Posts Tagged ‘tax credits for roofs’

Roofing and Insulation ~ When To Add Insulation To Your Home

October 27, 2009

During a reroofing job, you have a unique opportunity to add insulating material.  Because most of your heat loss occurs through the roof, adding this insulation will save you money on your energy bills.

Info: Click here for R-value recommendations for optimal energy savings and comfort.

The required minimum R-value of roof insulation varies according to the climate zone within which the building is located and whether a new building is being constructed or an existing building is being reroofed.  Single-family homes are currently exempt from this requirement.  Nevertheless, it is nearly always cost-effective to add insulation when reroofing your home.

Contact United Roofing today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717

The DOE Insulation Fact Sheet offers helpful advice on insulating your existing house and supplies and information you need to know if you are building a new home.  It is available in two versions for your convenience.
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Does My Home Need More Insulation?

October 22, 2009

Do I Need Insulation?

Ask yourself these questions and if you answer yes to more than one, you probably need to add insulation to your home.

  • Do you have ice dams, icicles or areas of your roof that the snow melts quicker than others do?
  • Are your energy bills excessively high?
  • Do you notice drastic temperature differences in attic area compared with the rest of your home?
  • Does your furnace seem to run too much in the winter?
  • Does your air conditioner run too much in the summer?
  • Do you have problems with the condition of your roof such as curling shingles?

Early detection of leaks and roof system failures make it possible for us to repair and extend the life of a roof system.  A lot of money was spent on roofs a couple years ago when we all experienced heavy snow and freezing temperatures.  What if that money was spent unwisely?  What if all you needed to do was check for insulation and ventilation?  Isn’t it worth the 15-minute inspection?

Contact United Roofing today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717

Tax credits for insulation: Federal tax credits are available for adding insulation to existing homes.

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More valuable information: Click here for R-value recommendations for optimal energy savings and comfort.

Selecting Roofing Material for Your Home or Business

October 10, 2009

Roof Materials

Cost, durability, and appearance are all factors to consider when choosing roofing materials.  The best roofing system for your home depends on which of these factors you weigh more heavily.  The following roofing materials are commonly used for residential “steep slope” roofs.

Asphalt Shingles – The most common roof covering across the U.S. is asphalt shingles.  The major advantage of an asphalt shingle roof is its relatively low initial cost.  Shingles vary significantly in quality and warranty, so check with your roofer for your options.  A typical asphalt shingle roof may last about 20 years.

Metal Roofing – Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, especially among homeowners in warmer climates.  Metal roofing costs significantly more up front than asphalt shingles ($100 to $600 “per square” or 100 sq. ft.).  But the costs of the roof over the life of the roof may be competitive because metal roofs last significantly longer and may lower annual utility bills because they reflect heat very well.

Tile Roofing – Made from clay or concrete, tile roofs are extremely durable with warranties typically covering 50 to 75 years.  Tile roofing is heavy, so if you are replacing a lightweight material with tile, be sure that your roof supports are strong enough to bear the weight.  If not, reinforcing your roof structure can add significant cost to installing a tile roof.

Slate Roofs – Slate roofing is also very durable and looks great, but also costs more than other roofing materials.  Slate is quarried in the Northeast United States and a variety of colors and grades are available.

Choosing a new roof is a big decision and a major project.  There are many good choices in the market today, so it pays to spend a little time doing some research on what type of roof will best suit your needs.  You will want to make sure you are choosing the right roof for your house and budget.

No matter which roofing system your home or business needs, United Roofing has an assortment of materials to suite your needs as well as your budget.  Our skilled roofing experts are up to date and on top of the latest advancements in technology so that we can provide you with the materials and techniques to get the job done to your complete satisfaction.

Contact Us today at 612-617-1717 for all your home or business roofing needs!

Roofing Tax Credits Can Offset Upgrades To Energy-Efficient Metal and Asphalt Roofs

September 1, 2009

Does My Roof Qualify For The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Tax Credit?

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ROOFING SERVICES

With the recent signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements that were originally part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 have been reinstated, extended and increased.

• Tax Credit: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2/17/2009 enables homeowners to receive up to a $1,500 tax credit if they install specific energy efficient products (asphalt roofing products) which carry an Energy Star rating.

Energy Star®: Energy Star guidelines for residential roofing products require that products have a minimum solar reflectivity (SR value) of .25.
Additional Details:

  • Tax credit for 30% of the cost of energy-efficient products up to a lifetime cap of $1,500.
  • The tax credit applies to the cost of materials only (not installation costs).
  • At the present time, this credit is available for 2009 and 2010.
  • Homeowner must save receipts and provide a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
  • IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) is the form the homeowner will use to apply for the tax credit.

United Roofing & Remodeling is the leading residential and commercial roofing contractor for high-performance roofing systems for commercial and industrial properties in the Twin Cities.  We offer our customers the industry’s most comprehensive customer support, installation and repair services.

Please Contact Us today for a free inspection of your roof at 612-617-1717

Roofing & Insulation
Credit Available 30% of cost (product only, no labor)
$1,500 maximum for all improvements combined
Timeline Must be “placed in service” (ready and available for use)
Jan. 1, 2009 – Dec. 31, 2010
Requirements
Metal & Asphalt Roofs Energy Star–qualified
Insulation Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments
Must be expected to last five years or have a two-year warranty
Primary purpose must be to insulate. As of May 31, 2009, IRS has not ruled on SIPs or insulated siding, but it is believed that SIPs are eligible

Is There A Tax Credit For Roofs?

August 25, 2009

Which Roofs Qualify For A Tax Credit?

Yes, metal roofs and “reflective asphalt shingles” that meet ENERGY STAR requirements are eligible for the tax credit.  There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list (look in the “Type” column):

Excel: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.xls

PDF: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.pdf

Reflective Metal Roofing

  • Reflective metal roofing saves on energy costs because it is able to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere.  This reduces the amount of energy absorbed into your home.
  • Qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings.  This can reduce peak cooling demands by 10-15%.

United Roofing & Remodeling Inc offers a wide variety of services designed to suit all our clients’ roofing needs.  With 20 years of experience, we have both the skill and the resources necessary to complete every job to your satisfaction.  Whether you need repairs or a brand new roof installed, our team of fully trained experts can handle any job or task with skill and precision.

For more information on any of roofing, siding, window, or gutter services, call United Roofing & Remodeling Inc today at 612-617-1717

Roofing & Insulation

Credit Available

30% of cost (product only, no labor)
$1,500 maximum for all improvements combined

Timeline

Must be “placed in service” (ready and available for use)
Jan. 1, 2009 – Dec. 31, 2010

Requirements

Metal & Asphalt Roofs

Energy Star–qualified

Insulation

Meets 2009 IECC & Amendments
Must be expected to last five years or have a two-year warranty
Primary purpose must be to insulate. As of May 31, 2009, IRS has not ruled on SIPs or insulated siding, but it is believed that SIPs are eligible

There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list (look in the “Type” column):