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Three main types of solar roofing systems are available to homeowners: solar metal roof, traditional solar roof and a metal roof. Each system has its advantages and disadvantages, but how effective a system is also depends on environment, local climate and where the roof is located.

Metal roof

A metal roof will last forever, if taken care of properly and can come with a warranty of  up to 50 years, so you’ll never have to go back to asphalt shingles. Other advantages include saving up to 40% on summer energy bills with metal because of its reflectivity.  A metal roof might also provide a discount on your home owners’ insurance, depending on where you live, due to its storm resistant properties.

Traditional solar roof

Solar roofing panels can be mounted on traditional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles or clamped on to metal roofing and jut out from the roof’s exterior.  The panels are often fixed facing south or mounted on a tracking device that follow the sun, allowing the panels to capture the most sunlight. Traditional solar cells are made of silicon, are flat-plate and usually the most efficient.

Solar metal roof

Solar laminate panels adhere to the surface of a metal roof and can capture the sun from many angles in cloudy or shady weather conditions. The laminate may require more surface area than solar panels to generate comparable energy. Although the cost of a solar metal roof can be recouped in roughly six years through lower utility bills and net metering,  many consumers can’t see beyond the additional cost.


If you’re deciding between a metal or solar metal roof, get an energy audit and then get several bids from contractors who can provide a cost-benefit analysis of several systems.  Your research will pay off when you find the system that will fit your budget, net the most savings and increase the curb appeal of your home.