If your home needs a new roof, you may be considering some newer roof materials to reroof your home. There are other things that you can do when you have a new roof installed on your home, such as installing solar panels that are embedded in the roofing, adding solar heating and installing vertical wind turbines. Having these things added to your roof will help you get more out of your investment in a new roof and provide your home with renewable energy resources. Here are four ways you can incorporate renewable energy into your new roof installation:
1. Installing Shingles With Solar Panels Integrated Into The Design
Many people do not want to have solar panels installed on their homes because they are unsightly. The bulky panels are not the only option if you do not want large panel racks installed. You can also get solar panels that are integrated into the design of shingles. These shingles can be used to roof a portion of your home, or an entire section that is in direct sunlight. It is a great option for solar power when you have your home reroofed.
2. Adding A Solar Water Heater To Your Home During Roof Replacement
Another addition to your home can be solar water heating, which is a solar collector that heats water. These can be mounted in an inconspicuous location on your rooftop to help provide your home with hot water. When you have your roof installed, you can have the roofer install brackets for mounting a solar water heater for your home.
3. Installing Vertical Wind Turbines At Eaves And Other Areas Of Your Roof
Wind turbines are another solution for renewable energy that you can have installed on the roof of your home. Horizontally mounted turbines can be unsightly and inefficient. There are newer vertical wind turbines that can be installed at the eaves of your roof, alongside roof vents and other areas of your rooftop, which will hardly be noticeable and can provide you with renewable energy in addition to solar panels. This is good to produce energy even when there is no sunlight available.
4. Add More Natural Light With The Installation Of Skylights To Your Home
When you have a new roof installed on your home, you can also have skylights installed. These can provide your home with natural light to reduce electrical consumption. When you have the roofer install the skylights, you can also install exterior roller shades with electrical controls to allow you to control the light that comes in from the skylights you have installed.
Renewable energy can easily be added to your roof with some of these ideas. If you need help with the installation of a new roof and some of these features, contact a professional roofing contractor and ask them about incorporating things like solar roofing shingles into your new roof.