How Long Does the Tesla Solar Roof Last?

June 18, 2024

how long does tesla solar roof last

So, you have decided to install a Tesla solar roof – congratulations!

It is a smart way to go green, lower your energy bills, and add value to your home. Plus, with the Tesla Powerwall, you can get backup power for when the sun goes down.

But for homeowners investing in Tesla solar roofs, the real concern is durability. After all, your roof isn’t worth much if it cannot brave the scorching heat or heavy snowfall, which is rather common in Reno.

While Tesla claims its solar shingles can last long, as a homeowner, you must know just how long it actually means.

Let’s find out.

Tesla Solar Tiles Are Built to Last

Tesla solar tiles are made of tempered glass, making them exceptionally resistant to physical and weather damage. The glass tiles are small-scale solar panels shaped like a typical roof shingle and replace your existing roof. Although they work like traditional solar panels, Tesla solar tiles are much more efficient. And more importantly, they do not corrode, fade, or break down easily over time.

A Tesla solar roof also consists of non-solar shingles made of architecture-grade steel, which offer additional structural support. These inactive tiles look just like the solar shingles and are indistinguishable. They are coated with an anti-corrosive layer to enhance their lifespan.

The 25-Year Tesla Solar Roof Warranty

Like most homeowners, you are probably weighing the 25-year warranty against other solar roofing options. But exactly what does this warranty cover?

Let’s break it down for you:

1. Tile Warranty: 25 Years

This warranty covers both solar and non-solar tiles, which the company claims can remain free from defects and workmanship for 25 years. Both are engineered to withstand rain, wind, and hail, meaning you will spend very little on solar panel repairs.

2. Power Warranty: 25 Years

This power warranty ensures that the solar shingles will produce a specified level of energy for 25 years. It claims that these shingles will generate at least 95% of their rated power output for the first five years, with a decline of no more than 0.5% per year after that. In other words, these tiles will still produce at least 85% of their original power output after 25 years.

3. 10-Year Comprehensive Warranty

Your entire solar roof system, including Tesla Powerwall, inverter, and roof mounting and leaks, comes with a 10-year comprehensive warranty. With this warranty, Tesla claims that your solar roof will remain watertight and protect your home against leaks caused by rain, snow, or ice for ten years. If you file a claim, the company will process it and perform the related labor at their own cost.

4. Wind Rating: Class F

The solar tiles have a wind rating of Class F - the highest rating for wind resistance in this class. This wind rating is issued to roof shingles that can withstand wind speeds up to 110 mph.

5. Hail Rating: Class 4

These solar shingles come with the highest Class 4 hail rating. This means your solar roof can withstand the impact of hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter without sustaining significant damage. In Reno, where strong winds and hailstorms are common, this warranty puts the minds of many homeowners at ease.

6. Fire Rating: Class A

The Tesla solar roof also has the highest possible rating for fire resistance. A Class A fire rating means these solar shingles can withstand severe exposure without catching on fire.

Can Tesla Solar Roof Last Beyond Warranty

So, exactly how long does a Tesla solar roof last?

While Tesla offers a 25-year warranty, the tempered glass and architecture-grade steel tiles may last well beyond this safety net, potentially more than 30 years. But this depends on various factors, including:

1. Proper Installation

Proper installation lays the foundation for the long-term performance of your solar roof. It prevents leaks, poor energy production, and premature wear and tear. For this reason, you should hire an experienced Tesla solar roof installer.

2. Maintenance

Cleaning your solar roof at least twice a year can boost energy production by around 3% to 5%. You can use water from a garden hose or soap water and a non-abrasive sponge to clean your roof.

3. Weather Conditions

Although these solar shingles are designed to handle extreme conditions, local weather can affect their performance. But with regular inspection, you can identify and replace damaged shingles. In fact, you can replace these tiles piecemeal, which is convenient and cost-effective.

Investing in Your Future

If you are thinking about getting a new solar roof, Tesla is an option worth considering. Not only does it offer a sustainable energy solution, but it also provides exceptional roof protection. And although the upfront cost is high, with its robust design and 25-year warranty, it pays for itself in the long run. 

For 25 years (maybe longer), this system will help you:

  • Reduce or even eliminate your energy bills
  • Ensure a steady power supply during grid outages
  • Increase your home value
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Improve your curb appeal

Get Your Tesla Solar Roof Today

All things considered; the Tesla solar roof is a smart investment. With proper installation and regular maintenance, it can last well beyond its 25-year warranty and generate clean energy for your home. By investing in this system, you are not just investing in a roof, you are investing in a sustainable, cost-effective way of living.

Need to know more about Tesla solar roofs? Reach out to our team at Mountain Vista Roofing. We specialize in solar roofing solutions. Call us today!