Solar panels are a fantastic investment for properties in Sydney New South Wales and the rest of Australia. Given the plentiful sunshine, around 15% of homes have solar panels installed on them, and this number is constantly growing as the cost of solar power continues to sink. NSW is the second largest solar state behind Queensland.
But if you have a slate roof, you may be wondering – can I have solar panels installed? And can I keep the beautiful, unique heritage look of my roof tiles, and avoid large, unsightly panels that stick out above the roof?
The answer to both of those questions is “yes!” Learn more about slate roof tiles, the solar install process, solar energy and more below.
Slate Roofs Are Great For Energy Efficient & Eco-Friendly Solar Homes
First, let’s talk about why slate is such a good roofing material if you’re looking to build a “green” home. Unlike asphalt shingles, slate is a natural material which is simply quarried and then manufactured into tiles, with minimal processing and a low environmental impact.
In addition, slate has a lifespan of hundreds of years, which minimizes waste. In many cases, you may even be able to use reclaimed slate materials to build your roof, which makes it even more eco-friendly.
But beyond that, slate is also very durable, heavy and thick – which means it’s an excellent insulator. Slate helps keep in cool air in the summer, and warm air in the winter, improving energy efficiency and lowering your power bill – especially when paired with solar.
For those reasons (and many more) a slate roof is one of the best choices for an eco-friendly, solar-enabled home. But how can you have a solar panel installed without ruining the look of your property?
Nulok Solar Inserts – The Best Way To Incorporate Solar And Slate Roofs
A Nulok solar insert is our preferred way of building an integrated slate roof with solar panels. The Nulok system uses special Zincalume battens, spaced out at 307mm from each other, to lock in and support both heritage slate and ceramic tiles, as well as solar panels.
The benefit of this roofing system is that a solar PV system can be integrated into your roof seamlessly. Your solar panels will be flush with the rest of your tiles. If you choose a slate that’s similar in color to the panel, passersby won’t even be able to see your solar panels at all.
Interested In Solar Panels And Slate? Contact Us Right Away!
At NSW Slate Roofing, we can help you understand all of your options for slate roofing and a solar system in Sydney and the surrounding areas. With decades of combined experience in all types of slate including Welsh Slate, our team can develop a custom solution just for you and your family. If you’re interested, we encourage you to contact us online right away for an appointment! We’re always happy to hear from potential customers.