With all of the tech advancements in the past decade, it shouldn't come as a shock that home design and construction is becoming more advanced. Tesla has just announced that they are in the process of patenting a new type of roofing solar panels. We're familiar with the random, chunky panels sitting on top of a standard roof to ensure a more efficient way of living...The difference in the new design released by Tesla is that they look like an actual shingle.
Available in four different styles, the main goal with this new shingle design was to eliminate the unsightly solar panels. While the benefits are great with a solar roof (saving on electricity, better for the environment and more durable), the cost is not so beneficial-at first. According to an article on Business Insider, "A Tesla Solar Roof for a home needing 3,000 square feet of roofing would cost more than $65,000 if 35% of the tiles were solar. According to Consumer Reports, a slate-tile roof for a home the same size would cost about $45,000, and an asphalt roof would be about $20,000."
Elon Musk stated that the overall savings on electricity alone makes the hefty price tag worth it. "It's looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account."
What do you think? Would you make the leap and invest in the solar tiled roof? Comment your thoughts below.