Do I have to install solar panels to get a Starling RFS roof?
No, you can have a beautiful new Starling RFS metal shingle roof without choosing to install solar. A Starling roof will still last you longer than a traditional asphalt roof, which makes it a smart choice. However, there are few reasons to not choose solar: shade, roof planes too small, terrible local policies for solar.
What solar panels do I need to use if I want to have solar installed at the same time as my new Starling RFS roof?
The beauty of the Starling Roofing For Solar product line is that it easily integrates with most solar panel systems. The Starling system is designed to work with several modules that rank highly on the PVEL reliability scorecard. QCells, Silfab, REC, and Longi are examples.
How long does a Starling RFS metal roof last?
Starling's Roofing For Solar metal shingles last 40-70 years compared to traditional asphalt shingles which last 20-30 years.
What does “A Roof That Pays” mean?
When we say A roof that pays, we literally mean a roof that pays! Instead of paying thousands of dollars for a roof that just sits there, When integrating solar into your new Starling RFS roof, it pays by offsetting energy bill costs.
But Solar Panels are ugly and I don’t want an ugly roof.
We couldn't agree more! That is one of the reasons we designed the Starling RFS shingle roof system. We wanted a beautiful roof that matched solar panels creating an aesthetically pleasing result.
Can Starlings RFS metal shingles be installed at the same time as solar?
YES!! That is the most cost effective approach. If you decide to have your new Starling RFS metal roof installed at the same time as your solar, this will cost you less overall on installation.
How do Starling RFS shingles hold up to fire?
The Starling Roofing For Solar metal shingles are fire resistant and meet the highest Class A rating.
How much will a new Starling RFS metal roof cost me?
What makes a Starling RFS roof sustainable?
The RFS shingles are made from corrosion resistant steel, not like traditional asphalt shingles which are made from fiberglass, petroleum and gravel which end up in a landfill. Starling RFS metal roof shingles can be recycled when they need to be replaced.
How do solar panels attach to Starling RFS metal roof shingles?
Our patented mounting hardware fastens and electrically bonds modules through the bottom frame flange with 8 screws into the deck, completely concealed. It unbolts in case of service, leaving the roof intact
Is a metal roof loud when it rains?
No, Starling’s RFS metal roof is no noisier in the rain or hail than any other roof. The myth that “metal roofs are loud” stems from people experiencing metal roofs in uninsulated barns and outbuildings.
What is RFS?
RFS stands for Roofing for Solar. The Starling roofing system is the first roof specifically designed for commodity solar modules. Our talented engineers created the Starling RFS metal shingles and hardware to easily integrate with solar, functionally and aesthetically; which is why roofers love the Starling RFS system.
Will Starlings RFS metal shingles get damaged when it hails?
No, in fact metal shingle roofs hold up better to hail than traditional asphalt roofs. Because our RFS shingles are supported closely by plywood decking, very large hail can cause minor dents. The RFS Shingle paint and textures have been specifically designed and selected to conceal dents so that shingles don’t require replacement.
Will Starling metal roof shingles rust?
After many years of service paint fade or chalking would be the first aesthetic difference to show. Rust can occur after the corrosion resistant coating wears off (50+ years) or if deep scratches cut through the paint and galvanization.
Can any contractor install a Starling RFS metal roof?
The Starling RFS system is designed for easy and fast installation, which makes contractors happy. If your contractor of choice is unfamiliar with the Starling Roofing For Solar products, we are happy to discuss with them the benefits of our metal roofing solution and share install materials and manuals.
If I get solar with my Starling RFS metal roof, how long until it pays for itself?
That is a great question! It depends on your energy consumption, electric utility rates, and the size of your roof, but generally we see a return on investment in about 12 years. By electrifying your home (switching heat/ac to heat pump, hot water to heat pump, electric vehicles) you can speed up the payback and lower your overall energy costs.
A regular roof without solar never pays for itself.
When will my new Starling roof and solar start paying me?
As soon as the system is interconnected to the grid and given “permission to operate”. Physical equipment installation takes a day. City and utility approvals can take longer (days to months). Check out NREL’s SolarApp+ to find data on how your local jurisdiction is doing.
My roof contractor is not familiar with Starling Roofing For Solar products, what should I do?
No problem, we would be happy to contact them to introduce them to our new, cutting edge Starling RFS system. Please let us know how best to reach them.
Are there different metal roof colors available?
Black goes with everything! The Starling black shingles match black/black solar panels making an intentional aesthetic that matches any home architecture style. The results are a beautiful roof (that pays!)
How does the Starling RFS metal roof hold up in the snow?
Starlings RFS metal shingles shed snow well. For key areas where snow should be retained such as over doorways, use an approved snow guard.
How do I know if metal shingles are the best choice for my home?
Starling RFS metal roof shingles are a great choice for any home or building. They last longer, and are more weather resistant than asphalt shingles, they are easier to install, and they are better for the environment than traditional roofing materials. And when paired with solar, they will actually earn you money over time!
The Starling RFS Shingle is for sloped roofs of 3:12 up to 12:12.
Can Solar panels be used with Starling RFS products?
YES!! The Starling Roofing For Solar roofing system was specifically designed for solar! Our patent pending design makes attaching solar panels easy and efficient.
Won't a black metal roof absorb heat and make cooling my home less energy efficient?
No. Even black metal outperforms most lighter colored asphalt shingles because it reflects more light and is separated by a small air gap from the roof structure.
I am an installer, how do I find out the cost of the Starling Roofing For Solar products?
We would love to hear from you and have the Starling RFS products added to your customers options. Please contact us and we will provide you costs and any additional info.
Who are the RFS metal roof suppliers?
Please contact us and we will direct you to installers and/or distributors that carry Starling Roofing For Solar metal shingles.