Solar Roofing: Energy Efficiency That's Well Worth the Cost

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A lot of households and enterprises are reluctant to get solar roofing due to the expenses involved. Nevertheless, its various benefits are worth the price. Just imagine how money much you can on your electric bill in the long run. Solar roofing can also be as strong and sturdy as other roofing materials. In the case of commercial roofing, it can help cut costs on the expenses from the revenue.

Many commercial buildings have bitumen flat roofs. These metal roofs are coated with bitumen or asphalt, a viscous black liquid that is a natural deposit or residue of petroleum. It is sometimes called pitch, although bitumen is specifically pitch derived from petroleum. (In contrast, pitch from plants is called resin or rosin.) Bitumen is an excellent waterproofing and insulation material.

Some commercial buildings have "built-up membrane" roofs, which are more commonly known as "tar and gravel" roofs because of their composition. Reinforced with about four plies of glass fiber mats with bitumen in between, the roof is laced with elastomeric coating and a layer of gravel. This sturdy and waterproof material is also safe for the environment.

However, those who opt for solar roofing for commercial uses are also aware that the rising price of fuel is largely rooted in the diminishing supply of fossil fuels. Solar companies and their affiliated roofers Concord residents trust do their part in conserving fossil fuel by developing alternative power generation techniques. Considering the overwhelming power of sunlight, it makes sense for both residential and commercial buildings to use solar roofing.

Since flat roofs bear little aesthetic value, commercial buildings are apt to use conventional solar panels over bitumen or built-up membrane roofs. Nowadays, modern solar roofing Concord CA buildings have are now utilizing photovoltaic cellular panels themselves as shingles. These "solar shingles" are made with substrates of glass, fiberglass, aluminum-silicon carbide (AlSiC), or a composite material made with copper and invar, a nickel steel alloy with the chemical structure FeNi36 or 64FeNi. The photovoltaic cells themselves are composed of thin-film copper indium gallium selenide (CuInxGa(1-x)Se2), cadmium telluride (CdTe), or amorphous silicon cells.

Special solar hot water panels and solar energy generators serve as alternative water heating systems. They are used to heat water in swimming pools and showers. Some washing and dry-cleaning facilities also use solar hot water panels to heat their water supplies. For both residential and commercial solar roofing, it is advised that buildings undergo roof repairs Concord contractors can provide to prevent leaks and prolong the life of the roof.

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This article was published on 2012/02/25