While Elon Musk has been busy launching a Tesla into outer space, his company has been perfecting one of his latest ventures to help those on this side of the atmosphere. Tesla has created solar roofing tiles, which they hope will offer a visually attractive alternative to solar panels for homeowners. They opened reservations to the general public last May and the tiles started to be installed in August of 2017.
Tesla states that in many cases the roof will actually pay for itself in electricity savings over the 30-year life of the warranty. However, the durability of solar tiles has yet to be tested, and in most independent tests the solar tiles performed at a much reduced rate than less expensive solar panels.
The team at RSG Construction is always researching the latest options for roofing replacement, and we’ve completed significant research regarding Tesla’s solar roof option. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself if you are considering Tesla’s solar roof for your next roof replacement:
To get the best value for your money, we suggest that our clients stick with proven asphalt tiles, and look into placing solar panels as an additional energy source if this is important to you. However, there are always homeowners that would prefer to have the newest technology possibly, and if that is you—and you need a new roof—solar tiles from Tesla might be a good fit. Know that with any new technology there are bound to be hiccups, and historically solar tiles have been hard to install and resulted in mixed performance. While Tesla has a great reputation for being innovative, and they are also known for working closely with their early adopters to correct quality issues.
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