The latest California solar power law requires all new homes to have solar power. The Energy Commission estimates that based on a 30-year mortgage, the law will increase the average mortgage payment by about $40 bucks. Still, at the same time, it would save the average California homeowner about $80 in energy bills, according to The New York Times.
SOLAR ROOFING DEMANDS SKYROCKET
More people than ever demand solar roofing in the United States. That’s certainly true. Endureed thatch roofing is by and far the greenest option for mass production of thatched roofs. The new solar panel law may put a damper on people’s plans to build a natural thatch roof. See, thatch-style roofing is also gaining in popularity. Here’s the thing, people don’t realize it, but even natural thatch roofing costs the environment substantially. Check out our previous blog post explaining how detrimental the commercial use of thatched roofing has been environmentally. Also, learn about the decline of water reed as a result of commercialized natural thatch.
NATURAL THATCH AND SOLAR PANELS
Professional installers tried their hand at a solar panel system on a natural thatched roof as you can read in a previous blog post. We’re not going to say it can’t be done with something like a GSE Intégration in-roof system to make sure the thatched roof stays intact around the panels. Yet, that’s a significant risk that many contractors and owners wouldn’t be willing to take. Generally, contractors avoid installing solar panels on natural thatched roofs.
There is a better way to get an environmentally friendly thatch-style roof and comply with the California solar power law for new homes.
SYNTHETIC THATCH AND SOLAR ROOFING
You can have a perfect replica of a natural thatched roof with none of the hassles. The Endureed system uses a waterproofing underlayment beneath synthetic thatch. The underlayment seals around the screws used to install the panels just as it seals around the nails used to install the synthetic thatching. So, Endureed roofing systems has every advantage over natural thatch.
Also, Endureed products keep their color even with UV exposure. So, even if the panels are uninstalled or relocated, there won’t be obvious color differences left behind. Our thatch doesn’t rot. Our thatch doesn’t let in pests. So, you will never need to uninstall a solar panel to re-thatch or maintain the roof. See, none of the reasons that people avoid solar roofing on natural thatched roofs applies to our synthetic thatch.
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Interested in roofing an umbrella for your backyard or an entire hotel? We’d love to help you choose the right product for your specific needs.
Check out our synthetic thatch roofing materials now. One is certainly right for you:
- Capetown– A trimmed, coarsely textured, longer reed. Replicates African Yellow Grass or “Cape Reed” that replicates the typical African style thatching.
- Kilimanjaro– A heavy reed replicating a traditional weathered, Tanzanian cape reed roof.
- Somerset– A closely tapered, slightly weathered appearing shingle. Replicates a typical, hand trimmed European thatching.
- Kona– A combination of wide leaf and smaller grass reed. Replicates the look of Hawaiian “Pili Grass” and Asian Alang-Alang grass thatching.
- Dominica– A synthetic palm leaf style thatching. Replicates palm leaves commonly used in tropical regions throughout the world.
- Bali– A finer, loosely tapered, slightly longer shingle designed to resemble the appearance of East Asian grass thatching.
- Viva Series– An especially economical synthetic palm thatch.
We’d love to show you how Endureed can provide you with your perfect synthetic thatch product.