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Glass Tile Roofing Helps Homes in Hot Climates Go Green


Posted on: September 16, 2014

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Glass Tile SolTech System

It’s always amazing to see innovative roofing materials play a role in the green living movement around the world. One of the coolest types of roofing we’ve read about recently was glass roofing tiles that help turn a home’s roof into a solar energy collector, according to Off Grid World. Basically, the transparent glass tiles allow the sun’s rays to pass through to a special subsurface system that soaks up solar energy like a sponge.

Glass Tile Covers a Solar Roof System

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Glass Tile SolTech System

These glass tiles protect a solar roof system that not only generates power for hot water for routine daily use, but also provide hot water for other uses, like heated pools or water-based central heating systems, according to SolTech Energy, a solar energy technology company based in Sweden that was formed in 2006. Here are some details about these unique glass tile solar roofing systems:

  • They are primarily used in very hot climates. For example, the systems are primarily used on buildings in Mediterranean and Arabic countries that typically have concrete roof structures.
  • The glass tiles are fully integrated into the structure of the building, giving it a modern feel that’s considered by many to be more attractive than conventional solar panels.
  • The solar roof system works on open or closed spaces, from sports courts and swimming pools to restaurants and hotels.

Solar Powered Skylights for the Pacific Northwest

Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight

VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight

While Chinook Roofing & Gutters hasn’t yet had the opportunity to install glass tiles for solar roof systems, we are certainly open to the idea and welcome requests for bids for these types of projects. However, we do install another great product for homeowners interested in solar-powered roofing solutions — the new VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights. These innovative skylights provide fresh air and ventilation to your home, offer a no-leak warranty, and are operated and controlled by solar power, requiring no wiring for quick installation. These solar skylights are even smart enough to close on their own when their integrated rain sensors detect inclement weather.

About Chinook Roofing

Chinook Roofing & Gutters is a Tacoma roofing company that provides installation and maintenance of roofs and gutters in Puget Sound area cities, including our home base of Fife, as well as Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Milton and more. We are experienced with a wide variety of roofing types, including composition roofs, cedar shake roofs, flat roofs and more. Our Tacoma gutter installation services are provided by knowledgeable, factory-trained gutter professionals. Contact us today for a free estimate.

(SolTech images from OffGridWorld.com [via SolTechEnergy.com]; Skylight graphic from Skylights.VeluxUSA.com)


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