When you think of solar roofs, you probably think of big, bulky solar panels. Less than a decade ago, that was your only option. But as technology advances, solar roofing becomes easier to execute and more affordable than ever. At MHI Roofing, we’re on the cutting edge of solar roofing technology to offer Morgantown homeowners the chance at revolutionary energy and money-saving roofing. Here are some pros and cons to consider if you think solar roofing might be right for you.
Pros of Solar Roofing
Return on Investment
Energy experts have provided a rough blueprint for the typical return on investment (ROI) of solar panels and solar energy. Typical is eight years for the “break-even” point, after which you are pocketing pure profit with your solar roofing.
Counteract Rising Utility Prices
Rising electricity production costs throughout the southeast can be offset by having your own power plant on your Morgantown home. Once installed, the solar roofing returns value every day, year after year.
Renewable, Clean, Efficient Energy
With every kiloWatt of power, you remove from fossil fuel production and generate with solar, you help save our little spaceship Earth. Fossil fuels are not renewable. Once extracted and converted to heat, electricity, or another form of energy, they are gone. Solar power, by contrast, is abundant, free, and clean. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or prefer nearly free energy, solar roofing is a wise choice.
Added Home Value and Curb Appeal
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says every dollar of savings from solar energy adds $20 in home value. If your solar roofing saves $200 in lower energy bills, that is $4,000 in added home value. Solar roofing has a modern, clean design that many homebuyers find very attractive. This adds curb appeal to your home when properly installed and maintained.
Say you have a beautiful vacation home up at the heights of West Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. You have no chance of getting power lines run to your property. Go solar! Stay off the grid, keep your environment clean, and depend on no one for your energy needs.
Solar Roofing is Quiet
Solar panels barely hum, so there is much less chatter, bang, or crackle like high power lines or standby generators. You can hear yourself think, listen to the birdsongs, and enjoy a peaceful evening on your patio, screened-in porch, or deck. If you are considering a choice between a wind turbine and solar roofing, take the noise into account. The reason most wind farms are remote is partly because of their noise. Solar roofing, by contrast, has no moving parts.
Cons of Solar Roofing
Panels Cost Major Coin
Energy experts peg a West Virginia 10 kiloWatt system at around $15,400 to $21,420. This may be pricey for some, yet flush-mounted solar roofing technology that supplants — instead of sitting on — shingle roofing, can bring down costs.
Not Suitable For Everyone
Due to local conditions, microclimates, and even house orientation, solar roofing may not be for everyone. With solar roofing pros and cons, this is least likely to be an issue for Morgantown homeowners, simply because access to consistent sunlight over the course of a year is not an issue in West Virginia.
Solar Roofing Installers
When you do your internet search for “Solar and roofing companies near me,” how do you handle the infamous “no results” response? Finding competent and reliable, local solar roofing installers can be difficult. Fortunately, MHI Roofing satisfies all the requirements:
- Local business
- Solar roofing installer
- Renowned roofer
With the increase in the popularity of solar energy, many companies are trying to jump onto the bandwagon. Be careful; not every roofer is a solar roofer, and not every solar power company is a roofer. When you turn to MHI Roofing in Morgantown area, you get the double strength of an experienced roofer with solar energy expertise. (Why Metal Roofs is the best for Solar Panels?)
Storing solar energy has always been a weak point in the system. Battery technology has not kept pace with production technology. We can efficiently produce plenty of electricity. If not used by your home, you can sell it back to your utility, but you may have a lot of trouble “storing it” for use at night and on overcast days.
When looking for solar roofing, look to MHI Roofing. When you contact us, we can provide accurate, helpful information on solar roofing, specific products, and the economics of going green with sunlight.