It is not very often that we get huge leaps of technological advances in roofing. Occasionally new materials get developed, and fashions come and go but for the most part a roof is a roof is a roof. However, recently a new development has been released that not only revolutionises roofing but could also change all our lives.

Elon Musk is one of the wealthiest people in the world. He’s also a little bit of a genius and is the man behind Space X and Tesla Cars. For years now he has been trying to tackle global warming and pioneer renewable energy. His electric cars are some of the best available, and his plan to colonise Mars is one of the most realistic and progressive around.

But it is his new venture that has really got our ears perked up at DPR roofing.

Solar panels have been around for a while now, and have gained popularity in the last few years. This could very well be down to rising energy bills, as solar panels can help to reduce the cost of these. However they are still not very common. There are a few reasons for this, but one of the largest is that they are simply not that attractive to look at.

Also, typically they are added after a roof is built, and are not typically incorporated into the design and building on the roof. This makes the installation tricky and potentially expensive.

However Musk has managed to come up with a fantastic solution to this problem. He has developed small solar panels that look just like roofing tiles. They come in four distinct styles, these are “Textured Glass Tile,” “Slate Glass Tile,” “Tuscan Glass Tile, and “Smooth Glass Tile” and look startlingly similar to normal slate and pot tiles.

The tiles will actually cost less than current roofing tiles when they are released, and will obviously help save a huge amount on your energy bills. However, even without using the solar energy they are better insulators than current roofing tiles.

These are an extraordinary development, and all at DPR will be keeping an eye on this technology as it develops so we can begin to use these on our green projects.

To find out about DPR’s roofing services then just give us a call on 0113 335 0043.