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    Betsy Guest

    Question Solar Shingles

    Hi. How do they hold up to wind, rain, cold? Can you step on them? How long do they typically last before needing to be replaced?

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    Default Re: Solar Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Betsy View Post
    Hi. How do they hold up to wind, rain, cold? Can you step on them? How long do they typically last before needing to be replaced?
    The ones I have seen to date are rated up to 120mph winds - not enough for Florida, unfortunately, if you expect them to survive the hurricanes.

    As for the lifetime, they're really too new to know for sure, regardless of any ratings by the manufacturer(s).
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    Default Re: Solar Shingles

    Betsy,

    Check out Solar Today or In Business. The solar shingle by Siemans Solar had been out and proven for over 10 years

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    Default Re: Solar Shingles

    Quote Originally Posted by Betsy View Post
    Hi. How do they hold up to wind, rain, cold? Can you step on them? How long do they typically last before needing to be replaced?
    it very much depends on the manufactur and the installer
    under normal conditions (no hurricane, earthquaqes... ) there's no reason they wouldn't last for decades.
    I wouldn't advice to step on them, at least becuse of the dust if not vecuse they might be broken...

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