Homeowners Install Solar Metal Roofs

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Mary

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Can this be applied to a 3 year old mobile home? Or is it too heavy?

Dorothy kender

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need phone number looking for roof dorothy Kender

Gary R

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Why are the comments out of order date-wise?

Chris A

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what about this type of roofing for a flat roof for home of 100 yrs old?

Emma

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Very timely article. We're looking to replace our roof with Energy Star compliant metal after hail damaged our asphalt shingled roof. I would love to add solar panel, so this would be a great solution for us. The trouble we've had is trying to find a contractor. We've had two come out ( who were highly rated on Angie's List ), one sent a bid but never responded to a follow up question and the second one never even sent in a bid. I would love to talk to a reliable contractor who could install a metal solar roof for us. Is there anyone in the Atlanta, Ga. area out there who has experience with these kinds of roofs?

Jim T

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how do the solar shingles stand up in heavy hail?

ECD fan

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Solar laminates picture are made by Uni-Solar (parent company Energy Conversion Devices) out of the Detroit area [U.S. made!].

They are hail and wind resistant and can be walked on. They can work well in shaded area and pump out more kW of electricity during the day than ANY other solar panel....plus they look GREAT.

Uni-Solar is coming out laer this year with their PowerShingle for another residential application to integrate seamlessly with you standard 3-tab asphalt shingled (re)roof.

John E

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I am a Uni-Solar dealer with personal installations on my residence and my business. More than happy to chat via email!

Connie W

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I started putting on Artic White metal roof. At this time I do not have the extra money for the solar. But would like to apply it later on. Who would I contact in Northeastern Pa to do this and who has a good reputation.

Hellyn & James

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Does a metal roof attract lightning? I live in the Hampton Roads section of VA and would like to look into this.

Sandy B

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Who does this in San Antonio? We already have a metal roof. Can it be "retrofitted"?

dave w

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We install these and other solar sytems please inquire.

Chad

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Is the government still offering the tax incentives for installing solar in 2011?

Fred A

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Robyn of S. Michigan on 4/13 or anyone else using inside antennas, the solution is to get an outside antenna for your frequency and cable (wire) to the device. The metal roof blocks radio waves especially digital signals like XM radio.

Chad

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Is the government still offering the tax incentives for installing solar in 2011?

Robyn

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We live in S. Michigan and had a steel roof put on our home. We love it but we can't find eve's troughing that will work in the winter months and won't let leaves in during the fall and our XM radio no longer works in the house which we really miss. We really love the sound of the rain on the roof tho and the look is very nice. We just miss the reception we had.

Rhiannon P

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It's no wonder the contractor in Oregon can't sell solar metal roofs there...energy costs there are extremely low and it's hardly ever sunny!

Tom C

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The NREL solar map showing energy received by zipcode should answer a lot of questions

John Graham

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Not to discourage anyone who's interested in solar roofs, but they're a measure like many others that really benefits from mortgage treatment. In Hawaii, new homes are required to have solar water heating panels installed--with the savings, tax credits, and the long terms and low interest associated with mortgages, it works out very well. Solar roofs may need the same treatment--incorporating them at the point of a mortgage to reduce the cashflow impacts.

Hansa T

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Need more information on solar roofing, metal roofing in Seattle. Where can I find more information on all roofing options?-in Seattlle

N.C.Vasuki

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The article was very interesting and informative. We are considering replacing our shingle roof and plan to check on metal roofs. Solar add on may be expensive. Are there any guarantees about the long term performance of PV? Will it last at least 15 years?

Melinda Lucas

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Hello! The the people who say something like: "I can see this working in CA or FL, but what about me who lives in cloudy (fill in your city/state here). We bought a home with solar panels on it 2.5 years ago and we live in SEATTLE! The grayest place in the US! Not only does our solar make it so that we have no electric bills, we also got the tax write-off ($7,000) PLUS once a year we get a check from our local power company for about $300 because we "sell" our energy back to the power grid. When we bought, the film was not available, but if we were going to buy another home right away, I would definitely do the metal roof with the film. It's worth it...even just for the peace of mind that we are not contributing to the problem, but to the solution! :)

Karen Foreman

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Oklahoma gets a lot of hail...How well does it hold up? I love the idea of green and of solar energy...

Hans

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Lots of opinions, need more facts. A more complete analysis is highly desired.

michael lee

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Utilities (esp. municipal, and pud's& co-ops) need to do the simple job of being the middle-man. They could link solar companies, banks, and customers - using the deals they could cut because of scale. Solar would boom, and customers would pay off the loan with only the savings. Their bill thus would not go up at all. There is no reason not to do this -- yet my utility has a "green program" where one pays extra for green energy. Crock.

Theresa

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We are in the process of replacing our existing asphalt shingled roof. We are in a high wind area, have a southern exposure, & our 2nd story gets quite warm in the summer months, therefore we strongly considered a metal shingle style roof. I also did my research on the solar shingles & other solar type materials but was alarmed when looking into the warranty & maintenance issues of such a product. I contacted MRA (metal roofing assn.) and they agreed that the longevity of such products is still uncertain since they have not been on the market for an extended period of time & that weather conditions such as hail have been known to damage the solar shingle style option. She also stated that it would take years to recoup the costs of solar & that the main reason for doing it would have to be an environmental issue. So, I decided to forgo the solar option. I then looked into metal shingle roofing alone & was alarmed when I read concerns on forum after forum on metal roofing where there were issues with condensation.
I am only trying to make others aware of my concerns so you can do your own research and arrive at an educated decision that is right for you. It is a costly endeavor & one that requires you to do your homework.
As an FYI, I am considering the "Cool" roofing option through GAF/ ELK which offers solar reflection properties to keep cooling costs down in the summer & prolong the life of the shingle since it will be a somewhat lighter shade than the other options.
Good luck in your decision!

Rigo Cisneros

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I love solar, but people need to keep in mind it's not permanent like insulation or such. One, they need maintenance. Two they get weaker over time. So time estimates of 25 years are WAY off. Depending on brand and quality, the panels could be at 50% in 10 years. Let alone in 25 years. I have no idea about this solar metal roofing, but it would nice to know how it produces over time.

Ken H

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I live in Chardon, Ohio where we get lots of snow (had about 135 inches) this season, and its not over yet.

My house is a cape cod style, with an attached garage... so there are various roof lines to deal with.

I would assume that there are situations where part of the roof could be done in the solar metal roofing, and other parts could be done with traditional asphalt shingles.

My garage has a large Cape Cod style high-pitched roof that faces the sunny south. I could see just doing this roof in the soloar roofing.

My house is 23 years old now, so it is getting time to look at a new roof.

Not sure the wife would like the look of the solar roofing.

mike parker

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Would this product work on flat roofs in new mexico sun of 101 degrees?

Justin R

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I’m a roofing contractor in SW Michigan, and we get a decent amount of inquiries about metal roofing. It’s great, but expensive. Based on my experience, it is generally double the cost of a shingle roof (or more, depending on materials of each – lots of variation). I will say that the “green” aspect is less important to folks I talk to than the idea of not having to replace your roof every 12 years due to cheap shingles wearing out. That’s when I tell them about modified shingle products (made by Malarkey and Atlas), which last longer in our bad MI climate. Plus, the sun doesn’t shine here like it does in CA, FL, etc…so the solar aspect hardly ever comes up.

Joe Olivares

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How much roof, exposed to sun, is necessary for thin film solar panels on metal roof?

Nancy P

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how does this solar solution compare to existing solutions in terms of total weight - is it significantly lighter than traditional panels?

Dave B

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What is the usefull lifetime of the PV's? How are they disposed of when the go bad? How do they hold up to hail? What about snow loading, and snow covering?

Bruce

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thats great for places like VA.,Fla., Ax.,what about Cleveland Ohio ?

Elizabeth Bullock

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What about Condo building? Three stories with 11 HVAC units on the roof? Is this a possibility for such a roof/building?

Brian

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We replaced our roof last year with metal. Because of our age we didn't go with solar and we're seeing a 30-35% savings on power costs. The cost ended up being roughly 30% more and a warranty that's 4-5 times in length. We feel it was money well spent.

Ellen

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Is this available in Pawtucket, RI?

Will Ashman

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We live in Va. Beach. I would love to know if there was an installer like Cornett Roofing in our area.

Brenda Moore

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I was so excited to see the metal roof article. I am in the market to purchase one myself. Not only that, but I also just received a Patent for my invention of Magnetic Christmas Light Clips! What a wonderful combination.

Frank Tonis

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Great article. I have long thought metal roofing makes great sense, aesthetically as well as practically. Unfortunately for me, here in Arizona I have a flat roof. Foam is in my future, I think.

j. baumann

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who does solar near Bergen County NJ?

Jan

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For us, installing solar PV on our roof in L.A. was a no-brainer. After city rebate and 30% federal tax credit, it cost us 8k, added 20K to our property value, and will save us around 80-90K after 25 years, assuming the 6.7% increase in rates, which are predicted. I like the way they look, too.

Sofia

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We the consumer have to take the bull by the horns to save the planet. Reducing energy usage is everyone's business. I will consider a solar roof next year! Great info.

Kathy Kurzatkowski

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Is there an installer in CT that installs the metal solar roof? Am interested!

Holly and Hkeem DuPart

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Really, really interested - we're in Chicago, how do we find a reputable, experienced solar roofer? Any suggestions?

Carol

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What about Ondura? It's less expensive with all the eco-friendly benefits of metal.

Paul Kazlov

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The solar metal roofing has many benefits like as it make home secure, save energy, utilize solar rays, make environment green and always look unique.

Bill Davis

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Wow, you really broke everything down nicely. Solar roofing is ideal because, as all of us in the roofing industry know, the sun beats down on the roof all day...especially when you are installing one! It proves how efficient a solar roof really is. You addressed asphalt shingles in landfills and that is a big concern for me. There should be a recycle center for them but that's another subject.

Peter

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Who installs metal roofs in the Wichita, KS area?

Tom Montelone

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Very interesting article. I am in Saratoga Springs, NY. I'd appreciate suggestions of a solar metal roof installer.

Ann Marie

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Really interesting article will save as part of looking into options for my house

Victoria

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Am very interested in solar everything. How do I find a good contractor in the Boston area. Lots of wind, snow, etch

virginia Manczuk

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who does this kind of metal roof with solar laminate in No Va -- Falls Church, to be specific?

Todd Johnson

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We are planning on replacing with a metal roof but are curious how you answered the hail questions above and is it cheaper to add the solar during initial roof installation verses addit them later?

Missy

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Our roof is coming off this weekend and I insisted on a metal roof as replacement. Most of the bidders claimed a metal roof was a bad idea but now I wonder, for whom? I think they are reluctant to install them because they will not be back to replace the roof for many years longer than traditional, oil- based asphalt. I can't wait to review my new roof and roofer next week! I am not using solar as we are surrounded by 200 year old live oaks- no sun!

jeffrey swan

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Hold off on solar. Bloomberg News had a report last week wherein they reported there has been a major breakthrough in solar cell manufacturing technology. Solar panels cost could drop 50% within 18 mos. Suggested solar industry will boom in 24 months without gov't rebates.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.