Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and co-chairman of SolarCity, is turning his entrepreneurial attention to the solar panel industry.
According to Fortune, roofing is increasingly available already integrated with solar panels. Homes that use solar panels can actually save an average of $84 per month on electricity expenses. Experienced general contractors can install these solar-powered roofs to your home and can also offer experienced roof repair. Not dealing with residential property? Contact commercial roofers who offer commercial construction services.
“It’s a solar roof, as opposed to a module on a roof,” said Musk. “It’s not a thing on a roof, it’s the roof. It’s something that will be a standout.”
Every year in the U.S., there are more than five million new roofs purchased. Solar roofing is gaining popularity over the last few years because of their environmental benefits, simple design and look, and simply because they save people money on their electricity bills.
Solar energy is great not only because it’s sustainable, but it’s also renewable. Creating solar energy only requires a little bit of effort and maintenance once the solar panels are installed on your roof. Aside from saving plenty of cash of energy bills, there are a few other benefits of having a solar-powered home.
- Increased Home Value — Homes always need new roofing, usually after 15 to 25 years, and if your home is already equipped with a solar-powered roof, you have the advantage of having an attractive home if you ever plan on selling. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, homes with solar panel roofs actually sell 20% faster than those without.
- Environmental Benefits — Although the financial benefits are great, the most important advantage of going solar is the environmental benefit. The U.S. emits a significant amount of carbon dioxide, second only to China. Solar panels can lower overall carbon footprints tremendously.
- Excellent Performance — Solar panels typically include a 20- to 25-year warranty and usually comes with 80% guaranteed performance. Your panels will effectively work for years after that time, however, so the lifespan of a roof can be longer than most, although it might not function at the best efficiency level.
General contractors can assist you with any residential or commercial construction projects and can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. If you want roofing assistance, contact Green Form today to speak with their general contractors.