Why choose Solex Roofing?
Solex Roofing offers a complete package for your solar water heating requirements.
- Integrated system – it replaces the traditional roofing material and improves roof insulation
- Efficient performance all year round – 50-70% of hot water and space heating requirements, and nearly all the heat for a swimming pool throughout at least 3 seasons of the year
- Low m2 cost compared with normal solar panels or tubes
- Whole roof faces may be covered resulting in significant fuel savings and CO2 emissions reduction
- Aesthetically pleasing - the planning authorities have welcomed our solar roofing design
- Simple installation process and low maintenance
- No change to roof structure is necessary
- Guaranteed for 10 years with an estimated life-span of 35 years
- A solar system adds value to the building making it a safe long term investment
Solar heating without the panels
Solar water heating has proved to make a significant contribution in the reduction of CO2 emissions. It is a step forward towards a more sustainable home and it makes sense financially.
Solex Roofing uses our lightweight, patented, solar absorbers fitted under toughened glass slates. It does away with the need for conventional flat panel or evacuated tube solar collectors, which are heavy, bulky and expensive.
The result is solar heated water that can be used for hot water, space heating and pool heating as well as commercial and industrial applications.
A combination of functionality and aesthetics
The visual effect of these tiles is a uniform medium to light grey, resulting from the reflection of the sky on the surface and the colour of the absorbers beneath.
Made with extremely durable and weatherproof materials, our solar roofing can be fitted across the whole face of a roof, or as a patch surrounded by other roofing materials.
We have designed and developed our products to integrate with standard size slates, so the cost of roof build-up and passive parts of the roof is minimised.
Operation – the basics
The roof to be covered should ideally face between SE and SW with South-facing being ideal. The optimum pitch is between 30 and 50 degrees.
The sun shines through the glass roof slates onto metal absorber panels beneath. A copper pipe welded to the reverse of the absorbers carries water throughout the roof, picking up heat. Water is circulated by a pump and transfers the absorbed heat to a storage tank. The glass roofing prevents heat loss from the absorbers to the air, and a rear-insulating layer prevents heat loss into the roof structure.
A solar controller unit controls the system and delivers the heat to where it is most needed, with safeguards so that when it detects that no more heat is required, the system is put into standby with no harm to the solar roof. The system water contains antifreeze to prevent winter damage.