Tesla’s Solar Power Roof – To install or not to install?

by | Jan 5, 2017

The future is here, but are we ready for it? And is it an affordable option for Orlando area homeowners? Tesla’s solar powered roof tiles definitely look impressive and according to Elon Musk his solar roof tiles, “look better, will last twice as long and will cost less than a traditional roof “ He even went so far as to say, “Electricity (from the roof) is just a bonus”.

It certainly sounds remarkable. Clermont will soon be home to Solarcity the largest solar installer in the U.S. and also a subsidiary of Tesla, giving Central Floridians a chance to become the early adopters of Tesla’s new roof. So should Orlando homeowners convert their roofs to solar tiles? 

From what we know for now, here is a list of potential Pros and Cons.


Aesthetics – Tesla’s quartz glass tiles look amazing and with four styles to choose from (textured, slate, tuscan and smooth) there is a style to match any home. 

Cost – one way or another, you will pay energy cost. But with the Tesla roof, most estimates have it “paying for itself” within 6-11 years depending on whether it’s a new construction home or “re-roof”. The new construction being the cheaper of the two and a quicker return.

Durability – Quartz glass is said to be unbreakable and withstand the elements better than any other roofing material, including tiles. Musk stated, (perhaps jokingly?) that his roof tiles could last longer than the house itself. 


Batteries- In order to use electricity during the night or anytime the sun is not shining, solar energy homes rely on batteries that store unused energy throughout the day. Tesla offers the Powerball battery unit, but it can cost upwards of $5,000 depending on installation fees making it a pricey way to store that energy.

Maintenance – everything on a home requires some type of maintenance and solar tiles are no exception. But with thousands of connecting wires covering an entire roof, the margin of failure increases, as does the risk of having to pay work crews to come and fix it. 

Less Efficient –  For now the Tesla tiles are at a 98% efficiency. Meaning that compared to other solar tiles, they are 2% Deficient. That’s not terrible but Tesla is working to improve the overall efficiency and hopes even surpass the current standards. 

Until the actual price for the tiles is released (right now we just have Elon Musk’s generalized statements regarding price) it will be hard to say if installing the solar panels is really “worth” it. But if you are in the market for a new roof or are currently building a new home, it’s definitely something to consider, just think – No more electricity bills!

Written By Claudia

Hi, my name is Claudia Mundlos! I moved from Germany to the USA in 2004 and now live in Sanford, FL. As a Realtor with Charles Rutenberg Realty I work in the entire Orlando area to help people like you realize their dreams of home ownership. Being a creative at heart I am passionate about design, no matter if Graphic, Web or Fashion 😉 Feel free to follow me on twitter or my blog about Sanford FL. Claudia on Google+

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