Tax Credit For Roofs

The tax credit for roofs are effective through December 31, 2016

10% of the cost (not including installation costs), up to $500

Must be installed on your “principal residence” between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2016.

“Metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings” and “asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules” that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements are eligible.

Roof coatings are NOT eligible for the tax credit.

The roofs that are eligible are “reflective roofs.” Reflective roofs are not for everyone. They will provide the most benefit in hot sunny climates where you are using your air conditioning a lot. If your house is already shaded and the roof is not exposed to much sun, then a reflective roof may not provide a significant benefit. The benefits will also be lessened if your attic space is well insulated.

New construction and rentals do not apply

Unfortunately, a simple list of all roofs that qualify for the tax credit does not exist.

Many metal and asphalt(either shingles or “Modified Bitumen”) roofs are listed on the ENERGY STAR certified product list. EPA can not confirm that these ENERGY STAR certified tops are eligible for the tax credit. Check with the manufacturer, and ask them to provide a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.

If you want to look at the ENERGY STAR certified roof list, look in the “Product Type” column for:

Metal roofs will have a Type = “Metal.”

Asphalt Roofs will have a Type =

  • “Shingle,” which is typically used on sloped residential roofs.
  • “Modified Bitumen,” a rolled roof product generally used on flat roofs.

ENERGY STAR certified roof products list