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Exploring Solar Roofing: A Wise Decision for Florida Homes?
Residents of Florida shell out an average of $246 monthly on electricity, which totals an annual spend of $2,952. This yearly cost is 24% more than the national average electric bill of $2,376. With Florida’s ample sunshine, it’s only natural to ponder the potential of solar roofing. As experts in the roofing industry, Classic Roofing and Construction has an in-house team prepared to guide you through this decision. Let’s delve into the critical factors to consider for solar roofing.
Understanding Florida’s Electricity Landscape
Taking a long-term view, some vital points to note about Florida’s electricity scenario include:
- Over the coming quarter-century, Florida residents will pay an average total of $76,400 for electricity. This considerable sum is often seen by homeowners as a valuable asset better placed in their investment portfolio.
- The installation of a solar system can significantly reduce electricity costs for Florida residents.
- On average, the cost of installing a solar system is recouped within 9.74 years.
- Once paid for, solar system owners usually have minimal or no electricity bills and could even earn by selling surplus energy back to the grid.
- The cost of electricity in Florida has been rising by 4% annually on average.
- Implementing solar power can increase the resale value of a home by 4 to 6 percent.
- Current homeowners with solar are eligible for federal and state tax credits.
If you’re a homeowner in Pinellas County, including St. Petersburg, Fort Meyers, Tampa, and Clearwater, you might be pondering the switch to solar to leverage the area’s average of 248 sunny days each year.
Is Your House Suited for Solar Roofing?
One of the first questions that may arise is: Is your house suitable for solar roofing? Each home is unique, but most houses in Pinellas County are excellent candidates for solar energy. If your house is part of a homeowners’ association, it is essential first to check their bylaws for any restrictions on solar systems.
Even if your roof is shaded by trees or taller structures nearby, this doesn’t necessarily mean that solar isn’t a feasible option. Strategies such as micro-inverters or power optimizers can overcome issues associated with a shaded roof.
South-facing roofs are ideal for maximizing the use of Florida’s sunny days, but east- and west-facing roofs can also accommodate solar panels. If your roof’s structure primarily faces north, however, it may not be a suitable candidate.
Classic Roofing and Construction can assess your home’s location and solar potential as part of our complimentary roofing estimate. The geographical positioning of your solar panels will influence the capacity of your solar system – the more direct sunlight the panels receive, the more energy your system will generate.
Solar Roofing: Aesthetically Pleasing and High-Performing
Most homeowners are pleasantly surprised by the visual appeal and performance of modern solar systems. Classic Roofing and Construction offer two types of solar systems from GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. These roofing options have been recognized for their superior architectural design and performance.
- Roof Integrated Solar Panels: Known as DecoTech, this sophisticated, low-profile system integrates seamlessly with your roof during the re-roofing process. It works harmoniously with the surrounding shingles to offer enduring protection for your home.
- Solar Shingles: GAF’s Timberline Solar shingle, the first nail-able solar shingle on the market, redefines simplicity and sophistication in solar technology. This advanced product has garnered numerous industry awards.
Outshining Traditional Solar Panels
While conventional rack-mounted solar systems are prone to becoming a home for pests, causing potential harm over time, the solar roofing systems provided by Classic Roofing are fully integrated into your roof. This integration provides a sleek, waterproof, and low-profile look, adding elegance to your property without the bulky appearance of standard panels.
Moreover, the integrated roofing systems don’t impose wind loads on your structure like traditional solar panels. More importantly, these high-performance products offer best-in-class, award-winning energy output for optimal solar power collection and delivery, ensuring strength and stability for years of worry-free energy production.
These innovative products also feature robust surfaces with no exposed wires or fasteners. The integrated technology continually monitors electrical power output, ensuring the roof provides maximum solar efficiency.
Gaining Recognition for Innovation
GAF’s Timberline Solar shingle has won acclaim from construction industry associations and experts, including the “Most Innovative Construction Tool” at a recent International Builders Show (IBS).
What particularly caught the eye at the IBS was Timberline Solar’s warranty. With this revolutionary solar roofing system, both the roofing and solar elements are covered by the same warranty, providing homeowners with more robust protection—both physically and financially. Some other awards include:
- CES Best of Innovation, Smart Cities
- CES Innovation Award Honoree, Smart Cities
- CES Innovation Award Honoree, Smart Home
- CTA Mark of Excellence Award – Emerging Home Technology of the Year, Smart Home Division
- Showstoppers Innovation Award
- CES Techlicious Top Pick
- Green Builder Sustainable Home Award (Honorable Mention)
- VentureBeat The DeanBeat: The Best of CES 2022
- Good Housekeeping Editor’s Choice for CES 2022
- Digital Trends’ Tech For Change CES 2022 Awards
Why Choose Classic Roofing & Construction for Your Solar Roofing Needs?
Classic Roofing & Construction stands out as one of the two companies in Pinellas County offering the most advanced solar systems in the market. Our expert, certified team has installed solar systems for thousands of homeowners in Pinellas County over the last 20 years. When you choose Classic, you can look forward to the following benefits:
- Prompt and free estimates.
- Reliable loan services.
- A simple financing application process with immediate funding available through our partnerships with GreenSky and Mosaic.
- An in-house team of craftsmen, all certified by GAF Roofing Academy in solar installation.
- The best industry warranties on materials and workmanship.
- Our 100% Happiness Guarantee.
Seize the Opportunity to Save with Solar Roofing
Current net metering programs and tax incentives may not last forever. Thus, to maximize the benefits of solar roofing, making the move in 2023 is advisable. Besides acquiring a new roof, you’ll enjoy free energy to power your home, possibly even your vehicle if you’re embracing a greener lifestyle.
Another benefit of opting for solar roofing is the unified project design, warranty, and building materials and labor. Over time, your new roof may pay for itself as it produces clean energy, reducing your monthly electric bills.
If you’re ready to explore this exciting opportunity, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or schedule a free estimate online.