Whenever you take a drive through your neighborhood, you are seeing more and more solar panels. With New Jersey electricity prices being some of the highest in the nation, it is easy to see why so many of your neighbors are making the switch. Unfortunately, one of the biggest holdups with solar panels for many people is the appearance. Many homeowners detest the boxy panels, especially if the front of their home is southern facing. If that is your hold up, then the merger between Tesla Motors and SolarCity might be of interest. Tesla has announced a new product, the innovative solar roofing tile. Its slick glass design will make any home look amazing. Before you go out and purchase the new solar tile, your friends at Team Electric Plumbing & Air want to give you the information you need so you can make an educated decision.
Pros and Cons of the Tesla Solar Glass Tile
There are pros and cons to every decision. To keep you informed and up to date, Team Electric Plumbing & Air has compiled the most current information about the new roofing system.
Durability: The glass of the roofing tiles are made from quartz. They are extremely durable, so much so that Tesla is guaranteeing their solar roof tiles for life. You can stand on them without any problem and Mother Nature can through all sorts of hail at it without any effect. That means that once you install a Tesla solar glass tiles, you won’t ever need to replace your roof.
Efficiency: Everyone knows that solar panels decrease in efficiency overtime. Tesla has reported that since they use quartz glass to shield their solar tiles, the efficiency drop for the photovoltaic shingle will be minimal.
Appearance: Unlike the current boxy panel systems, the Tesla Solar glass tile sits on your roof. It comes in a variety of colors. You can go with the reddish Tuscan glass tile, the rock-like slate glass tile, the textured glass tile, or the smooth glass tile. No one will be able to tell you have solar shingles powering your home.
Cost: The overall cost for the new roofing system is its biggest drawback. The current price per square foot sits at a whopping $21.85. That means if your roof is 1,600 square feet you will be paying more than $34,000. Remember though, that is only the cost of material, so add in labor and you might begin to wonder what happened to your life savings. In contrast, asphalt shingles are $4 to $7 dollars per square foot.
Replacement: While the Tesla solar roof tile might claim high efficiencies, and have a lifetime guarantee, if the panels drop below the efficiencies you need for your total power, you will be looking at an expensive roof that doesn’t supply the power levels you need.
Is it Beneficial to Switch to Solar?
Whether you are thinking about Tesla Solar Glass Tiles, or standard solar panels, you might wonder if it is worth the switch. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t the same for everyone. Having solar be viable depends on your roof, the amount of shading, and the location of your home. One thing is certain; electricity rates in New Jersey are among the highest in the nation. This trend is pushing more and more people toward alternative energy solutions. As improvements and new innovations to solar energy are made, the cost will decrease and more and more homeowners will be willing to make the switch. If you decide to switch to solar, Team Electric Plumbing & Air can make certain it is installed the right way the first time. When it comes to electricity and electricians we are your, local experts.