Roofs have stayed more or less the same for decades, with little to no advancements in their functionality or look, aside from some color and material additions. All that is about to change though with these latest roofing technologies that are coming into the market. With a demand for greener options, more natural light, customization and better quality, the industry has adapted and provided. We wanted to highlight some of the latest roofing technologies we’re seeing in 2018.
Just a few years ago a solar roof was either completely out of the question, or astronomically expensive. Now, with the demand for green energy and conservation higher than ever, it’s never been easier to get a solar roof. Your options in solar energy have expanded as well, with different types of technology and aesthetics available.
- Solar Shingles
Dow Chemical has a line of solar-integrated rooftop shingles available that are sleek and look like shingles, rather than clunky slats on your roof. These shingles are plastic-coated Powerhouse shingles, and they can convert 13% of the sun’s energy into electricity.
Most thin-film solar cells have a conversion rate of only 11%. The shingles do come at higher cost, at around $10,000 for 250 shingles which would cover around 1,000 square feet. Promising to pay for themselves within a decade, this product is a leader in solar shingle roofing.
- Power Tiles
SRS Energy launched a product called Solé Power Tiles, that promised to make installation a breeze, a great perk for roofing contractors, and a money-saver for you. These tiles are designed to mimic the shape of classic southern style homes in the Spanish colonial aesthetic.
Similar to interlocking mission-style clay or cement shingles, these solar tiles can be easily integrated into roofs with a similar existing aesthetic. With flexibility of similar design, homeowners can choose how many existing tiles to replace with solar ones, allowing them to make the change gradually over time, rather than all at once.
- Glass Solar Heat Shingles
Sweden-based SolTech Energy has created a glass tile that brings the best of both worlds together. These translucent mission tiles give the illusion of a roof tiled with ice, shimmering and stunning. These glass tiles capture heat from the sun, and then use it to warm air beneath the tiles.
This warm air is then used to heat water and warm the house in the wintertime. Depending on weather conditions and the angle of the roof, these tiles are said to be able to produce 350 kWh of heat per square meter.
- Solar Roof Systems
SunTegra has created a new roof technology that is actually part of the roof, rather than just sitting on top of it, like most shingles. Beating out Elon Musk’s plan to do just this, SunTegra’s Solar Roof Systems is the first of its kind.