SolarCity roofing will be producing solar roofing tiles. Unlike their solar panel relatives, Musk claims that these will be much more efficient and could very well complete a personal solar power system for a home.
“I don’t want to commit 100 percent to this yet, but it’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof,” the Tesla genius said in a recent statement. However, it has yet to be seen whether or not Musk will be able to fulfill this grand claim.
Approximately 72% of homeowners said they would choose roofing materials that required little to no extra maintenance. While Musk says the tiles will cost less than a traditional asphalt roof, it’s unclear what the maintenance will be like.
Despite the low price, the company has reported that tiles will be available in a number of different shades, and would not only cost less to manufacture, but to install as well. While some are under the assumption that a high price tag would be offset by the electricity produced, Musk has taken his claim one step further by stating that the savings will be there even before energy production begins.
However, many are still skeptical of the cost. Roofs come in many shapes, sizes, and pitches. Depending on the shape and slope of the roof, installation and initial cost could still be high for many homeowners.
Experts are recommending that homeowners still do their research before blindly buying into Musk’s newest project.