Could Solar Panels Be The Future Of Roofing Services in Northern Texas?

Whether you want to help the planet or just save on your electric bill, solar panels on your roof is a game changer. The Texas sun doesn’t always have to be our enemy, we can make it work for us. On average, there are 227 sunny days in Sherman over the year, 22 more than the national average (according to So why not utilize that solar energy with solar panels for your home! With all sorts of options available to the average consumer now a days it can make the decision a difficult one. Do you install a whole new roof? Do you just add solar panels to your existing roof? Or do you go with a product of the future, such as the Tesla Solar Roof.

Installing a whole new roof with solar panels from a trusted roofing service in Sherman sounds daunting at first. According to Energysage, a solar panel system lasts 25 to 30 years. During that time the solar panels will net you plenty of savings of your electric bills. When replacing a roof and going solar, generally you have two options; solar shingles, which replace the roofing material themselves or standard rooftop solar. Each has its own positives and negatives. One positive both share however is tax breaks available such as the federal solar tax credit which allows for you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your taxes.

Let’s take a look at the different types of solar panels that can provide these benefits:

Solar Shingles

Solar shingles, which are available from companies like Tesla, replace the traditional roofing material and just become your roof. You must replace your roof with a mix of Tesla’s non-solar glass tiles and solar-enabled glass tiles. They are generally more attractive to look at since they disguise the solar panel into what looks like a shingle. Though few contractors offer them as an option they also come with a high price tag (about $21.85 per square foot). On top of that solar shingles generally are less efficient than traditional panels meaning you would need a larger area of shingles to generate the same amount of electricity.  

Standard Rooftop Panels

Conventional solar panels are another option. They offer several benefits that solar shingles don’t offer. For one, they tend to have a much lower cost than solar shingles. They also have a higher output than a solar shingle which means a higher return on investment and you don’t need as many of them on your roof. They are also easier to install and can be installed on an existing roof which solar shingles cannot.  In case of problems they are also easier to fix since they are overlaid on top of your roof as opposed to being integrated into your roof. Another benefit from solar panels on your roof is that they help protect your roof from the harmful rays of the sun. SecureFutures determined that solar panels actually help cool off your roof as well by providing shade and ventilation from the hot summer sun. In a study researchers concluded that the solar panels on the roof of the building they analyzed reduced heat to the roof by 38%.

Whichever option you choose, solar energy is by no means going away anytime soon. Solar panels for your roof are a sound investment that adds value to your home and help reduce bills over time. If you want to learn more about your roof or recieve a free evaluation from a trusted provider of roofing services please visit our site to schedule a free evaluation with Covenant Roofing, your trusted DFW roofing supply.