Solar energy can not only provide immediate saving on your energy bill, but installing solar panels and/or solar skylights can actually increase the value of your home. If you are thinking about installing a new roof, it might be a great time to also consider solar energy.

What do you need to know about solar panels?
Solar panels convert energy from the sun into usable electricity. This electricity is then used by your home and supplemented, as needed, from the electrical grid. If your panels provide excess electricity, it is sent into the grid, which will give you credits on your electric bill—essentially “storing” your electricity for future use.

How does solar panel installation work?
Most solar panels are installed on “racks”. These attach directly to your shingles using screws and nails. They are also raised above your roofline.

We offer our customers GAF DecoTech® solar panels. These panels actually install directly into the GAF roofing system—allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your roof without compromising the roof’s integrity or warranty. Installation of the panels happens at the same time as installation of your roof.

What do you need to know about solar skylights?

Solar skylights are powered by the sun, and require no wiring! They are easy to open and close using a remote (and many even come with the ability to control through your phone) and even offer the option of a rain sensor that will cause the skylight to close automatically in inclement weather. This means you never have to worry about leaving your skylight open again!

How does skylight installation work?
A solar skylight can replace an existing skylight, or be a new installation. When a skylight is installed, it is recommended that at least that facet of the roof be replaced. Otherwise, installation can void your roof warranty, and the cutting and manipulation of shingles can lead to leaks.

It is best to install a new skylight at the same time you are installing a new roof.

What do you need to know about solar rebates?
Currently, there are local, state, and federal rebates available to qualified solar buyers—this includes for solar panels AND for solar skylights. These rebates offer a percentage of the actual purchase price back to you when you file your taxes. Additionally, for many projects, the percentage back is based on not just the solar component of the project, but the entire project!

Many financing institutions are also supporting the purchase of solar energy—offering lower rates to solar purchasers and, often, the opportunity to make payments based on the loan amount minus the expected rebate amount from the very first payment—even before the rebate is received when your taxes are filed.

If you’re thinking about solar, Google Project Sunroof is a great place to start! It allows you to type in your address and determine if your roof is a good fit for solar panels (based on sunlight per year, roof square footage, etc).

Our Exterior Designers can also work with you to determine what would work best for your home, and your potential rebates and savings. Contact us anytime, 585-400-7663 or