Tax Credit For Energy Efficient Roofing

January 11, 2013 | Filed under: Articles

The federal tax credit for energy efficient roofing (reflective Energy Star-rated metal roofs) was renewed for 2013 as part of the Fiscal Cliff deal. Homeowners who choose the appropriate roofs are eligible for tax credits of 10% of the value of their roofing materials. This is a part of other energy efficiency tax credits, all of which carry a lifetime cap of $500.

One exciting thing to note is that the tax credit was made retroactive for 2012. So, if you purchased an applicable metal roof in 2012, you can take the tax credit. Not all tax software though yet reflects this late breaking change.

If you have questions about energy efficient metal roofing or the tax credit, please email me at

todd Miller

has spent his entire career in the metal building products manufacturing industry. He is president of Isaiah Industries, an organization recognized as one of the world’s leading metal roofing manufacturers. Todd is currently Vice President of the MRA (Metal Roofing Association) and a Past Chair of MCA (Metal Construction Association). Through his website, he strives to raise the bar on standards and practices to provide property owners with the best possible products for successful roofing projects.

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2 responses to “Tax Credit For Energy Efficient Roofing”

  1. Bob Cooley says:

    Hi, I live in hot humid climate; local metal has only
    vertical colored sheets – don’t particularly like the look; have a lite colored 1 story brick ranch from the 80’s. Neighbor is close w/new light colored metal – would like
    help with color. Light brick, dark brown paint (also on porch) with off white shutters. Many tall pines and oaks
    close to house. Contractor came to door; contacted ins, they agreed and sent check inc. some interior work due to several leaks by boots. If metal on roof do all old shingles need to be removed? Wood decking already replaced plus 2 boots. Contactor quoted arch. shingles (didn’t seem
    interested in metal) – price seemed hi to me – using all
    ins.$ Other home in area done in metal for alot less and
    approved by metal mfg. Problem is – signed contract (pressure) and want 1,000 if they don’t get job. Don’t see license on any paperwork but are apparently part of co. that
    is in 7 states and mgr. claims to live in area. Do dark colors qualify for rebates or energy star or cool roof and does a dark brown retain heat or reflect. Many pine cones and straw land on my roof – how to remove sap and debris.
    When they came to measure – never got on roof – later got on and they agreed with ins. co. dimensions. I will add
    ridge vent no matter which I choose but I currently have gable vents; must they be blocked off if I install ridge vents.I’ve signed two papers -one inc. the 1,000 if I don’t choose this contractor and the other is the contract; if I choose not to have shingles and they can’t or won’t provide metal (using I assume a different crew) am I obligated to use them. I felt rushed and pleased at the same time as I
    didn’t realize how bad the roof was wind damaged and was pleased to hear that I could file a claim – I was not told
    they only did shingles. Sorry all of this is a jumbled mess – any advice or help would be appreciated.

    • toddmiller says:

      I apologize for the delay in my response. It sounds like they sort of forced you into a deal. You may want to obtain local legal advice to determine how to get out of it. As far as going over the old shingles … it is possible with many metal roofs. As far as colors, lighter colors will have better reflectivity. Experienced metal contractors will bring samples you can look at against your house. It sounds like you could easily use a medium or a dark gray or brown. There are also some buff colors out there and reds which might work.

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