Solar Shingles Vs. Solar Panels: What’s the Difference?

Since announcing the launch of our long-awaited solar shingles, we’ve been asked many times about what the difference is between solar panels and solar shingles. This week’s blog will help to answer this question.

Choose Solar Shingles When:

  • If you need a new roof and already budgeted for that expense, solar shingles can save you double the money.  Since SunTegra® Shingles are the roof, there is no need to pay extra for roofing material with your solar system — and no need to pay to remove and replace the conventional solar panels when it’s time to re-roof your home.
  • If you want the most aesthetically pleasing and seamless appearance, shingles can offer the cleanest, most unobtrusive look.
  • Many architectural review boards are favoring solar shingles over panels. Shingles may be the way to get your project approved.
  • If you want the latest in solar technology and like to have the latest and greatest of everything, solar shingles are hot and new. 
  • When properly cared for, solar shingles can last a lifetime!

Choose Solar Panels When:

  • You have a pre-existing roof that is of good quality or you already replaced your roof. Solar panels are mounted above the roof shingles on top of your existing roof and will extend the life of the shingles.
  • Solar panels can be installed on all types of roofs and are very adaptable. In fact, solar panels can be installed on pitched and flat roofs, asphalt shingle, standing seam and membranes, to name just a few.
  • Solar panels have a longtime, proven track record and are known to be a trusted and reliable source of solar energy that will definitely save you money.   
  • Planning on moving? The effect of solar panels on home sale prices is much more than a boost — in fact, it’s a startling $99,000 increase on average.


We offer a free consultation and can provide you with many more details about both solar shingles and solar panels!  We’re here to help you decide which you prefer and the best option for your home or business. For more information, call (914)762-7622 or visit


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