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Solar Roof Panel Types: A Florida Homeowner’s Guide

In the Sunshine State, harnessing solar power isn’t just a trend–it’s a smart investment. With abundant sunshine year-round, Florida residents are increasingly turning to solar energy to power their homes. But which solar roof panels offer the best value for your home?

Classic Roofing and Construction has been installing solar roof panels in Florida for more than two decades. That kind of experience gives us unbeatable insight into the best solar roof panels. Now, let’s talk about which solar roofing panels can give you the best value for your investment in your home!

The Most Popular Types of Solar Roof Panels in Florida

The Most Popular Types of Solar Roof Panels in Florida

Many people are surprised to find that solar roof panels come in different types and not just in different brands. But understanding these differences between the types of solar roofing systems can go a long way in helping you pick the best panel for your home.

To make sure you’re informed, let’s talk about the different solar roof panels that you can choose from!


Monocrystalline Panels

Most homes in Florida with solar roofing use monocrystalline panels. Thanks to the silicone used in manufacturing these panels, their energy efficiency rates are all but impossible to beat. As a result of this efficiency, monocrystalline panels can be extremely compact. This minimizes the space that they take up on your roof, which makes them great for structures with smaller roofs.

There is one downside to monocrystalline panels, however: the price. While we can’t give exact price quotes without knowing the specifics of your roof, we can say that monocrystalline panels are among some of the most expensive solar roof panels on the market. But for many homeowners, they still make sense as a long-term investment!

Polycrystalline Panels

Polycrystalline solar roof panels are made from different types of silicon, unlike monocrystalline panels. As a result, they are slightly less efficient than monocrystalline panels. However, while these panels are slightly larger and less efficient, they can still make for a good investment in your property.

For one thing, they don’t cost as much as monocrystalline panels. This is thanks to a simplified, streamlined production process that keeps solar manufacturing costs low. So if you can’t afford the higher up-front investment of monocrystalline panels, polycrystalline panels could be the perfect alternative.

This is especially true if your home has a larger roof since polycrystalline panels tend to be larger and take up more space. And with the year-round sunshine that Florida gets, you can still expect your polycrystalline solar roof panels to create significant energy savings!

Amorphous Solar Panels

Most solar panels are made with multiple layers, but amorphous solar panels use a single layer of noncrystalline silicon. This makes them lightweight and flexible, which allows them to be more easily installed on unique structures. However, it’s important to note that the thin composition does reduce their energy efficiency.

That said, their thin composition also helps them resist damage from extreme heat exposure. And if you’ve lived through a Florida summer, then you know that the local climate can be brutal. By investing in amorphous solar panels, many homeowners avoid the worst effects of sun damage to solar panels over time.

Bifacial Panels

If you want to maximize your solar roof panels’ efficiency, bifacial panels could be what you’re looking for. These unique panels are able to capture and store light from both the back and front of the panel. This reduces the amount of light that is reflected away and would otherwise be wasted by other types of solar roof panels.

Since they can absorb light from both sides, bifacial panels pair well with white roofs and other reflective roof materials. In this way, bifacial panels utilize solar energy that would otherwise be wasted, making them ideal for homeowners who are committed to energy efficiency and lower energy bills.

The Value of Professional Solar Roof Panel Installation

The Value of Professional Solar Roof Panel Installation

Once you’ve decided on a type of solar roof panel, installation is the next step. And if cost is a concern, the idea of DIY solar panel installation can be tempting. But we’ve been doing this long enough to know that the reality of DIY solar roofing is a lot less appealing.

One important factor is the inherent danger. Working on a roof always comes with the risk of falling, especially if you don’t have experience navigating a roof. But things are even more dangerous with solar roof panel installation since you’re working with the electrical system and run the risk of injuring yourself.

And safety isn’t the only issue. Any issue with installation could, at best, mean that your solar roof panels don’t work as efficiently as they should. In the worst case, you could accidentally put too much pressure on a certain part of your roof and cause serious structural damage. If this happens, you could need a total roof replacement to fix the damage.

Even in the best case where everything goes well and nobody is injured, DIY solar roof panel installation is still not the best option. Why? Because unlike professional roofing contractors, you will not be able to secure a warranty from the panel manufacturer. This means that as your roof ages, you will be on the hook for any damage to your new solar panels.

For all of these reasons, we strongly encourage homeowners to choose qualified contractors to handle their solar panel installation. And at Classic, we know that we’ve got some of the best roofing professionals in the state on our crews.

Free Estimates for Solar Roofing in Florida

When you’re ready to get new solar roof panels, we’ll be ready to help. At Classic, we make it easy to get your free estimate for solar panels. All you have to do is schedule your free estimate online! Once you’re scheduled, we’ll take it from there and walk you through our direct, easy solar panel installation process.

Give Classic a chance to earn your business with our free, no-obligation estimates. With more than 20 years of local experience and hundreds of five-star reviews, we know that we’re the right local roofing contractors for your needs!


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