You Can Go Green with Your New Roof!
Top Roofing cares about protecting the environment. We always make every effort to recycle roof debris and always give our customers options on how to improve their home and roof. Below are some environmentally friendly ideas if you are considering going green.
Going green is not just good for the environment, it can also be great for your pocketbook. In fact, implementing a few easy environmental projects right within your own home, can help to significantly reduce your annual energy bills. Consider starting out by making some simple alterations to the way your home is insulated, which can reduce your carbon footprint and save you money.
Home insulation is one of the most cost effective ways to cut down on the amount of energy that is required to run your home. In fact, there are a number of small improvements that cost very little to implement, and will easily pay for themselves over time.
Living in California, we get our share of hot summers. One way to make the summer a little less grueling is to consider changing the color and reflectivity of your roof. A dark roof can get up to 180°F on a sunny, windless day. A white roof or roof coating will reflect more of the sun’s heat, so that your attic and house stay cooler. Flat roofs are especially good candidates, because you can’t see them from ground level.
Look for a material with a high solar reflectance (sometimes called albedo). The best ones are usually smooth and white. There are, for example, white roof coatings that can be applied over asphalt shingles and most other roofing substrates. When first applied, these can provide a solar reflectance of up to 80%, which means that only 20% of the sun’s energy is being absorbed as heat. White roof coatings do weather and get dirty, however. After several years, their reflectance may go down to about 50%. This is still a significant benefit, but the degradation is worth keeping in mind.
Light-colored roofs have an added advantage over dark roofs: they tend to last longer. The constant heating and cooling of a roof causes it to expand and contract, causing wear and tear on the materials. Lighter color roofs which have a tendency to remain cooler are generally more durable.
Don’t bother trying to interpret lengthy codes and perform complex calculations.
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Solar Reflective Shingles:
Landmark Solaris Lifetime (50 year) Solar Reflective Shingles cost about 50% more than a standard Landmark 30 year architectural shingle. Both qualify for the energy tax credit of up to $500 on 30% of the cost of the Solar Reflective Shingle material under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Combined with the savings on your energy bills, these roofs can actually almost pay for themselves over the years.
- Tax credit for 30% of the cost of energy-efficient products up to a lifetime cap of $500.
- The tax credit applies to the cost of materials only (not installation costs).
- At the present time, this credit is available for 2012.
- 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.