Forum Title: Will Tesla Solar Roofing Be Cheaper Than Normal Roofing
Only time will tell if it is indeed a cheaper roof, than what we are normally used to. I'm sure that Elon Musk has a few tricks up his sleeve that he hasn't revealed yet either. I think dependingon how much he is able to do in-house it is possible.Quote: When Tesla, the Silicon Valley automaker and energy storage firm founded by billionaire andMars colonization enthusiastElon Musk, unveiled itsgorgeous solar roofing systemback in October, it was assumed that said shingles would be significantly speedier than conventional roofing ‚Äî you know, roofing that isn‚t capable of transforming free and abundant sunshine into a form of home-powering renewable energy. After all, why would a roof that‚s more durable, longer-lasting and flat-out sexier also be comparable in price ‚Äî or, gasp, even more affordable ‚Äî than a traditional asphalt roof? Weeks later, Musk, a clean tech entrepreneur never without a few surprises up his sleeve, is claiming that Tesla‚s sleek solar roofing option will indeed be the cheaper option evenbeforethe annual energy savings associated with having an electricity-producing roof kick in. Made from tempered glass, Tesla‚s low-cost solar roofing shingles are slated for a widespread rollout at the end of 2017. Musk made the potentially too-good-to-be-true claim directly following last week's announcement that Tesla shareholders had voted to merge with SolarCity, the residential solar behemoth founded by Musk‚s cousin Lyndon Rive. (Musk himself serves as chairman of SolarCity, which will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesla). As noted by Bloomberg, the $2 billion acquisitionaims to positionTesla, primarily known to most consumers as a manufacturer of beautiful yet prohibitively pricey electric sports cars and sedans, as ‚Äúone-stop shopping for consumers eager to become independent of fossil fuels.‚Äù In the near future, Tesla showrooms won't just be places to buy and/or ogle high-end EVs. They'll also be places where consumers can peruse solar roofing options that will help to power their homes and, of course, that Tesla Model S parked in the garage. Noting that the tiles‚ electricity-producing capabilities are ‚Äújust a bonus,‚Äù Musk goes on to pose the question: ‚ÄúSo the basic proposition will be: Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and ‚Äî by the way ‚Äî generates electricity? Why would you get anything else?‚Äù To be available in a quartet of styles ‚Äî Slate, Tuscan, Textured Glass and Smooth Glass ‚Äî that closely mimic not-so-cheap premium roofing materials, Tesla‚s solar shingles are a boon for consumers who have long balked at the thought of installing rooftop solar for aesthetic reasons. (Read: big black patches that invoke the ire of the neighbors). Tesla‚s shingles look just like the real deal ‚Äî even nicer. ‚ÄúThe key is to make solar look good,‚Äù said Musk during last month's public debut of Tesla's solar shingles, which you can watch below in its entirety. ‚ÄúWe want you to call your neighbors over and say, ‚ÄòCheck out this sweet roof.‚‚Äù Asreported by Bloomberg, while Tesla‚s inoffensive-looking solar shingles are indeed considered a premium product when compared to comparable, non-solar shingles, significant savings kick in when considering the cost of shipping. Traditional, non-asphalt roofing tiles are heavy and awkward and, as a result, cost an arm and a leg to transport. They‚re also super-fragile and have a high rate of breakage. Tesla‚s engineered glass shingles, on the other hand, are durable, lightweight (as much as five times lighter than conventional roofing materials) and easy to ship. The significant cost-savings associated with decreased shipping costs, as anticipated by Musk, will be passed on to consumers. While there areskepticswho doubt that the savings gained in decreased shipping costs will render Tesla‚s solar singles the most affordable option for upfront cost-focused consumers, others are embracing Musk‚s claims as a potential game-changer that could potentially usher in the end of ‚Äúdumb‚Äù roofing as we know it. Source
Category: Roofing Post By: VINCENT WATKINS (Haverhill, MA), 01/04/2018

I read that this kind of roofing will cost a lot more than standard roofing. I am not sure where people are getting it will be cheaper. Most people wont even be able to afford it unless the city covers part of the cost and you know they wont, they like charging people for electricity.

- SHEILA GUZMAN (Rochester Hills, MI), 03/07/2018

This is really becoming the talk around the water cooler. Once it gets to market that should tell the tale. He is going to have to make it as cost effective as possible if he wants to make a dent in the mainstream market.

- ELSIE POWERS (Encinitas, CA), 04/08/2018

It is clear that this guy has a vision for the future of roofing. I would be almost certain that he didn't go into this not thinking about the cost. If he has proven anything, is that he can do the impossible.

- TODD SANDERS (Chandler, AZ), 05/09/2018

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