Approximately 17 percent of all electricity generated in the United States goes to cooling homes and businesses. In terms of cost, this equates to about $40 billion annually. In recent years, the federal government has taken steps to lower the amount of energy used for air conditioning, including a tax credit for cool roofs. The credit was set to expire in 2016, but it was extended. If you invested in a cool roof for your home in 2017, you can claim the credit in 2018.
Cool Roof Tax Extension 2018 | Austin, Texas – What Are Cool Roofs?
Cool roofs are designed so that they reflect more of the sun’s rays and reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the average roof. The roof may incorporate a sheet covering, highly reflective paint or reflective shingles or tiles.
Metal roofs certified as Energy Star-compliant may also be considered cool roofs. These metal roofs may be painted at the factory, unpainted or coated with granules. All styles are designed to absorb and retain less heat than traditional asphalt shingles. Unpainted metal roofs reflect more of the sun’s radiation. Pre-painted and granular-coated styles are also highly reflective, but they have the ability to re-emit as much as 90 percent of the radiation that they do absorb. This helps keep the interior cooler and reduces the energy costs related to cooling the home.
In addition to reducing your utility bills, a cool roof can provide some unexpected benefits.
• The garage and other areas that do not have air conditioning can become more comfortable.
• The decreased roof temperature can prolong the life expectancy of the roof.
• Reducing demands for electricity, especially during peak hours, can help reduce the likelihood of brownouts or power outages.
• Cool roofs can help reduce the urban heat island effect.
• By reducing the demand for energy, cool roofs can help power plants reduce their emissions of nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide.
Even if you are not interested in the tax credit, a cool roof can provide long-term energy savings. It can also make your home more comfortable for your family and guests. However, not every roof is truly a cool roof. You should consult a reputable, experienced roofing contractor who has extensive knowledge of the products that qualify as components of a cool roof. Fortunately, when it comes to color choices, your selection will be far greater than simply a stark white. Your contractor should be able to advise you on the color options and help you select one that works well with your existing color scheme.
Contact Alpha Roofing to Learn More About Cool Roofs
Your investment in your roof is too important to rely on an inexperienced or unreliable contractor. At Alpha Roofing, we have earned an outstanding reputation by consistently delivering superior work and professional customer service at affordable prices. We serve most locations in Austin and Central Texas with metal roof installations, roof repairs, asphalt shingle installations, damage inspections and maintenance plans. We also install skylights, flashing, and wood siding. You can use our online form or call 512-777-1086 to initiate a request for a free quote.