January 17, 2008 | Filed under: Roofing Issues
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 included tax credits for homeowners who made energy-efficient updates to their home, including having metal roofing installed that met Energy Star criteria. Those tax credits were effective for 2006 and 2007 but have now expired and were not renewed (so far).
But, cool metal roofing is STILL a great value for homeowners and will provide tremendous payback in energy savings. Classic Metal Roofing is cool in three ways: First, all our materials are aluminum, which is naturally the most heat-reflective material available for roofing. Just like aluminum foil in the oven keeps food from browning, aluminum roofing reflects the heat of the sun away from your home and keeps your attic MUCH cooler.
Second, because Classic Metal Roofing has such thickness and deep texture, it creates an air pocket between the metal surface and the roof decking. This empty air pocket is a great insulator which prevents heat from transferring from the metal roof into the attic.
Finally our special hI-R Coating is what gets us our Energy Star rating and goes even further to reflect away the heat of the sun. It does its work in the infrared spectrum, and makes our popular brown and grey colors perform like a white roof would! (People recognize that white is the coolest roof but most people don’t want a white roof on their home).
In the summer of 2007, we installed Rustic Shingle on a home in Danville, Kentucky. About a month after we were done, I received the following e-mail from the homeowner:
I just wanted to give you some feedback on our new roof…not just its looks, but the improved energy usage. Our July-August KU bill shows we used 208 kwh with the metal roof vs 249 kwh last year with shingles (both time periods had the same outside average temp of 78 degrees). That’s a 17% reduction in energy use – not too bad!