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Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...shingles are quartz based, which makes them more efficient and more durable. A wide product range mimics the look of terra cotta roof coverings, slate, a smooth glassy look and even something that looks a bit like normal shingles, so they have nailed the aesthetics for making them fit nicely into existing neighbourho...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...shingles Install price: $3.89 per Watt Product warranty: 11 years. Weather-performance warranty: 25 years. Certainteed Apollo solar shingles in review: Certainteed Apollo solar shingles make for an integrated solar roof mechanically if not aesthetically Certainteed solar roof shingles are installed ...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphalt shingles. High-embodied energy, rarely if ever recycled, they deteriorate rapidly with UV rays, emit solv...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your roof before heading to a landfill. A properly installed green roof has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles and will absorb and retain a large portion of storm water, which otherwise would end up in sewers needing to be treat...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...shingles to a landfill and buy new ones. That is why shingles are the single greatest ecological catastrophe of the home building industry, and probably the most expensive long-term roof covering when you consider the full life-cycle of a house. The Tesla Solar Roof powers your home but looks no different than othe...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...shingles: Solar roof shingles are a relatively uncommon photovoltaic panel system, and are much smaller and thinner than conventional PV panels. They are not as efficient as their larger counterparts, and with present designs, power generation capabilities tend to start dropping off after 10 years of so. Being made...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs. When snow melts on a roof it runs down until it meets the unheated bottom edge of a roof and then freezes. This chunk of ice is called an ice dam, and it can cause water to backup beneath shingles and Ice...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your roof before heading to a landfill. A properly installed green roof has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles and will absorb and retain a large portion of storm water, which otherwise would end up in sewers needing to be treated...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...shingles and the cost of cedar, you can expect to pay around $27 to $40 per square foot installed. Lifespan of cedar siding: In and around 50 years, much longer with treated shingles and proper installation. Note: In this writer's experience, a step that is often missed in the installation of cedar shakes is crea...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...shingles such as the Tesla Solar Roof may actually be the cheapest roofing material over the lifespan of a building when reduced energy costs are factored. What are RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates)? The primary objective of the renewable energy-generation market is, of course, to provide low-carbon energy to ru...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...shingles and metal flashings. Skylights and energy efficiency: Any way you slice it, the deck is stacked against skylights in terms of their energy performance . They will add a little bit of heat on sunny days in winter (with the right orientation and angle), but the heat they lose when the sun is down will far ou...