New $500 Tax Credit for Metal Roofs Installed in 2016

Smart homeowners are recognizing the many benefits of energy-efficient, eco-friendly metal roofing.  In fact, metal roofing is now the second most popular re-roofing product in the U.S.  The federal government recently added another reason to choose a durable, attractive metal roof to protect your home – a $500 tax credit.  Homeowners who add “cool” metal roofs to their primary residence in 2016 are eligible for the $500 tax credit.  What could be better?  In essence, you can save money by saving money!

$500 Tax Credit for Metal Roofs

Today’s metal roofs are high-tech wonders that feature highly reflective coatings that provide year-round relief from high energy costs.  Metal roofs also offer a variety of styles, including tiles, shakes, shingles or standing-seam panels to either make a statement or blend in with the neighborhood.  The latest paint technologies allow even darker colored metal roofs to absorb less heat through the use of highly reflective pigments that reflect solar energy.

Wondering which metal roofs qualify?  A good place to start is at the Metal Roofing Alliance website (www.MetalRoofing.com).  All of our manufacturer members are committed to selling only the highest quality “Investment Grade” metal roofs, and many have reflective coatings that meet the government standards. You can find a quality contractor in your area that can help you to choose the right roof for your home.

To be sure to choose a qualifying metal roof, ask your contractor to provide a copy of the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the product.  This is a signed statement from the manufacturer certifying that the metal roof qualifies for the tax credit. You’ll need it when you file your taxes, along with IRS Form 5695.

Metal Roofing Tax Credit

You can find out more about the metal roofing tax credit here: Energy Star.  Of course, specific tax questions are best answered by your tax professional.

p.s. – if you installed a qualifying metal roof in 2015, you can also take advantage of the tax credit.  Check with your tax professional.

 

 

Architect Designs 26 New Homes, All With Metal Roofs

Gardenista has a new feature on  architect Drew Lang’s project to build 26 homes in the Hudson Valley that embrace the area’s natural wooded landscape.

Designed to blend seamlessly with the surroundings, all of the homes in the Hudson Woods community will include a standing seam metal roof.  The theme of the project is “Where Design Meets Nature.”

Hudson Woods Homes with Metal Roofs

Hudson Woods development with metal roofs

Read more about the project in the full article, “Architect Visit: Into the Woods with Drew Lang in the Hudson Valley” by Julie Carlson on Gardenista .

 

Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Wildfires aren’t just a threat to the West Coast.  Between January 1 and September 29, 2015 there were 50,030 wildfires in the U.S., which burned over 9 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.  In fact, 2015 has been one of the worst wildfire seasons on record.  A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire that starts in an undeveloped area.  It can also spread to communities, threatening homes and lives.

wildfire

While loss of forest land is a concern, the impact of wildfires on communities and the dangers faced by wildland firefighters is a bigger concern.  This is particularly true because as many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by humans, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.

Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), founded in 1896, is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire.  The NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfires.

Firewise Program

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.  The Firewise program has documented $132 million in local grant funding reaching more than 1.4 million people.

In Minnesota, the Lake County Emergency Management Department applied for and was granted a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) grant to support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The grant encourages homeowners in areas highly susceptible to wildfires to install fire resistant roofs on their structures.  Of course, metal roofs are the perfect solution.  The Minnesota agency recently paid out the first reimbursement of a fire resistant roof grant to a county homeowner.

lake county website

The federal grant program will reimburse participants up to 70 percent materials and installation of the roof, up to $7,500 per eligible structure. To be eligible for the grant, participants had to create a defensible space around their homes, clearing all potential wildfire fuel from within 30 feet of the structure.

“We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire,” states Dick Bus, President of the MRA.  “These are excellent programs that protect homes and ultimately saves lives.  A metal roof is a sound investment that will protect a home for decades,” continued Bus.

To learn more about how to keep families safe and reduce homeowners’ risk for wildfire damage, please visit www.firewise.org.

HGTV Features Home with Metal Roof

HGTV is known for its wide range of programs that highlight the latest trends and products for homeowners.  A recent feature on the “Inspiring Abodes” section of  HGTV’s website included a beautiful cottage designed by Lisa Furey that showcases the durability and beauty of a metal roof.  The article says: “Board and batten siding, a standing seam metal roof and board and batten composite shutters — all weather-proof choices — give the exterior a farmhouse feel.”

HGTV House with Metal Roof

HGTV House with Standing Seam Roof

You can read the whole article here at HGTV.  Learn more about the benefits of metal roofs at the Metal Roofing Alliance website.  You can also test drive a metal roof using the free “My New Metal Roof” tool.

 

Need a New Roof? How About Metal?

More and more North American homeowners are aware that when it comes time to replace their roof, they have a choice. In the past, the procedure was simply more of the same, i.e., remove worn, faded asphalt shingles and install new asphalt shingles.  But today its growing popularity—whether in standing seam panels or in forms such as shingles, shakes, and even slate—positions metal roofing as an alternative to more of the same.

MRA Member Gerard metal roof

Wondering if a metal roof is right for you?  The new e-book, Above All You Need A Great Roof, written by home improvement experts Jim Cory and Dave Yoho is a great free resource that can guide you through the process of replacing your roof.  You can download it here.

There are many advantages to replacing a roof with metal, but the principal one is longevity. A professionally installed metal roof with last two or three times longer than a new roof consisting of mid-grade shingles. It’s the reason why so many metal roofing manufacturers offer 50-year warranties on their products. Replace a roof with metal and a homeowner very likely never have to worry about again.

My New Metal Roof

To learn more about Metal Roofing and see what your home could look like with a new metal roof, visit the not-for-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.