flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

GAF Energy Introduces Easy-Install Solar Shingles

billboard - default

GAF Energy Introduces Easy-Install Solar Shingles

How Timberline Solar roofing could radically speed up the adoption of home solar

January 4, 2022
solar roofing
Image: Stock.adobe.com

Designed by GAF Energy, Timberline Solar roofing builds solar cells into a standard shingle, which can then be installed with just a nail gun in a quick, two-day installation process. Not only does Timberline Solar generate as much energy as traditional solar panels, but it also forms a waterproof and fireproof barrier to do the job of standard shingles as well, reports Fast Company. 

GAF Energy hopes that its new approach to roofing will encourage more homeowners to make the switch to solar energy. To make matters easier for consumers, the company will take care of solar permitting and work with roofers and electricians for efficient installation at half the cost of a Tesla solar roof, according to president Martin DeBono. 

“The potential for solar is enormous, but we haven’t come close to meeting it,” says Martin DeBono, president of GAF Energy, which is part of parent company Standard Industries, which also owns GAF. “When you have a heritage in roofing, and you see solar panels going up the same way in 2020 as they were put up in 1990, yeah, you realize there’s an opportunity for innovation.”

The new design, called Timberline Solar, builds solar cells into a standard shingle. “All you need to install the solar shingle is a nail gun,” he says. “It goes up just like a regular shingle that can be nailed on the roof like any other shingle.” It required several rounds of innovation to work—like other shingles, it had to form a waterproof barrier to protect the home. It had to be fireproof. And it had to be something that workers could walk on if they had to access the roof. The engineers worked to find the right material and form to let light through, so the solar cells inside could generate energy, while meeting the other requirements.

Read more

Related Stories


Trust the Difference of Landmark PRO Residential Shingles

The performance, technology and track record of CertainTeed Landmark PRO shingles make them the go-to option for remodeling pros & their…


An Integrated WRB to Help Protect This Mountainside Residence

Chip Wade installs ForceField® Weather Barrier System on the sloped roof of his home, using an integrated WRB to help protect against…


The Next Generation of Metal Roofing

ProVia is taking metal roofing to new levels. This durable stamped panel roofing system is made with 26-gauge steel and withstands windspeeds up…

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.