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Featured “Green” Metal Roof Project: Standing Seam with Solar Thin Film and Solar Thermal in Downingtown PA

This “green” exterior renovation features a 50 year Standing Seam Metal Roof PA with Thin Film Solar Panels that integrate directly onto the metal roof.

Take a look at the before….

downingtown solar metal roof before

Now take a look at the AFTER!!

solar thin film metal roof downingtown pa

 

In addition to a 5kw solar system, we also installed a Solar Thermal System underneath the metal roof that traps heat and then converts it into hot water for the entire home!

solar thermal construction

This “green” roof system utilizes multiple technologies to achieve optimal results. The metal roof provides a 100% recyclable solution to petroleum based asphalt while thin film solar panels offset up to 50% of the home’s electrical use all while converting excessive attic heat in the summer into hot water! But the real beauty of these renewable energy options is just that, they’re actually beautiful too. Instead of bulky solar panels, metal roofing with thin film solar is aesthetically pleasing and adds curb appeal to the home all while saving the environment.

For your free estimate on green metal roofing and home remodeling solutions call 888-234-2929. 

Solar Metal Roofing for Barns in NJ

DO YOU HAVE AN OLD BARN IN NEW JERSEY WITH A CEDAR SHAKE ROOF?

If so then you NEED to consider solar thin film metal roofing…Solar thin film metal roofs can be installed using a structural panel directly over your rafters which means, you do not have to incur the cost of all new plywood!

This solar thin film barn roof will pay itself off in as little as 5 years! And when you compare it to the expensive option of replacing the roof with cedar, the payback goes down even further. For a free estimate call Global Home Improvement at 888-234-2929.

Mainlinecontractor.com Launches With a Solar Thin Film and Metal Installation

Global Home Improvement is proud to announce our latest and greatest website www.MainLineContractor.com

Main Line Contractor is your source for Metal Roofing, Shingle Roofing, Fiberglass Replacement Windows, Fibercement Replacement Siding and Attic Barrier Protection.

This site is yet another reason we are recognized as one of the nation’s top 500 Home Remodelers, have an outstanding track record with an A+ BBB rating as well as hundreds of local referrals for Metal Roofing, Siding, Windows and more in Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Belmont Hills , Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Garrett Hill, Gladwyne, Haverford Merion, Narberth, Penn Valley, Villanova, Ithan, Wayne, Radnor, St. Davids, Strafford, Chesterbrook, Wynnewood, Penn Wynne, Paoli, Berwyn, Devon, Malvern, and Frazer!

As promised, here is a video taken of our solar thin film installation taken place in Gladwyne, PA.


Traditional Solar, Solar Thin Film or Solar Thermal

Global Home Improvement specializes in exterior home improvements with our main focus being metal roofing as well as solar projects that go along with it. Here’s a look at some solar options that you may or may not be aware of:

Traditional Roofing and Solar Panels – This system includes asphalt roofing and crystalline solar panels with an average payback of about 5-7 years in PA and 4-6 years in NJ. Because solar panels are bracketed into the roof the proper installation process requires a new roof so that you are not reinstalling the panels before their 25 year warranty is up. Systems are usually built based on kw hour. A standard 5KW system typically offsets 30-50% of your energy bill. On another note, the systems are hooked up to an inverter box and then sent back into the grid which means that in a power shortage you too would be without power. The reason for this is that battery back-up systems are very costly and highly inefficient at storing and converting energy.

Metal Roofing and Solar Film – This system includes a metal roof with a solar thin film system. It produces the same electricity as traditional panels because it works better in capturing all 3 UV light frequencies and can produce even on cloudy days. This system is much more aesthetically pleasing and much more durable. 25 year solar and 50 year on the roof. Although a metal roof costs more upfront, the tax credit is taken on the ENTIRE system including the metal roof because the panels are considered integrated into the roof.

Metal Roofing and Solar Thermal – This system is ideal for homeowner’s with a pool as well as radiant floors. The solar thermal tubes are hidden underneath the metal roof and can heat not only pools but the entire hot water usage for a home. It is much less expensive that Solar Electrical Panels but still has some of the same upfront tax benefits. In addition, the requirement for solar thermal tax credits is much less.

Solar Tax Rebates – What makes solar so popular right now are the tax rebates given by the federal government and state government. There is a 30% federal rebate with no maximum which can be taken over several years. In addition there are incentives such as SREC’s that are generated per KW produced. These SREC credits are actual certificates that get traded on the open market and typically average $250 in PA and $600 in NJ. One other caveat to the solar system is approval for the tax incentive. You must have what the government considers an optimal or close to optimal solar set up meaning a S, SW or SE facing roof with enough unblocked solar exposure (trees, shading, etc.) One of the first steps in solar approval is a Shade Analysis. This approval process is another reason why solar thermal systems are more readily available for install.

Call 888-234-2929 for a Free Solar Analysis and Consultation!

Solar Thin Film Metal Roofing at the New Jersey Shore

Recently, one homeowner took full advantage of the Solar and Metal Tax Rebates for their shore home near Tom’s River NJ.

When choosing a roof and solar system the homeowner wanted a worry-free and maintenance free product and after some serious debating, finally decided that a Solar Thin Film Metal Roof was the best and only option. Some of the main concerns regarding the roof project were the close proximity to the ocean and salt water as well as the risk of high winds.

Here are some of the main criteria used to choose an Integrated Solar and Metal Roof over a Traditional Shingle and Solar array :

  • Most solar panels have a life expectancy of 25 years but the average shingle roof is replaced every 20 years with even short life expentancy in shore regions
  • Metal roofs and in this case Galvalume have a 40-50 year life expectancy which is 2 to 2.5 times that of shingle roofs
  • The new jersey shore line can be subject to high winds and no other system offered better wind ratings than metal and solar film
  • Glass solar panels tend to draw in more of the moisture and salt water air requiring constant cleaning and monitoring
  • Solar thin film and metal roofing looks 10x better and adds more value to any shore home where house value is at a premium (see pictures)
  • Solar thin film roofs are considered Building Integrated Photo Voltaics (BIPV) and allow for a 30% tax rebate on the entire system including areas where the metal roof is covered by the solar panels! The metal roof becomes part of the whole system!!

After some permit issues, color selection and waiting on NJ State approval, the homeowner now has the home of their dreams with a metal and solar roof that is set to pay them back in full in as little as 5 years!!

Call 888-234-2929 for your free metal and solar consultation!

The BP Oil Spill and Your Roof Part II: Solar thin film on your roof prevents oil film on our oceans

In our last article we acknowledged the BP oil spill tragedy and started to question some of our everyday habits, such as asphalt roofing, that create the demand for oil and ultimately lead to oil dependency and catastrophes like the one currently en-Gulfing us as we speak!

What we didn’t fully address last time was the severity of the down-the-road consequences that this spill is generating. Now on it’s 51st day we are starting to see serious political reactions, economic implications and wildlife deaths everyday. Because this world is one big ecosystem and in many ways so is our economy (all inter-connected) let’s look at the quality of life consequences we are soon to face and what we NEED to plan to do about it.

•    According to the US government 600,000 to 1.2 million gallons a day of oil are leaking into our ocean
•    Marine scientists have already found a 100-foot-thick layer of oil 1,300 feet below the surface about 45 miles from the well site with more discoveries each day
•    The National Wildlife Federation reports that already more than 150 threatened or endangered sea turtles are dead as well as 316 sea birds with more dying everyday
•    The oil is already in the Loop Current a significant hazard to the Florida Keys, (and entire East Coast) as well as areas of the west coast of Florida, Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

In addition, more immediate and grave threats include:
•    The risk of even more ferocious hurricanes with oil skimming off the surface and onto our mainland because crude accumulating at the surface could be raising the temperature of the surrounding water
•    The risk of disease and widespread illness as the oil passes through the food chain and reaches us due to the bioaccumulation of chemicals and toxins

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION!!!! What can be done to save our planet and our economy??? One of the answers is Solar Thin Film and Metal Roofing

Although, this is not the complete answer it represents a better way of thinking based on:
•    Renewable and clean energy
•    Low lifecycle costs
•    Sustainable material usage
•    Long-term economic value

I don’t think any of these concepts are radical but they all make sense. And here’s how:

Renewable and Clean Energy

The Sun blasts Earth with enough energy in one hour-4.3 x 1020 joules – to provide all of humanity’s energy needs for a whole year! Solar thin film is made to harness that electricity, and convert it to usable energy that gets hooked up to your energy meter and sent back into the electrical grid. On average, homeowner’s offset anywhere from 30-60% of their home electrical usage for the entire year.

This fairly new solar thin film energy system has already offset 14.2 barrels of oil in its lifetime! That’s over close to 600 gallons for just one house in less than 1 year!! Extrapolated, that’s over 15,000 in it’s lifetime.

Low Life-cycle Costs

As mentioned before, metal roofing is the least expensive roof over the lifetime of the metal roof. That includes maintenance, replacement costs and energy savings. That is just one of the reason’s solar thin film loves metal roofing. The other reason is that you get a tax credit (30% with no limit) for the metal solar roof when you laminate the solar film onto the panels. These two products combined give you 50+ years of roofing and 25 years of solar output at a high level.

In addition, the efficiency and low cost to product of solar thin film will eventually combine to eliminate crystal panels all together. At that time you will just have to re-laminate new solar panels over top the metal roof when the 25 years is up.

Sustainable Materials

Solar thin film is made in America and is much less expensive to mass produce than traditional silicon photovoltaics. Thin film solar cells use a fine layer of semi-conducting material, such as silicon, copper indium gallium selenide or cadimium telluride to harvest the electricity form the sun at a fraction of the cost.

Long-term economic (and ecological) value

As mentioned metal roofing is already a more sustainable, longer lasting and a more value-adding product over time than any other roof, especially asphalt shingle. But, what about the solar aspect?

Solar installations on metal roofs have become more and more popular because of the quick payback period (3-8 years) and the long term ROI (20-30%).

Another reason for the recent increase of metal and solar installations is the ever increasing price of OIL and FUEL. When estimating solar ROI it is impossible to predict the future oil prices but with recent events such as the BP oil spill, government regulation will increase, causing supply to decrease and energy prices to increase.

At Green is Global, it’s our hope that almost every home in America can afford solar and metal roofing. Think about your Flat Screen TV, with all the benefits at the current prices, isn’t it hard to live without one? The same goes for solar including same-as-cash financing up to $45,000!

Call Global Home Improvement at 888-234-2929 or email adam@greenisglobal.net to tell us how you feel about our solar thin film, metal roofs and the world (global) views addressed in this article.

The BP Oil Spill and Your Roof Part II: Solar thin film on your roof prevents oil film in our oceans

In our last article we acknowledged the BP oil spill tragedy and started to question some of our everyday habits, such as asphalt roofing, that create the demand for oil and ultimately lead to oil dependency and catastrophes like the one currently en-Gulfing us as we speak!

What we didn’t fully address last time was the severity of the down-the-road consequences that this spill is generating. Now on it’s 51st day we are starting to see serious political reactions, economic implications and wildlife deaths everyday. Because this world is one big ecosystem and in many ways so is our economy (all inter-connected) let’s look at the quality of life consequences we are soon to face and what we NEED to plan to do about it.

  • According to the US government 600,000 to 1.2 million gallons a day of oil are leaking into our ocean
  • Marine scientists have already found a 100-foot-thick layer of oil 1,300 feet below the surface about 45 miles from the well site with more discoveries each day
  • The National Wildlife Federation reports that already more than 150 threatened or endangered sea turtles are dead as well as 316 sea birds with more dying everyday
  • The oil is already in the Loop Current a significant hazard to the Florida Keys, (and entire East Coast) as well as areas of the west coast of Florida, Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

In addition, more immediate and grave threats include:

·The risk of even more ferocious hurricanes with oil skimming off the surface and onto our mainland because crude accumulating at the surface could be raising the temperature of the surrounding water

·The risk of disease and widespread illness as the oil passes through the food chain and reaches us due to the bioaccumulation of chemicals and toxins

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION!!!! What can be done to save our planet and our economy??? One of the answers is Solar Thin Film and Metal Roofing

Although, this is not the complete answer it represents a better way of thinking based on:

·Renewable and clean energy

·Low lifecycle costs

·Sustainable material usage

·Long-term economic value

I don’t think any of these concepts are radical but they all make sense. And here’s how:

Renewable and Clean Energy

The Sun blasts Earth with enough energy in one hour-4.3 x 1020 joules – to provide all of humanity’s energy needs for a whole year! Solar thin film is made to harness that electricity, and convert it to usable energy that gets hooked up to your energy meter and sent back into the electrical grid. On average, homeowner’s offset anywhere from 30-60% of their home electrical usage for the entire year.

This fairly new solar thin film energy system has already offset 14.2 barrels of oil in its lifetime! That’s over close to 600 gallons for just one house in less than 1 year!! Extrapolated, that’s over 15,000 in it’s lifetime.

Low Lifecycle Costs

As mentioned before, metal roofing is the least expensive roof over the lifetime of the metal roof. That includes maintenance, replacement costs and energy savings. That is just one of the reason’s solar thin film loves metal roofing. The other reason is that you get a tax credit for the metal roof when you laminate the solar onto the panels. These two products combine give you 50+ years of roofing and 25 years of solar output at a high level.

In addition, the efficiency and low cost to product of solar thin film will eventually combine to eliminate crystal panels all together. At that time you will just have to re-laminate new solar panels over top the metal roof when the 25 years is up.

Sustainable Materials

Solar thin film is made in America and is much less expensive to mass produce than traditional silicon photovoltaics. Thin film solar cells use a fine layer of semi-conducting material, such as silicon, copper indium gallium selenide or cadimium telluride to harvest the electricity form the sun at a fraction of the cost.

Long-term economic value (and ecological)

As mentioned metal roofing is already a more sustainable, long lasting and more value-adding product over time than any other roof, especially asphalt shingle. So, what about the solar aspect?

Solar installations on metal have become more and more popular because of the quick payback period (3-8 years) and the long term ROI (20-30%).

Another reason for the recent increase of metal and solar installations is the ever increasing price of OIL and FUEL. When estimating solar ROI it is impossible to predict the future oil prices but with recent events such as the BP oil spill, isn’t it time that you hedged your energy bill??

Call Global Home Improvement at 888-234-2929 or email adam@greenisglobal.net to tell us how you feel about our solar thin film, metal roofs and world (global) views.

Green is Global in PA and NJ – Green Metal Roofing, Siding, Windows and Solar SRECs

If you live in PA or NJ, Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore and up to North Jersey…It is time to discover innovation in home renovation! If you want the best products from the best contractor, you need to call Global Home Improvement at 888-234-2929 for your free in home estimate. To learn more read all the ways you can go green this year!

Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Metal roofs around Philadelphia are made of 20-30% recycled material and are, at the end of their life-cycle, fully recyclable. Compare this to the 13 billion pounds of shingle that end up in the landfills every year. You can also save up to 30% a year on your home cooling costs by installing a new reflective metal roof.

Integrated Solar Thin Film: Combined with a standing seam metal roof, solar thin film is extremely eco-friendly and a sound investment. You can drastically cut energy costs with a properly installed metal and solar system. In addition, they are eligible for NJ SRECs (new jersey solar renewable energy credits) that companies will buy on the open market if they can’t meet clean power guidelines. Average ROI is 6-8 years with typically a 20% return on investment over 20 years!

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding:
James Hardie fiber cement siding in PA and NJ uses only raw materials within 500 miles of manufacturing facilities, reducing transportation. In addition, the low toxicity of raw materials such as wood pulp, cement, sand, water (recycled up to 4 times), is good for the earth and your home. New ColorPlus technology ensures true color and beauty throughout your home’s siding.

Infinity Fiberglass Windows by Marvin: FiberglassReplacement Windows Philadelphia are far more energy efficient than their wood or vinyl counterparts. They exceed all performance requirements for energy reduction in Energy Star ratings. Infinity is also Energy Star rated in all U.S. climates, something that most competitors cannot claim.

Challenger Series Triple Pane Vinyl Replacement Windows: Philadelphia and New Jersey best vinyl replacement window on the market. The Challenger far and away outperforms the competition in energy efficiency due to its triple pane construction with double krypton gas chambers. This gives the Challenger a .19 U-Factor which is well below the Energy Star minimum of a .30 U-Factor! Tax credit eligible!!

Solar Metal Seminar was Another Great Success

Thank you to all that participated in Part III of our Metal and Solar Seminar Series presented by Global Home Improvement and Drexel Metals.

For all of you that missed our educational seminar, here are some pictures of the event and some helpful links to checkout for yourself.

• American Solar Energy Society www.ases.org
• Home Power Magazine www.homepower.com
• Interstate Renewable Energy Council www.irec.org
• National Renewable Energy Laboratory www.nrel.gov
• Solar Energy Industries Association www.seia.org
• State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency www.dsireusa.org
• Sandia National Laboratories www.sandia.gov
• Florida Solar Energy Center www.fsec.ucf.edu
• Renewable Energy Access www.renewableenergyaccess.com

For FREE ESTIMATE on Solar Metal Roofing also known as Integrated Solar Thin Film, Visit Global Home Improvement’s Solar Thin Film Estimate Page.

New Website for Metal Roofing Delaware…Also a Solar and Metal Job in DE

Global Home Improvement is the leading installer of residential standing seam metal roofing and metal shingle roofing in PA and NJ thanks to MetalRoofingPa.com and MetalRoofingNj.com and we now plan on conquering Delaware with MetalRoofingDe.com our best designed site to date!!! See a sample below…

In addition, what better way to start off our new website with a job already in progress in DE for solar thin film metal roofing!! This job is an ideal candidate for solar thin film with a south facing front that is aesthetically pleasing. In addition, the cost of the metal roof was significantly decreased because the solar thin film technology allows for a 30% tax rebate on the metal roof not just the solar roof.

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