Solar Shingles FAQs


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Solar shingles are a relatively new technology, causing some confusion among Houston homeowners. So, our solar shingle FAQs help clear up the questions and help you get informed.

What Are Solar Shingles?

Solar shingles are made of thin photovoltaic (PV) sheets. They can either be installed over top of your existing shingles or replace the ones you already have. By absorbing sunlight, they convert energy into electricity, which can help lower your electric bills and carbon footprint.

What’s The Difference Between Solar Shingles And Solar Panels?

The main difference between solar shingles and solar panels is the seamless, waterproof installation solar shingles allow. Solar shingles integrate with your roof to replicate traditional asphalt shingle installation and give you the same reliable results.

Most solar panels are rack-mounted and require specialized installation techniques that can puncture your roof. This can compromise your roof’s waterproofing and structural integrity, leading to leaks and quicker deterioration.

Also, because our GAF Timberline solar shingles are smaller and more flexible than solar panels, we can install them on odd-shaped roofs.

How Much Do Your Solar Shingles Cost?

Our solar shingles are designed to be affordable for Houston homeowners yet competitive with solar panels. We consider various factors when pricing your solar shingles, such as roof size and slope, shading of the roof, and the amount of sunlight your roof sees throughout the day.

Are Solar Shingles As Energy Efficient As Solar Panels?

Since each roof’s geometry is different, comparing the energy efficiency of shingles vs. panels is nearly impossible. However, our solar shingles are designed so uniquely and flexibly that it’s possible to pack more kW (power measurement) per roof than standard rack-mounted solar panels. This, in turn, gives you more energy efficiency.

How Long Do Solar Shingles Last?

Our GAF Timberline solar shingles are built to last just as long as our average asphalt shingle roofs, roughly 25-30 years. Unlike some solar panels, our solar shingles are tested for durability against the harshest weather conditions.

What Is The Warranty Like On Your Solar Shingles?

When installed by our GAF Master Elite roofing contractors, your solar shingles are protected by one of the industry’s best warranties.

With our solid warranty, your solar shingles receive the following coverages:

  • 25 years against manufacturing defects that cause leaks
  • 15 years against wind damage caused by winds up to 130 mph
  • 25 years for Solar Power Output

How Do I Maintain My Solar Shingles?

Designed to require virtually NO maintenance, homeowners may need to occasionally rinse their solar shingles of dirt or debris. That’s it!

How Do I Monitor My Energy Production?

Our customers can easily monitor energy output from their solar shingles and track their clean energy production by simply accessing the GAF Energy customer portal. GAF’s energy portal monitors your solar roof data and lets you view your savings and detect any issues.

Why Should I Choose Houston Roofing To Install My Solar Shingles?

As GAF Master Elite certified roofers, we’ve already achieved the highest certification from the country’s largest roofing manufacturer. We’ve shown outstanding excellence in roofing knowledge, demonstrated superior installation skills, and continue to meet rigorous customer satisfaction requirements.

Do You Offer Financing For Your Solar Shingles?

Yes, we offer flexible and affordable financing options for our roofing customers. Plus, our financing approval process is fast and simple, letting you start your solar shingle project as soon as possible!

Which Areas Around Houston, Texas Do You Service?

In addition to Houston, we also service surrounding areas, including Baytown, Brookshire, Cinco Ranch, Cypress, Humble, Katy, Pasadena, Sugarland, and more.

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