Whether you’re building a home from scratch, are in need of a new roof, or just want to see how compatible your current roof is with solar, read on. We’ll go over some details, roof types and include information while considering any solar renewable energy.
Before discussing solar and different roof types, it’s important to first discuss roof health. A large part of the costs associated with going solar is the installation labor. If your roof isn’t healthy before the panels go up and you find out five years later that a repair is needed, you could be on the hook for a sizable solar panel removal and reinstallation fee. A reputable solar team will be able to assess the health of your roof prior to sale. But for the most reliable assessment, a licensed roofer should be your first call before contacting a solar team.
In certain situations, you can deduct your roofing costs under the Energy Policy Act. If your existing roof lacks the structural strength to support the solar panels, you may need to reinforce it with new joists or sheeting. You may be able to deduct the cost of these upgrades. Another potential deduction would be specialized shingles designed to improve the efficiency of the solar panels. Certain roofing materials, such as metal or asphalt shingles that meet Energy Star requirements, may qualify you for a 10 percent federal tax deduction. This deduction does not fall under the solar tax credit, but rather the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit.
Note that the tax credits mentioned above do not include installation costs. The Energy Star website provides extensive information about various federal tax credits related to energy efficiency.
Depending on a wide array of factors, size, and condition of your roof, the cost to replace a roof in Richmond, VA can run between $10,000 to $20,000. Contact us for any roofing or solar questions.
Talk to your tax professional to fully understand your tax advantages. And, finally, connect with a reputable roofing company that can provide solid advice and quality work.
So what roofing materials do we use for roofing and solar? We work directly as a premium installer for Owens Corning roofing products therefore, we provide and install new roofs with curb appeal and premium protection