More people, especially home– and business owners, are beginning to see the real benefits of a solar panel installation. Its main benefits are, of course, quite obvious because it can allow you to save money with a decrease in your energy consumption from the grid. It can also let you earn money through the Smart Export Guarantee with what you sell back to the grid. Apart from this, everyone knows how solar panel systems can help decrease your carbon footprint because you are, after all, making use of sustainable, renewable energy. You have different choices as well in regards to the actual solar panels you use. This brings us to in-roof or integrated solar panels. If you are interested in these types of panels, here’s everything you should know and their advantages.
What are integrated solar panels?
First of all, what are integrated or in-roof solar panels, and what makes them different from standard or traditional solar panels? Well, rather than sitting on top of roof-like standard solar panels, integrated or in-roof solar panels will sit flush with your roofing system and will replace a portion of your roof. This makes them a convenient option for new builds and roof replacement projects.
What are their advantages?
- A more cohesive, aesthetically appealing design. In roof solar panels offer a more cohesive, aesthetically appealing design because they are part of the actual roof of your home. They will look more like a part of your roof structure and not just added on as an afterthought, which is typical with traditional panels. They will sit flush with the surface of your roof, making your roof look more streamlined.
- Better safety. Another advantage of in-roof solar panels is that they can provide you with better safety. Integrated solar panels or tiles have better performance than traditional panels in terms of resistance to wind and other elements, which helps ensure that your system will meet any relevant requirements for building and construction. The installer will fix an integrated solar panel system to the battens and rafters, so there will be no spaces or gaps where the wind can get through. This also makes them a lot more secure compared to traditional panels.
- Easier maintenance. Since integrated solar panels have no spaces or any visible fixtures underneath, debris has no chance to build up, and you can be sure that the finished system will not only look good but last for a long time. Furthermore, you don’t have to disassemble the system if you need to carry out roof repairs or maintenance.
Cheaper and faster to install. One of the greatest advantages of integrated solar panels is that they are cheaper and faster to install than traditional solar panels. Many of these systems have been designed to be quickly fitted and come with a modular design and format along with push-fit panels. You can arrange the tiles or panels in various configurations, and since the panels themselves will be your roof covering, you don’t need as many tiles for your roof, which helps speed up the time of installation and reduce your costs as well.