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New Roof Tax Credit

The new roof tax credit, part of the federal stimulus bill made law in 2009, allows some homeowners to take a credit for 30 percent of the cost for energy-efficient roofing materials, up to $1,500. Are you eligible, and if so, would the roofing improvements help you cut energy costs?

Who is Eligible for the New Roof Tax Credit

Only metal roofs with pigmented coatings and asphalt (shingle or modified bitumen) roofs with cooling granules are eligible for the new roof tax credit. Roofing materials must meet Energy Star requirements and be designed to reflect heat.

To be eligible for the new roof tax credit you must also meet the following requirements:

  • The new roof must be installed on an existing home.
  • You must be the homeowner.
  • The home must be your primary residence and located in the United States.
  • New roof installation must be made between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.

Will the Energy-Efficient Roof Help Cut Your Energy Costs?

Because the new roof tax credit is for reflective roofs that cut the energy required to cool a home, not everyone would reduce their energy costs by installing the metal or asphalt roof.

Reflective roofing is designed to reduce the amount of heat entering your home. If you live in a cold climate where you use more heat than air conditioning, this type of reflective roof would not help you cut energy usage as much as it would someone who uses more energy cooling a home than heating one.

But if your central air conditioner consumes a lot of energy because your home is exposed to the sun and you want to cut that energy cost, a new metal or asphalt roof may offer significant savings _ in addition to the new roof tax credit.

Contact Ref Home Services for Asphalt or Metal Roof Installation

If you believe your home could benefit from an asphalt or metal roof installation, contact Ref Home Services. With a national network of skilled, licensed roofing contractors Ref can get you the most competitive prices for a new roof installation. Your local roofing contractor can answer questions you might have about the new roof tax credit and help determine what type of roof is best for your home.