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Old 02-02-2010, 06:37 PM   #46
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We replaced our roof last summer due to hail damage. We used the GAF/Elk Prestique 40-year Cool Colors shingles in white. I have lots of vaulted ceilings, and I suspect they were not well insulated. We could feel the heat radiating from the ceilings on hot days, and my powered attic fan in the un-vaulted section ran constantly.

After the shingles were installed, the attic fan only ran for a couple of hours during the hottest part of the day. I don't have a good comparison of cooling costs before and after since the weather was unusually cool last year.

My roofer loved the heavy shingles, and said they should last forever. The Cool Colors shingles ended up costing $1,500 more than the standard 30-year Prestique shingles (30 squares). I'm getting the $1,500 back on taxes. Be careful though; only the cost of materials (not installation and labor) counts towards the tax credits



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Old 05-21-2010, 10:34 AM   #47
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Solar reflectivity VS Solar emissivity...?

I just ordered my Energy Star rated asphalt shingles through my roofing contractor and went with CertainTEED Landmark White Mist architectural shingles because of the tax credit and because of the advertised 15-30% energy savings (during warmer months). I was poking around the Web and noticed new shingle technology that advertises solar reflectivity and solar emissivity. Are there additional advantages to solar emissivity? Some shingles I've noticed will have a thin layer of aluminum foil on the back to stop the heat from entering your attic but my roofing contractor steered me away from those because he said that it would "cook the shingles" and would void the warranty. I probably spent 3-4 hours researching energy efficient shingles and now have more questions than answers. Any help Ed?

Below is the Energy Star Shingle Tax Credit Specs....

Does my roof qualify for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Tax Credit?

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 StarŪ: 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.

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Old 07-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #48
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Not all tge E Star approved shingles are 3 tab

Some one posted most the shingles that qualify are 3 tabs. Just one example that is on the list here that is an architectual 30 year with a 110 mph wind resistance is the Landmark. They make 3 shingle colors that qualify.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:32 PM   #49
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Just Installed Energystar White!

Wow! Reduced my attic temperature in Tennessee by 35 degrees the first day. Second it's 54 degrees cooler. My 2 year old 3 ton unit for the second floor alone now cools perfectly! It was 87 degrees up there by 1 pm the day before I installed this roof! To those who think a white roof is open minded. My neighbors are jealous and it looks awesome! Other colors are available but best ratings on white which is why is I did the white.

I love it!
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:42 PM   #50
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I'm looking at doing it this year, with GAF white as well as insulating the roof deck. Unfortunately I'm having problems getting roofers to even give me a quote.

White is only s slighe shade lighter than my present roof color, looks good to me!

I think the 30% only covers some specific things, not all energy retrofits. I thing roofing materials and insulation only qualify for the 15% credit.
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:25 PM   #51
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Whether or not Energy Star Cool Shingles are worth it or not depends on a few factors like slope, climate, and sun exposure. To help answer the question I've put together a report on them using the Timberline Cool Series Shingle in Case Study: Are Energy Star Cool Shingles Worth It.

Hope it helps answer some questions.


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