all that sunshine and turn it into useful energy.
Don’t let all that sun go to waste! Without solar panels, the heat is raising your energy bill. By converting that power to electricity you can use, the sun works for you.
For a homeowner with an average monthly energy bill of $150 – $300 per month, installing solar panels can reduce your energy bill by up to 45 percent! That’s a savings of $810 to $1,620 annually.
But what type of solar panels are best for you? Let’s explore your options!
One of the most popular solar options today is solar shingle technology. Most of these “shingles” are applied over your existing roof and soak up light instead of letting it seep into the house. The Tesla solar shingle is one of few products that replace roofing material altogether and offer energy efficiency and premium protection all in one.
If you are interested in having solar shingles installed on your residential or commercial property, schedule a call back!
But if you aren’t sure yet, there are plenty of other options. Let’s consider the three types of solar panels and go over those now.
Solar panels come in hundreds of styles and sizes from an array of manufacturers but that’s a lot to soak in when you’re shopping. Instead of worrying about brands and a long list of products, it’s much easier to break them down by how they are made.
The most important material in all solar panels is silicon, a naturally occurring element used in most modern electronics. Silicon is present in every panel, but the way they are constructed are categorized by:
Each one generates electricity differently.
Why does this matter?
Simply put, the way these designs help to turn sunlight into power will affect your results. The panel you choose will alter the cost and efficiency of your project.
Evaluating how a solar panel is made offers a greater understanding of how it will benefit you. If you want to discover more about monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film, continue reading for a breakdown of each.
Monocrystalline panels are a premium product with a name that hints to its construction. Mono + crystalline is made from a single-crystal silicon. This complicates the manufacturing process and increases its price, but the benefits are worth it!
By having a single sheet of silicon wafer, the electrons are able to traverse the sheet with less resistance, increasing the efficiency of the panel. You can always recognize a monocrystalline panel by it’s uniform checkerboard appearance.
If mono-crystalline is too expensive for your budget, polycrystalline panels are an excellent choice. They are engineered with multiple smaller wafers that reduce the costs of manufacturing but also compromise the efficiency of their solar energy conversion.
This requires some physics to understand. The movement of electrons charges your solar battery with energy. The more freedom they have to move, the greater the charge from the same amount of light. Polycrystalline panels are smaller and therefore restrict electron movement by providing less space and less energy output per square inch.
This is a fantastic option if you want to save money and energy cost, especially if you’re on a budget. However, if you want a larger output of energy for your home or business, you will need more time in the sunshine or more panels to counterbalance the disadvantage of a polycrystalline design.
Unlike the previously discussed panels, thin-film solar panels are not made from mostly silicon. Thin-Film panels are made of one of four different elements:
Of the three types of panels, thin-film solar panels are not only cheaper to install, but also cost the least. The drawback is, they are about 35% – 25% less efficient at generating electricity.
If you have financial flexibility and want as much power as possible, mono-crystalline will always be your best choice.
But if you need to balance the initial cost with a quick return on investment from your energy savings, deciding what solar panel is right for you might not be that simple.
The good news is, your solution is only a phone call away! A professional from Roofing Recovery can help you today.
The type of panel best for your situation will rely on a few factors including:
Although the power grid in South Florida is highly dependable, occasional power outages are inevitable. During a severe storm or hurricane, power companies can take days to restore power. When you lack refrigeration, your food spoils. Without lights, you waste money on batteries or risk fire by lighting candles. If you have well water, you can’t even shower or flush the toilet without electricity!
Why suffer when you don’t have to? Take control of your energy and go green!
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