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Posted by David O'Daniel on October 12, 2009, 6:47 pm
 


Just wondering if solar panels or whatever solar has to go over already
good roofing to keep rain & weather out OR do the panels, plates,
whatever, act as roofing any?

Say, if i were to try building a house in less than a year; around next
Summer or the end of next Summer (before the 2010-11 winter), or even
just re-roofing a existing house, what would be best or what advise
would you give?

Of course everyone would want cheap combined with quality. Probably have
to go more with the less expensive that still actually works though.


Bo


Posted by harry on October 12, 2009, 7:03 pm
 


On Oct 12, 7:47 pm, Bojut...@webtv.net (David O'Daniel) wrote:

The solar panel go on top of your existing roof. The trick is to
secure them without causing leaks.
The ARE solar roof tiles, usually used for new build but they are a
pathetically small area compared with the non productive tile area and
fiendishly expensive.  And as there has to be so many, complex to wire
up.  They look a bit better that's all .

Posted by David O'Daniel on October 13, 2009, 2:43 am
 

<Harry wrote>:
"The solar panel go on top of your existing roof. The trick is to secure
them without causing leaks.
The ARE solar roof tiles, usually used for new build but they are a
pathetically small area compared with the non productive tile area and
fiendishly expensive. And as there has to be so many, complex to wire
up. They look a bit better that's all ."

<Bo>: Thanks for letting me know. Can though solar panels or
solar-shingles(?)be gotten 1 or a few at a time & if more are bought
later, connected to the old ones & so on & so on, OR does the technology
or rather style/design of the panels change over time enough that you
can't connect newer ones to older ones?


Bo


Posted by harry on October 13, 2009, 6:53 pm
 

On Oct 13, 3:43 am, Bojut...@webtv.net (David O'Daniel) wrote:

I only saw one manufacturer here in the UK. Once they're on, they're
on.  Hard to remove, add to or change.  They matched in appearance
commonly available normal roof tiles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_shingles

Posted by David O'Daniel on October 13, 2009, 9:09 pm
 

Thanks Harry & Mal. So I apparently would have to do it all at the same
time. The existing roof I had in mind is my parent's house, which leaks
& needs re-roofing of some kind anyway. I was hoping that it could be
reroofed & made solar all in one (2 birds with 1 stone as it were) but
apparently not.

As for my plans for a new house, again apparently solar would only add
to the cost rather than counting as the roofing tiles. So then I'm back
to the question of which is cheapest before it starts to be useless to
bother with & more expensive in the long run? In KY, USA btw.

At least a decade ago, there was a commercial supposedly put out by our
power company about calling for a heat pump thing that was to put heat
outside in the summer & bring heat in during winter. I called the number
on the commercial & indeed it was the power company but they had no idea
what a heat pump was, how to connect or anything, just keep using
electricity. In otherwords: "I don't know anything, I just work
here"....

There was some news story about some guy who build all solar homes but
for millions (which leaves me out anyways) however the story was on that
the building codes or whatever were arbitrary or something (I guess
designed to keep the power company in business of supplying the
electricity) so that he was always being sued & the homes not up to
code. Hence I'm just getting started trying to figure out solar about a
year or 2 before I would maybe be building anything.

Now if it were martial arts, I could discuss that for hours in fine
detail. I may know about as much about solar as most people know about
martial arts though.

Too bad that alternative energy is not taught in school instead of how
to build a birdhouse or make an ice-scraper in shop. (Anyone ever even
know of anyone else, much less themselves who had ever made anything
after the year of their middle-school shop class, who ever in their
lives after that, made anything that they had learned to make in ship
class)??? Anyway, just ranting, just ignore this last paragraph.


Bo


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