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Exploring Solar Energy Options For Florida Homes

Published: 09/22/2023

Solar roofs in Sarasota

Residents of the Sunshine State enjoy abundant sunshine year-round, making Florida the ideal location for harnessing solar energy. As an increasing percentage of homeowners throughout the state seek sustainable and cost-effective ways to power their homes, a wide variety of solar options have emerged. In this article, we'll explore the different solar solutions available for Florida homes and provide insights regarding the pros and cons of each option.

Solar Energy Systems

Traditional Solar Panels

The most familiar residential solar option provides several advantages:

  • Proven technology with a long track record
  • Efficiency in converting sunlight into electricity
  • Scalable to meet specific energy needs
  • Multiple financing and incentive options available

However, there are also a few drawbacks:

  • Bulky and can compromise curb appeal
  • Installation can be time-consuming
  • Maintenance required to ensure optimal performance
  • Requires huge bolts to be drilled through all layers of roof into the home’s structure

Solar Roof Tiles

Solar roof tiles are a relatively new development, and have gained modest popularity due to the following characteristics:

  • Can provide enhanced curb appeal, as tiles blend in with many roofing materials
  • Durability and weather resistance
  • Efficient solar energy generation

It’s important to note that these tiles:

  • Have a much higher initial cost than traditional panels
  • Require specialized installers
  • May have lower efficiency compared to traditional panels

Solar Energy Shingles:

solar shingles

A newer, innovative product that is rapidly gaining market share, solar energy shingles by GAF Energy easily provide the most benefits, which include:

  • Exceptional aesthetics, blending seamlessly with traditional roofing materials
  • High energy efficiency and power generation
  • Durable and weather-resistant Easy installation, reducing labor costs
  • No visible solar panels, maintaining curb appeal
  • Compatible with battery storage systems

As this product is still pretty new, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Initial cost may be higher than traditional panels
  • Limited color and style options
  • Potential for shading issues in certain roof configurations

Our Recommendation

GAF Energy Timberline Solar Energy Shingles

GAF Energy Timberline Solar Energy Shingles are a cutting-edge hybrid shingle™ that seamlessly integrates with your roof, offering both energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. These solar shingles are designed to lay flush and look like traditional roofing materials while efficiently harnessing the power of the sun.

The main reasons cited by homeowners for choosing GAF Energy Timberline Solar Energy Shingles include the product’s efficiency, aesthetics and durability. Furthermore, a number of homeowners in the Sarasota/Manatee area cite the fast expert installation by the roofers at AKVM Roofing.

In sunny Florida, homeowners more solar options than ever to choose from, each with its own set of pros and cons. However, for those seeking the perfect combination of energy efficiency, aesthetics, and durability, GAF Energy Timberline Solar Energy Shingles are the standout choice. When selecting this remarkable solar solution, entrust the installation to AKVM Roofing for a roof that pays you back™.

Contact us to schedule your free consultation: 941-727-3996