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2013 Metal Roofing Tax Credits

On January 2nd, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which extended tax credits for Energy Star® rated metal roofing.
Along with energy savings, installing an Energy Star rated metal roof on your home may also qualify you for a tax credit worth 10% of the cost of your metal roofing, up to a $500 total credit.
These tax credits are retro-active, applying to both materials purchased in 2013, as well as previously purchased materials in 2012.

Many of Best Buy Metals roof materials are available in Energy Star® rated colors. These colors not only save you money on electric bills, they can also save you money when tax time comes.

A tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed.

This 2013 credit allows for 10% of the roofing material cost, up to $500. This tax credit is retro-active, allowing for a metal roof tax credit on purchases in 2012 as well.


Example: If your metal roof material costs are $4800, when you do your taxes at the end of the year this would reduce your taxes by $480, bringing the actual cost of your total roof investment down to $4320. ($4800-$480)


Requirements

The requirements for Energy Star compliance are broken down into two categories: Low-Slope roofs and Steep-Slope roofs. Low-Slope roofs are surfaces with a slope of 2:12 or less. Steep-Slope roofs are defined as surfaces with a slope greater than 2:12. Following is information regarding the requirements of each type of Energy Star® roofs.

Table 1 – Specifications for Low-Slope Roof Products
Characteristic Performance Specification
Energy Efficiency Levels
Initial Solar Reflectance Greater than or equal to 0.65.
Maintenance of Solar Reflectance Greater than or equal to 0.50 three years after installation under normal conditions.
Reliability
Manufacturer warranty for defects in materials and manufacturing Each company's roof product warranty for reflective roof products must be equal in all material respects to the product warranty offered by the same company for comparable non-reflective roof membrane products. A company that sells only reflective roof products must offer a warranty that is equal in all material respects to the standard industry warranty for comparable non-reflective roof products.


Table 2 – Specifications for Steep-Slope Roof Products
Characteristic Performance Specification
Energy Efficiency Levels
Initial Solar Reflectance Greater than or equal to 0.25.
Maintenance of Solar Reflectance Greater than or equal to 0.15 three years after installation under normal conditions.
Reliability
Manufacturer warranty for defects in materials and manufacturing Each company’s warranty for ENERGY STAR qualified roof products must be equal in all material respects to the product warranty offered by the same company for comparable non-ENERGY STAR qualified roof products. A company that sells only ENERGY STAR qualified roof products must offer a warranty that is equal in all material respects to the standard industry warranty for comparable non-ENERGY STAR qualified roof products.

Benefits of an Energy Star® Rated Metal Roof System

Reflective Metal Roof

The benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified roof products include:

If you want to find out more about metal roofing, go to our metal roofing styles page.
Also you can learn more about the benefits of cool Energy Star metal roofing here.

*Make sure to consult with your accountant regarding any tax related credit or question. The above information was relayed as best as possible from the Energystar.gov website. Restrictions may apply.



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