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The Future of Roofing?

Is the Tesla Solar Roof on your radar? Maybe it should be. Elon Musk says he is going to change the roofing industry.

According to Tesla’s website, “solar roof complements your home’s architecture while turning sunlight into electricity. With an integrated Powerwall battery, energy collected during the day is stored and made available any time, effectively turning your home into a personal utility. Glass solar tiles are so durable they are warrantied for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.”

These are big claims that should get the attention of anyone in the roofing industry. And this is not some pie-in-the-sky future dream. Tesla completed some of the first installations for customers at the top of their wait list (yes, a roofing wait list) in March of 2017. Elon Musk even had the tiles installed on his home. While it’s unclear when Tesla will be installing the roof at a national, mass-market scale, some estimates suggest large-scale installation could start late this year or early 2019.

While the Tesla Solar Roof is causing quite a stir—and is something everyone in the roofing industry should be thinking about—one thing is making metal roof manufacturers breath a little easier for now: Consumer Reports crunched the numbers and determined that a Tesla Solar Roof would cost somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000, based on Tesla’s own pricing guidance.

Ouch.