Solar Shingles vs. Solar Panels: Which is right for your roof?


Solar Shingles vs. Solar Panels: Which is right for your roof?

New roofing products in the form of solar shingles are now on the market from two different industries:  technology companies and asphalt roofing manufacturers.

The pros of solar shingles:

The most obvious benefit to solar shingles is simply aesthetics: they look more like a traditional roof. If you need to replace your roof anyway, they may be your short-term, cost-effective solution. But wait. There are drawbacks to this quick (or more likely) not-so-quick solution. 

The cons of solar shingles:

The roofing tiles (shingles) offered by the technology companies are relatively expensive and require expert installation. These companies struggle to install these roofs on a suitable timeline for homeowners between material labor shortages. 

Asphalt roofing manufacturers rely on solar shingles installed on an asphalt base, which won’t last, at the least, for more than 15 years (from the time of its original installation) and will contribute to additional landfills. 

Which of the two solar shingle options is better? Neither. 

  • Both of these solar solutions have limited testing for longevity and performance.
  • Both have a lower conversion efficiency than mounted solar panels.

What’s a homeowner who wants an energy-producing roof to do?

How about dealing with a professional roofing company that works with solar energy professionals for the best of both? The result? 

You gain energy savings and production from a McCarthy metal roof with solar panels. 

Each of our roofing styles provides a base for solar panels that will perform through multiple solar panel installations. This combination lasts longer, offers 2 sources of energy savings, and returns your investment sooner.

And who knows what the future will bring? No matter what, your  McCarthy Metal Roof will last a lifetime and be ready for the next energy innovations. 

Want to learn more about solar energy production and your roof? Don’t wait for the sun to shine. Contact us today for a free, professional roofing consultation.